The way things were going, it looked like it was going to be another night of tears for the Vikings. They had let a 17 point lead slip right out of their fingers against a Saints outfit that had all the momentum as well as the running down the clock in their corner. Suddenly everything changed.
Leave alone the missed field goal that broke their hearts in 1998. Forget the interception that dashed their hopes in 2009. This time around, the football gods fell on their side, and as incredible as that game turned out to be, the Vikings really can't afford to spend too much time in celebration.
The Viking are facing a daunting prospect a few days down the road: a matchup on the road against a Philadelphia Eagles
side that is coming right off a significant victory over the Falcons. The outfit isn't looking like it's going to be a pushover by any estimation, with Philadelphia's odds for the game at this point being by no means unhealthy. Here's a look at some of the matchups we'll witness come D-Day.
The Eagles Offensive Line vs. The Vikings Defensive Line
If facts are to be faced, it has to be acknowledged that the Vikings defense hasn't been performing to their full potential when it comes to shutting down pass-rushes. Mike Zimmer has put in a lot of work to get them up to scratch, but he'll need to figure out a way of shutting down Nick Foles come gameday.
The Eagles Secondary vs. Case Keenum
The Eagles defense has a tough reputation when it comes to running against it. Statistically, they rank No. 1 in the league in this department, having allowed an average of only 79.2 rushing yards per game this season. This might call for something special from Keenum - carrying the Vikings on his back when it comes to offense. The Eagles might be a bit more vulnerable when it comes to the pass, and so it might fall to him to take advantage of the Eagles' short-handedness and deliver the goods under pressure, which he's shown himself capable of doing in the past.
Nick Foles vs. The Vikings Secondary
On paper, this might look like a mismatch, with Foles being a backup quarterback (following Wentz's injury) facing off against a Vikings secondary that has dominated opposition passing throughout the season. The Eagles will have to come up with something special if Nick is to see them through to the promised land.
Alshon Jeffrey vs. Xavier Rhodes
In the Divisional round, Rhodes had a to pull off a tough job facing up against Michael Thomas, which was a big factor in the Saints' resurgent performance. Jeffrey will present him with another uphill battle that will definitely call for him to dig deeper than he has all season. A heavy duty lies upon Rhodes' shoulders, and he'll have to ditch the attitude that saw him blow a fuse with Thomas resulting from a questionable block against Andrew Sendejo. Should the Eagles figure out a way to suppress Rhodes, their chances of snatching a victory will be all the more solid.
Betting Trends for the Game
The Vikings are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games against the Eagles.
The total has gone under in three of the Vikings' last four games against the Eagles.
The Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in the playoffs as an underdog.
Now that you have your basic betting trends for the Conference game, it time to see the betting odds that the Eagles have for the game:
Vikings vs. Eagles Betting Odds