The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to roll past the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 15. After the Eagles made a statement with 28 fourth-quarter points in the snow against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 8, facing the 3-9-1 Vikings in a dome should be easy. Yet Philadelphia made this same mistake against Minnesota three years ago and lost so much as a result.
The Eagles' triumph over the Lions was perhaps their biggest one since their miracle comeback over the New York Giants in Dec. 2010. After that victory, facing a disastrous Vikings team the next week at home looked incredibly easy - even when the game was moved to a Tuesday night following a snowstorm.
But despite how the 2010 Vikings were a complete embarrassment, and were led by a quarterback named Joe Webb, they manhandled the supposedly mighty Eagles that night. From then on in, nothing went right for Philadelphia for over two years -- including a wild card loss to the future world champion Green Bay Packers to end 2010, and the misery of 2011 and 2012 in general.
If the Eagles took care of business against the Vikings, instead of forfeiting all momentum from their magical comeback in New York, would the Andy Reid era have ended better? Regardless of the answer, Philadelphia doesn't want to forfeit all momentum from its magical fourth quarter over Detroit, and risk the Chip Kelly era starting sideways after all.
This year's Vikings have collapsed following their run to the playoffs last season, just as the 2010 Vikings collapsed after almost making the Super Bowl in 2009. Minnesota may not even be able to send Adrian Peterson or Toby Gerhart against Philadelphia, which won't help replacement quarterback Matt Cassel at all.
Yet the Vikings have put a scare in their last several opponents, and should have derailed the Baltimore Ravens' playoff hopes on Dec. 8. Despite a poor record, Minnesota isn't going down easy, which Philadelphia needs to take notice of -- especially since its predecessors didn't.