It was a story of two halves for the Vikings protection on Monday night time in Philadelphia.
General, Minnesota allowed the Eagles to web 486 yards of whole offense, 323 of these from the air, and 25 first downs.
“It didn’t feel like we were able to get in any type of rhythm,” linebacker Jordan Hicks mentioned. “Good play, bad play, couple of bad plays, a good play, there was no rhythm. We couldn’t sustain momentum and we weren’t able to execute the way we wanted to. It’s frustrating because it felt like everything was together and everything went right [last week], and this week, it felt completely opposite.”
The opening half-hour went south shortly. Quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offense confirmed their offensive firepower early and infrequently within the first half, marching 82 yards on 11 performs for a landing on their first drive for the one rating of the primary quarter.
Hurts then opened the second quarter with a 53-yard strike to huge receiver Quez Watkins for a landing.
After Minnesota answered with a rating of its personal on a 2-yard cross from quarterback Kirk Cousins to tight finish Irv Smith, Jr., Hurts drove the Eagles into Vikings territory earlier than working it in from 26 yards out to full an 85-yard drive and push Philadelphia’s lead to 21-7.
Then, after a Vikings punt, Hurts shortly moved the Eagles downfield to arrange a 38-yard area objective from Jake Elliott.
Within the second half, although, Minnesota’s protection stepped up.
Exterior linebacker Danielle Hunter obtained a sack in opposition to Hurts earlier than cornerback Patrick Peterson dove in entrance of Elliott’s 41-yard try. Kris Boyd recovered and ran all the best way down to the Philadelphia 30-yard line.
“I felt like I had a good shot all game on both sides. I feel like I was getting some really good get-offs,” Peterson mentioned on the block. “They obtained me early on within the sport with the false begin, however then I began to get indications of when the ball was going to get hiked.
“I got a great jump; Josh Metellus did a great job of grabbing the arm of that left wing, and I came across the edge very free,” Peterson added. “I think I got it on the fifth step, and if you want to block field goals, it has to be on that fifth or fourth step. I think that’s the fourth one in my career now, so just keep it going.”
After forcing a Philadelphia punt early within the fourth quarter, the Vikings got here up with one other huge takeaway. Hicks, the previous Eagle, intercepted a cross that bounced off the palms of Philly working again Kenneth Gainwell. Hicks returned it to the Eagles 9-yard line.
Peterson mentioned they had been in a position to make defensive changes all through the sport, however not those to put themselves in a greater place.
“Those guys did a great job of attacking some of the weaknesses of our defense, especially that weak side,” Peterson mentioned. “Now we know the other team’s going to try to attack us the same way, so now we have to go back and look at the film, clean up the mistakes and put ourselves in better positions to defend those plays and we’ll see what happens after that.”
The Vikings had been in a position to maintain Philadelphia off the scoreboard within the second half, however Head Coach Kevin O’Connell is aware of they’ve rather a lot to work on.
“Ultimately when I look back, there were some ops for us, third-and-long where they were able to, you know, [Hurts] puts a lot of pressure on the defense with how he can break contain and make some off-schedule plays,” O’Connell mentioned. “Particularly early within the sport, I believed we had been proper there, and so they simply made the play. That is the place you have obtained to give them credit score.
“We’ll obviously have to evaluate the things we can do better coaching staff-wise and really me personally to really put our entire team in position to not only get off to a faster start, but then be ready to bow up and respond like we talk a lot about doing,” O’Connell added.