Cousins, defense lead Vikings over Eagles 23-21


According to ESPN's NFL Matchup, opposing quarterbacks are getting the ball out quickly against the Eagles, the secondary isn't covering and the numbers reflect it.

Since being named the starter last month, quarterback Carson Wentz has not been given great protected by his offensive line. "That's one of the ingredients that's missing right now".

After acquiring the running back from the Miami Dolphins in the middle of last season, Ajayi ended up being a key piece on offense for Philadelphia during their epic Super Bowl run, and was arguably the top player in the backfield on the current roster. This time, however, the ball landed in the hands of defensive tackle Linval Joseph for a 63-yard fumble return touchdown.

Now I know in week six it's still early to be talking about must-win games but for the Eagles, this is a must win.

Joseph snatched Wentz's fumble out of the air and rumbled the distance to give the Vikings a 10-3 lead in the second quarter.

Minnesota's Adam Thielen became the fourth receiver to top 100 yards against the Eagles' defense this season, joining Julio Jones, DeSean Jackson and Corey Davis. The first came midway through the second quarter. Seumalo got first crack at the job and looked terrible on the Eagles' first drive, getting pushed back into Wentz's lap on all three pass attempts. Led by Kirk Cousins who continued his success at Lincoln Financial Field guided the Vikings to a 23-21 victory. Cornerback Jalen Mills got beat on a double move, which was a constant theme throughout the game.

If last year's Philadelphia Eagles developed a reputation for pounding people with the run, this year's squad has struggled to keep up. He missed the Eagles' Week 3 win over the Colts with a back injury.

Whatever the case may be, they have time to figure it out because no one is running away with the NFC East this year.

Despite not having solid protection from the offensive line, Wentz still did everything in his power to try to get the Eagles a win. For now, we can't worry about the Rams or Saints or any other team. Wentz finished completing 24 of 35 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Adam Thielen recorded his fifth straight game with 100 yards receiving, becoming the third player in National Football League history with 100 receiving yards in each of team's first five games of the season, joining Charley Hennigan in 1961 (Oilers) and Bob Boyd in 1954 (Rams), according to Elias.

Through the early part of the season, Smallwood has made his presence felt not only in the running game but also as a receiver. Following the bye week, four of the next five opponents will be division games with a matchup with the Saints in between.

"Obviously, it is not where we want to be", said Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham, who made seven tackles and recovered a fumble.