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This week, Thursday Night Football will feature a rematch of a Monday Night Football game from last season. The Minnesota Vikings will visit the Philadelphia Eagles in a game where the Eagles enter as touchdown favorites. But instead of getting involved with the point spread for this game, there are better opportunities to wager on the prop markets for this NFC showdown instead.
Our first Thursday Night Football prop bet for this week is for Kirk Cousins to throw for over 260.5 passing yards against the Eagles. Cousins is an inconsistent quarterback, that much is true. But he is good at racking up the yards, even if he is not always great at turning those yards into successful scoring drives.
This past week, when the Vikings lost at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cousins threw for 344 yards in the losing effort. With Justin Jefferson as his primary receiving target, Cousins typically has at least one player open on passing downs. He may not throw for over 340 yards this time around, but he should be able to throw for around 300 yards, especially if the Vikings are trailing and need to play catch up.
Along with the high yardage numbers that Cousins puts up on a regular basis, we will also see him passing against an Eagles defense that did not look great against the pass in Week 1. The Eagles allowed Mac Jones to throw for over 300 yards, as the loss of CJ Garner-Johnson could have a negative impact on this defense as a whole. Look for the VIkings to have success through the air, even if they do not win this game.
Next up, look for the Philadelphia Eagles to score first in this contest, as they should control this game for the most part as a favorite. Philadelphia dominated the Vikings last season, beating them 24-7 and scoring the first 14 points of that game. We should see a similar situation unfold here, as the Eagles are again at home for this fixture.
It is worth noting that the Eagles did score first in Week 1 against the New England Patriots, taking a double-digit lead in that game before the Patriots got on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Vikings allowed the Buccaneers to score first in their upset loss to Tampa Bay in Week 1. Expect both of those situations to play out again, and for the Eagles to take the early lead in their home opener.
Finally, expect the Vikings to score under 20.5 points in this matchup against the Eagles on Thursday night. The Eagles held the Vikings to just seven points in their Monday Night Football matchup a season ago in Philadelphia. While the Vikings may score more than that in this game, they are not likely to score two touchdowns more than that, and they will be held under 21 points for the game.
Minnesota was held under 21 points in their season opener last week, scoring just 17 points at home against a Buccaneers team that is expected to struggle this year. Now, the Vikings have to go on the road in a short week to play the defending NFC champions. That is not a recipe for success for most teams, especially teams with the consistency issues that the Vikings have with their current roster.
The running game of the Vikings is a huge concern for their offense already this season. They managed just 41 yards on the ground in their season opener against the Bucs, as the loss of Dalvin Cook may have been more impactful than previously anticipated. That number will not get much better against the Eagles this week, and the Vikings will struggle to score as a result.
Jay Sanin is a sports bettor and writer from New York. He has been handicapping since the moment he was old enough to gamble legally, with his specialties being niche sports like the WNBA and XFL. He’s been told he has a voice for radio. He also has a face for radio.More info on Jay Sanin
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