NFL fared: Keenum leads Vikings to NFC title game


Third-round draft pick Pat Elflein, and a few other changes, have transformed a very ordinary Vikings line into division champions. I know it's still early in 2018, but Philly's shaping up to be the best destination of the year, possibly even the millennium. Stopping him will be the job of Eagles left offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a second-year blocker whose parents were from Tonga. He's really competitive. He's got an edge about him. I can go on and on and on about this team so I think they understand the task that we have at hand and the opportunity that we may have as well. The Eagles are coming off a 15-10 home payout over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional round last week.

Defense, as Cox correctly predicted, decided that game. "We're going to slide help over there", Pederson said. "They'll have things that they've worked on during the week". It's hard for the center to point protection and all those type of things.

Diggs has only arrived at this stage of his life and his career, a Vikings standout on the verge of a Super Bowl, with an unrelenting diligence and a dose of humility. "We watch the same film and similar defenses we have played". Head coach Mike Zimmer has proven to be an excellent hire. He's strong, physical, I look forward to the battle. I think [Rhodes] is a much better player. The Vikings, by the way, are 3½-point favorites.

Said Johnson, "We figured it would be a good way to raise some money for the schools". Additionally, No. 1 seeds are 28-12 in all Conference Championship games and 8-0 in the last eight games. Cox added. "At the end of the day, respect isn't given".

So if the Eagles are looking at themselves, and scheming a gameplan to beat a team that, essentially, matches the same skills, how do they win? The Eagles lost their starting quarterback Carson Wentz late in the season and went with Nick Foles as his replacement. Le'Veon Bell rushed more than 300 times this season, while six players did it in 2007 and nine had plus-300 runs in 2002. "There's always good and always bad in some of the games, but we made some critical errors in that game that could have gotten us beat".

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"He's slippery", Cox said of Keenum. "Minnesota is a little bit more diverse in their coverages". Still, the Eagles' defense is legitimate and Keenum has to be ready to throw the ball away and not up for grabs when pressured. He's done an outstanding job taking care of the football, getting us in the right plays, and making plays.

- The Rams, while still in St. Louis, traded Bradford to Philadelphia in March of 2015 in exchange for Foles, who signed a two-year extension five months later with the expectation he would be the starter for the foreseeable future. He could have thrown a couple more. You had fans shotgunning 4 straight beers on national TV at 10 am. They aren't beating the Vikings with the passing game. Not the way Cox sees it.

The Vikings' defensive line is anchored by defensive end, Everson Griffen. In each, the defense could not dominate the way they typically have at home, either.

"It's going to come down is our D-line better than theirs?"

We know the ball eventually drops and we stash our purple and gold in the back of our closet at the end of the season far sooner than we think we should have to.