10 Vikings-Eagles Numbers of Note: Elite Run Offense Facing Top Run Defense

The Vikings will host the Eagles this weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium and look to remain undefeated at home this season.

Minnesota and Philadelphia will face off in the 29th all-time contest between the franchises. The Vikings currently lead the regular-season series 14-10 but are 0-4 against the Eagles in the postseason.

Sunday’s game will mark the fourth time for Minnesota to play Philadelphia under Head Coach Mike Zimmer. Most recently, the Vikings defeated the Eagles 23-21 on the road almost exactly one year ago to the day (Oct. 7, 2018).

Both teams enter the game with a 3-2 record; the Eagles are coming off of back-to-back wins against the Packers and Jets, respectively.

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

Here’s a look at 10 numbers of note heading into the Week 6 game:

21 – Dalvin Cook has already racked up 542 rushing yards and five touchdowns, but he isn’t just dangerous on the ground. Entering Sunday’s game against Philadelphia, Cook leads the Vikings with 21 catches, totaling 200 yards through the air.

100 – Eagles QB Carson Wentz has been sacked 100 times over his four-season career, including eight through the first five games of 2019. But he hangs tough in the pocket and has proven capable of making plays with his legs. So far this season, Wentz has rushed 19 times for 59 yards.

1 – The Eagles currently top the NFL in defending the run, allowing teams an average of just 63.0 yards per game, which is 16.2 fewer per contest than they allowed in 2017 when they also led the league in that category.

3 – Minnesota ranks third in the league with 166.4 rushing yards per game, which is a far cry from the 93.3 the team averaged in 2018 (which ranked 30th).

13.3 – Eagles running back Miles Sanders also has been a threat in the passing game. The 22-year-old currently has 10 catches for 133 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per reception. On the ground, he’s accrued 54 carries for 193 yards.

60 – The Vikings through five games have a 60-percent success rate inside the red zone, which is tied for 12th in the NFL. They were successful on two of five trips inside the 20-yard line (40 percent) against the Giants on Sunday.

29 – Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, Philadelphia’s leading pass catcher, has 29 receptions for 312 yards so far this season. His receptions total ranks 19th overall in the NFL but fourth among tight ends. Against the Vikings last October, Ertz racked up 10 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

7 – Harrison Smith leads the Vikings through five games with seven passes defensed. Against the Eagles last season, Smith recorded a pass defensed, four tackles and a quarterback hit.

36 – At 36 years old, Darren Sproles is still proving a valuable asset for Philadelphia’s special teams. The veteran running back has returned nine punts this season for 84 yards. Over his career, he has returned seven punts for touchdowns.

91 – Vikings kicker Dan Bailey has 91 career points against the Eagles. Having spent his first eight NFL seasons in the NFC East (Cowboys), he is 20-of-23 (87 percent) in field goals against Philadelphia and 31-of-32 on PAT attempts. At Lincoln Financial Field last season, Bailey made all three of his field goal attempts for the Vikings, including a 52-yarder with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter.

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