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NFL Expert Picks: Opinions Divided on Vikings & Eagles in Week 2

High-octane offenses highlighted by explosive playmakers. Hard-nosed defenses filled with veterans in the trenches. Two young head coaches looking to make names for themselves.

And of course, two extremely loyal fanbases that are fueled by chants spelling out letters.

The Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles will have it all in their Week 2 matchup, with the two teams closing out a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

The Vikings (1-0) and Eagles (1-0) have met 29 times in their history, including four in the postseason, with Minnesota currently holding a one-win lead (15-14) in the all-time series. The two sides haven't faced each other since 2019. The Vikings have won two consecutive meetings since the Eagles claimed the NFC Championship in January 2018 and three of the past five overall.

Minnesota will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (CT) on ABC and ESPN Deportes.

Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game:

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Eagles.

Eagles 30, Vikings 27 — Gregg Rosenthal,

The Eagles defense was less than the sum of its parts in Detroit, which could be a problem against a Vikings offense that isn't just running Sean McVay's old playbook. Kevin O'Connell did a great job blending schemes he's worked in and finding ways to get Justin Jefferson open against the Packers. Minnesota's defensive line faces a much tougher test here; Jalen Hurts' ability to create when pressured could be the difference. Hurts is set to have one of the best rushing seasons by a quarterback in NFL history.

Eagles 32, Vikings 26 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

This is one of the best games of the week, with two 1-0 teams coming off impressive victories. The Minnesota defense was outstanding last week against the Packers, but this is a different style of offense. The Eagles will roll to a lot of points here, but the Vikings will get theirs, too. This will be a shootout with the Eagles getting the best of it.

Vikings 23, Eagles 20 — John Breech, CBS Sports

I was so impressed with the Vikings in Week 1 that I've already decided that I won't be picking against them for the rest of the month, so obviously, that means I have to take them here. Also, I can't pick the Eagles because this is Week 2 and they burn me every year in Week 2. I'm not even kidding. The Eagles are somehow 0-5 both straight up and against the spread in Week 2 over the past five years. Maybe they should start asking to get their bye in Week 2.

Vikings 28, Eagles 26 — Staff, Bleacher Report

Two of the most impressive teams from Week 1 will square off in the second matchup of a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

The Eagles have the defensive backs in Darius Slay, James Bradberry and C.J. Gardner-Johnson to match up with Jefferson all over the field whether he's on the boundary or in the slot. Also, going back to last season, Hurts has won in his last three starts at home.

Aaron Rodgers called Jefferson "the best player in the game today." If the star wideout doesn't post gaudy numbers, watch out for Cook, who can pierce an Eagles defense that gave up 181 rushing yards to the Lions last week.

Vikings 31, Eagles 27 — Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

The Vikings unleashed Justin Jefferson in their new offense against the Packers and also supported him well with Dalvin Cook. They also found some newfound energy with their 3-4 defense to stifle Green Bay. The Eagles got rolling with A.J. Brown and Miles Sanders around Jalen Hurts in Detroit. In this high-scoring affair, it comes down to who can run better, backed by big pass plays. Trust in Minnesota's defense a little more than Philadelphia's.

Vikings 27, Eagles 22 — Bill Bender, Sporting News

This is a legit Monday Night Football matchup between two teams trying to shake up the NFC playoff picture. Justin Jefferson (184 yards) and A.J. Brown (155 yards) had the best receiving outputs in Week 1. Ultimately, the Vikings pass rush will irritate Jalen Hurts enough to force a few turnovers, and Kirk Cousins continues to thrive in first-year coach Kevin O'Connell's offense.

Vikings 28, Eagles 21 — Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk

Justin Jefferson and A.J. Brown looked like the two best receivers in football in Week 1, and I think they'll both have big games in Week 2. A late Jefferson touchdown wins it for the road team.

Eagles 24, Vikings 21 — Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

The Vikings are improved, but beating Philly in their home opener is too much to expect this early in the season.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 45% –

3 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN

2 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB

5 of 7 experts pick the Vikings, Bleacher Report

3 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, The Athletic