The road to the Super Bowl will travel to Philadelphia this Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings make the trip to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Eagles in a prime time NFC Championship Game. For the second straight week at home the Eagles enter the contest as the underdog something sports handicappers will look to take advantage of.
As these two teams get set for their NFC Championship Showdown on Sunday the two teams both have one major consistency to one another. That consistency is the quarterback position where both teams had to move on to another option after the season started due to injuries. For the Vikings, an injury to Sam Bradford opened up the door for Case Keenum to take over. Since taking over the Vikings are 12-3 while throwing for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns.
While the Vikings have had a ton of success with Keenum under center, the Eagles have been up and down on offense since losing MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Since taking over Foles has thrown five touchdowns to just one interception but the Eagles offense has struggled at times. This includes last weekend where the team managed to find the end zone just once but found a way to hold on to a 15-10.
With that said let’s take a look at the Keys to The Game for both the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles in their NFC Championship showdown.
Minnesota Vikings – Take Shots Down Field
The Vikings have a ton of a talent on both sides of the ball but their wide receivers could be the key to their success on Sunday. Two of those wide receivers are Adam Thielen and the hero from the team’s miracle win last weekend Stefon Diggs. Each of these wide receivers can make big plays and enter the NFC Conference Championship game average over 13 yards per reception. If the Vikings can establish the big play capability it will force the Eagles to play their safeties off the line helping to open up the running game.
Philadelphia Eagles – Run the Football
The game plan of the Eagles should me much like their game plan was last weekend as they turned to defense to shut down the Falcons offense while pounding the ball on the ground to move the chains. While the team managed just 96 yards on the ground it helped them run time off the clock while limiting the big play ability of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Now the Eagles will need guys like Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount to make some big plays on the ground while taking the pressure off of Nick Foles.
Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)
Over/Under Line – 39
These two teams enter their NFC Championship showdown red hot as both teams currently have 14 wins on the year to just three losses. For the Vikings, they have won nine of their last ten overall games while posting a solid 7-3 record against the spread for sports handicappers. Along with that success, the Vikings have covered the spread in 42 of their last 60 games overall. The success has not been the same for the Vikings in the playoffs as they are just 2-5 against the spread on the road over their last seven playoff games. The Eagles meanwhile despite going 8-2 over their last ten have posted a 6-4 record against the spread but have been really good at Lincoln Financial Field this season going 6-3 overall against the spread. Much like the Vikings the Eagles have struggled to cover the spread in the playoffs covering in just one of their last four playoff games.
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