MINNESOTA @ PHILADELPHIA | 10/07 | 4:25 PM EDT
Minnesota thinks they updated their offense by signing QB Kirk Cousins. Professional coordinator Pat Shurmur is gone, though John DeFilippo (thought about future-head-coach product in NFL circles) was a great hire to change him. WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen turned into a lethal duo, both excelling as route-runners and in contest-catch scenarios. RB Dalvin Cook looked like a star before tearing his ACL in Week 4 of his rookie campaign. You wouldn’t have actually understood it from the NFC Championship Game,however Minnesota had the league’s finest defense last season. They led the NFL in scoring (15.8 points per game) and 3rd-down conversion rate (25%). S Harrison Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes and LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks are among the top entertainers at their positions. Up front, DEs Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter combined for 20 sacks last season.
All indications are that QB Carson Wentz, the MVP front-runner prior to tearing his ACL in Week 14, will be all set for Week 1. Wentz’s capability to extend plays and throw for big plays late in the down is what makes him special. The offensive line is fantastic, permitting Philly to run a varied and extensive set of running plays. TE Zach Ertz and WR Alshon Jeffery are atop a deep skill-position group that can develop mismatches in a number of ways. Philly’s defensive line is dominant. Fletcher Cox might be the NFL’s a lot of underrated player, and Brandon Graham, Tim Jernigan and Derek Barnett would be the stars of numerous groups’ front 7s. The additions of former Pro-Bowlers Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata as rotational depth are a problem for opposing O-lines. Novice CB Sidney Jones (who would’ve been a 2017 first-rounder if not for a season-ending injury) supplies another upgrade.