This is the 21st meeting. The Vikings lead 11-9 but lost the last meeting 27-16 in a Monday Night Football game on Sept. 20 of this season. QB Daunte Culpepper threw for 343 yards and a touchdown but was sacked four times and lost a fumble at the goal line in the loss.
Vikings: offense 4th (18th rush, 1st pass); defense 28th (21st rush, 29th pass).
Eagles: offense 9th (24th rush, 6th pass); defense 10th (16th rush, 12th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Vikings were their own worst enemy in their regular-season loss to the Eagles, which is a common theme that runs through most of Minnesota's losses.
With their defense likely to struggle, the Vikings can't waste offensive possessions. Look for Minnesota to attempt to establish the ground game early to keep the Eagles' pass rushers at bay. But the big issue is the health of WR Randy Moss' ankle and how effective he can be.
For the Eagles, it's overcoming the loss of WR Terrell Owens and trying to gear it back up after not playing a meaningful game for a month. The first half will be very telling in how accurate QB Donovan McNabb is. But with Owens out, RB Brian Westbrook becomes the team's top playmaker.