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Xavier Rhodes Forces 2 Eagles Turnovers in Vikings Loss

The Vikings forced four Eagles turnovers at Philadelphia Sunday, including two at the hands of cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

Little more than nine minutes into the game, Rhodes snagged the Vikings second interception of the contest.

On a third-and-11 situation, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz dropped back to his own 30-yard line and fired a pass over the middle. The throw was intended for Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor, but Rhodes read the play, stepped in front of Agholor and came away with the ball for his second interception of the season.

"It was something we'd been over – a formation we saw watching film," Rhodes said after the game. "Coach called a great play, and it helped me get to a spot I needed to get to."

The play came less than four minutes after Andrew Sendejo's pick and was the fifth total turnover in the first quarter, including quarterback Sam Bradford's first interception of the season.

"It was a defensive game," Rhodes said. "They got a turnover, and we needed to come back and create another turnover."

Rhodes disrupted the Eagles offense again late in the game.

With just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Rhodes caused Eagles running back Ryan Mathews to fumble on first-and-10. Safety Harrison Smith recovered the loose ball and returned possession to the Vikings offense. The drive ultimately ended in Minnesota's first touchdown of the game by Cordarrelle Patterson.

Rhodes' pair of plays was not enough to help the Vikings recover from four turnovers of their own, however.

View game action images as the Vikings take on the Eagles on Sunday.

"We didn't get the job done today," defensive end Brian Robison said after the game. "They punched us in the mouth, and we didn't punch back hard enough. We have to make sure that doesn't happen again."

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said following Sunday's 21-10 loss to the Eagles that the Vikings play was "embarrassing." He did add that he appreciated the overall performance of Minnesota's defense.

"I thought we did some good things defensively," Zimmer said. "We turned the ball over four times; I thought we played good in a lot of areas.

"But we win as a team, and we lose as a team," Zimmer added.

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