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Vikings vs Eagles Betting Preview

Philadelphia EaglesMinnesota Vikings
8-5December 15, 2013, 01:00 | The Metrodome3-9-1

After winning one of the craziest, snowiest games in a long time, the Philadelphia Eagles sit atop the NFC East.

If the playoffs started today Philly would be the three seed on the NFC side of the bracket, hosting a wild-card game. But the Eagles have to keep winning, with a season-ending bout at second-place Dallas on the horizon.

This weekend Philly heads to Minneapolis where at least the Vikings have a dome for two more games.

The Eagles are 10-2 ATS in their past 12 games vs Vikings and they are 7-2 ATS in their past nine road games.

The Eagles were held scoreless in the first half of a snowstorm game Sunday at home against Detroit, then exploded for 34 points in the second half and a 34-20 victory.

Coupled with the Cowboys' loss Monday night at Chicago Philly now leads the NFC East by a game, with three to go.

Minnesota, meanwhile, lost a crazy game at Baltimore Sunday to fall to 3-9, but covered the spread for the fifth time in the last six weeks. In the early betting the Eagles were favored by 4.5 points for Sunday's game at Bovada.

The Vikings currently sport a record of 3-9-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-6-1 ATS. The Eagles are 8-5 and 7-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Vikings post a 10-3 over under record this season, while the Eagles have gone 7-6 against the number.

View Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Vikings in this one found them as 2.5-point underdogs earlier in the week at 5Dimes, while the total was sitting at 51.5 at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 28 (Vikings) and the No. 11 (Eagles) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 26-18 result in favor of the Eagles is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 34-20 winner at home against the Lions. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (54) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last gridiron battle, Cordarrelle Patterson did much of the damage, producing 141 receiving yards but Minnesota managed to defeat the Vikings 29-26 at M&T Bank Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 14-ranked offense (24.23 PPG) against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 13 at 23.15 PPG. The Vikings passing attack has averaged 214.77 yards per game, less than the Eagles give up through the air (285.31 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Eagles feature the league's No. 14-rated road run defense, allowing 111.83 yards per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, ranks No. 10 in rushing offense at home.

A few Eagles at Vikings trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-10-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Chicago, Sunday, December 22nd
Minnesota at Cincinnati, Sunday, December 22nd