Vikings History: Philadelphia Eagles

Vikings History: Philadelphia Eagles

Our weekly Minnesota Vikings history lesson continues with a look at the team’s past against the Philadelphia Eagles. Professor Tony Wenham, an ardent Vikings fan, takes us back.

After their bye week, the Minnesota Vikings fly to Philadelphia to face the 3-2 Eagles. The NFC East team got out of the gates quickly winning three straight games, but after their early bye, they have lost two straight games. Now, the Eagles have the unenviable task of facing the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL. The Vikings sport the league’s best defense and an offense excelling and not turning the ball over (the best friend of a defense). Minnesota has 12 takeaways on defense and only one turnover on offense, leading the league with a +11 differential.

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The Vikings and Eagles have faced each other 25 times. Minnesota began the series with seven straight wins. But, the Eagles have been successful at closing that seven-game gap as the Vikings now hold just a slim edge (13-12).

The Vikings have never defeated the Eagles in the postseason, losing all three playoff encounters by at least 12 points. The last match was January 4, 2009 and Adrian Peterson scored both of the only Vikings touchdowns – one a 40 yard run.

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January 4, 2009, – Adrian Peterson’s two touchdowns and 80 yards rushing were not enough to overcome the Eagles

The Vikings last regular season match with the Eagles was December 15, 2013 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings won 48-30 with the home team scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter to seal the win. One of those touchdowns was a Cordarrelle Patterson 5 yard reception from quarterback Matt Cassel. Blair Walsh missed one of three field goals (6 for 6 in extra points), a 55 yard attempt in the game’s first series.

The last game in Philadelphia was December 28, 2010 and the Vikings won that game, too. The 24-14 win was one of the very few highlights in a supremely disappointing season for Minnesota. Besides a long string of debilitating  injuries, quarterback Brett Favre was involved in the penis-picture texting scandal, head coach Brad Childress was fired in the middle of the season and the roof collapsed at the Metrodome.

That ten point win was also significant because it was the first NFL game played on a Tuesday since 1946. The game, scheduled as a Sunday night affair, was snowed out and played 48 hours later. The postponement was highly criticized as less than 5 inches was on the ground before the scheduled kickoff time.

Many players thought the game should have been played at its scheduled time and date. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said Vince Lombardi would be “mocking us” for the postponement.

Many players thought the game should have been played at its scheduled time and date. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said Vince Lombardi would be “mocking us” for the postponement.

Sunday’s game will see Sam Bradford play the team that shipped him to Minnesota. Bradford faced the Eagles once as a member of the then St. Louis Rams. The 2011 game did not go well for Bradford as he was sacked four times and threw for only 188 yards and zero touchdowns. Bradford also fumbled which was returned for a touchdown. The Rams lost that game 31-13, the only points coming off two field goals and a 47 yard Steven Jackson run.

Safe to say that Bradford might be especially satisfied if the Vikings were to beat his former team. After the Eagles signed him to a two-year, $36 million contract, less than a year later they traded up in the draft to select his successor, Carson Wentz.

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Jerick Mckinnon has never faced the Eagles, but Matt Asiata took the starting running back position in 2013 when both Peterson and Toby Gerhart were out injured. This was the infamous game where Asiata rushed for three touchdowns but only had an average of 1.7 yards per carry.

The Vikings have not lost as regular season game since December 10 2015,  a streak of eight undefeated regular season games. A win against the Eagles will give Mike Zimmer his sixth straight single season win, breaking his personal streak of five from last year.

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