4:02 p.m.: OK, that’ll do it for me. The Vikings are putting the finishing touches on this game and I’m heading down to the locker room.
3:48 p.m.: Zach Ertz just fumbled away the football after a long catch and the Eagles are clearly going to lose this game. Ugly all the way around. They had some momentum early in the second half but couldn’t sustain it.
3:38 p.m.: Welp. That’ll do it. The Vikings just went on an 88-yard touchdown drive to seal this game. Kirk Cousins has thrown for over 300 yards with fourth touchdowns.
With 8:17 left in the fourth: Vikings 38, Eagles 20
3:22 p.m.: The Eagles are down 11 points, but are driving as we enter the fourth quarter. If they kicked a field goal at the end of the first half, this might be a one-score game.
After 3: Vikings 31, Eagles 20
3:17 p.m.: Just when the Eagles had some momentum, the Vikings drove 75 yards on nine plays to get a touchdown. The score came on an 11-yard pass to Stefon Diggs, who was being covered by Craig James, who was in for Sidney Jones. The Vikings attacked him and Diggs made a great catch in the back of the end zone.
Late in the third: Vikings 31, Eagles 20
3:08 p.m.: After a big stop from the Eagles’ defense, the offense drove down the field and Jake Elliott was able to kick a 40-yard field goal to cut into the lead.
Still 6:19 left in the third: Vikings 24, Eagles 20
2:51 p.m.: Huge drive from the Eagles, who have life again. The Eagles just went 75 yards on six plays in 2:49 to make this a one-score game. The big play was to Miles Sanders on a 45-yard pass. It’s his fifth 30-plus-yard catch this season.
Early in the third: Vikings 24, Eagles 17
2:32 p.m.: The Eagles had a real chance to get back in the game after Andrew Sendejo’s interception with about a minute left. But then their ensuing drive stalled and Doug Pederson tried a fake punt on 4th-and-4 where kicker Jake Elliott threw an interception. Elliott should have thrown the ball immediately, but that was gross.
If you’re gonna go for it, just go for it. I understand the point of a trick play, but you have Carson Wentz. Let him throw the ball. Instead, Doug overthought it and blew a chance to get back in this game.
Is there just one option on this play? Lol pic.twitter.com/qfieMkAwJU— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) October 13, 2019
A play earlier, Mack Hollins probably should have caught a touchdown. Wentz’s receivers aren’t helping him out very much right now.
At half: Vikings 24, Eagles 10
The Eagles are down 14 points at halftime. Under Doug Pederson, they’ve been down by 14+ points at half three time before. They lost all three of those games.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 13, 2019
Last year, the Eagles were down 14 points to the Vikings at the Linc, but scored 15 in the fourth to get close and lost 23-21.
2:17 p.m.: Jason Peters (knee) is questionable to return. First-round pick Andre Dillard has taken over at left tackle.
2:07 p.m.: The Eagles finally have some life.
Carson Wentz led the Eagles down the field on five plays for a 75-yard drive. It was capped with a 32-yard pass from Wentz to Miles Sanders for a touchdown.
That is the fourth catch of 30+ yards for Sanders this season. And that's for a guy who didn't catch the ball in college. #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 13, 2019
Still in the second: Vikings 24, Eagles 10
2:01 p.m.: This isn’t going well.
Stefon Diggs just roasted Rasul Douglas again. Again, Douglas had no help and Diggs calmly ran past him for a 51-yard touchdown. The Vikings keep getting the Eagles’ safeties to push on crossers and it’s leaving the corners in 1-on-1 situations on those deep balls.
This is getting ugly.
Still in the second: Vikings 24, Eagles 3
1:58 p.m.: The Eagles just went for it on fourth down and turned it over on downs. Everything that could be going wrong is. This isn’t going well. On an early play, Nelson Agholor was clearly interfered with but it wasn’t called and Pederson didn’t challenge. I don’t blame him; no one knows what warrants an overturned no-call right now.
1:50 p.m.: Stefon Diggs just ran past Rasul Douglas for a 62-yard touchdown. No pressure, no coverage. Just a gross play. Kirk Cousins had all day to throw and Diggs just ran past Douglas, who had no safety help deep.
62-yard touchdown pass to Diggs. Looks like this route combination put Rodney McLeod (23) into an impossible bind. pic.twitter.com/kUal6tkya1— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 13, 2019
The Eagles are now down big.
Still early in the second: Vikings 17, Eagles 3
1:45 p.m.: Jake Elliott just drilled a 53-yard field goal to cut into the lead. Jason Peters left that drive and was replaced by Andre Dillard, who almost gave up a sack on his first play. Trainers were looking at Peters’ right leg.
Still in the second: Vikings 10, Eagles 3
1:39 p.m.: The Eagles finally threw a pass … on the last play of the first quarter.
Time of possession in that first quarter was very lopsided:— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 13, 2019
The Eagles were out-gained 100-26 in the first quarter but just picked up a first down.
After 1: Vikings 10, Eagles 0
1:32 p.m.: The Eagles defense just avoided giving up a big touchdown, but Sidney Jones is really struggling. The Vikings are picking on him.
Still 1:54 left in the first: Vikings 10, Eagles 0
1:23 p.m.: The Eagles just ran the ball three times and went 3-and-out. Interesting.
1:16 p.m.: The Vikings just started the game with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that took 7:17 off the clock. Adam Thielen beat Sidney Jones on a double move for a six-yard touchdown. But the Eagles gave up a 3rd-and-13 on that drive.
There’s 7:43 left in the first quarter: Vikings 7, Eagles 0
1 p.m.: Eagles win the toss and defer. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ offense is up first.
12:22 p.m.: Getting ready to go.
11:59 a.m.: Today is a homecoming of sorts for Carson Wentz.
Homecoming for Carson Wentz today. Closest he can play to hometown in NFL— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 13, 2019
3 hours from North Dakota
Most of these fans were/are Vikings fans. Not anymore. One woman even has a Bison/Eagles Carson jersey. One dad is a Vikings fan but kids became Carson/Eagles fans#Eagles pic.twitter.com/JoSdF01zAt
Jeffrey Lurie definitely isn't forgetting that score.
11:45 a.m.: Just a friendly reminder.
11:32 a.m.: No surprises with the Eagles’ inactives.
#Eagles inactives vs. Vikings:— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 13, 2019
Ronald Darby (hamstring)
DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
Timmy Jernigan (foot)
Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck)
Darren Sproles (quad)
11:17 a.m.: A few scenes from pregame warmups as we wait for inactives to be released:
This is where Nick Foles once caught a pass. pic.twitter.com/GWPAj0kXWq— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) October 13, 2019
10:11 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! Just got back into U.S. Bank Stadium. The last time I left here, the field was covered with green and white confetti.
But this really is a beautiful stadium. The one in Atlanta reminded me a lot of it and now that I’m back, I really think that.
We are back. pic.twitter.com/8UcdW3Fb1n— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 13, 2019
Anyway, while you’re waiting for this game, check out my five matchups to watch.
8 a.m.: The Eagles arrived to Minnesota on Saturday in time to see the first snowfall of the season. It’s cold here, but they’ll be playing indoors at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Remember what happened there once?
Well, Roob and I did. In fact, we did a whole podcast from outside the stadium yesterday, remembering the Super Bowl week. Check that out here:
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