Eagles vs. Vikings 2016: Game Time, TV Schedule, Online Streaming, Channel, Odds and More
The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2016 NFL schedule continues this Sunday as the team returns home for their first game at Lincoln Financial Field since Sept. 25. The Eagles (3-2) are trying to get a win after losing two road games in a row. Philadelphia’s Week 7 opponent is the only remaining undefeated team in the league: the Minnesota Vikings (5-0).
The big story-line heading into this game is the return of Sam Bradford. Bradford was set to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback for the 2016 season prior to Teddy Bridgewater suffering a season-ending knee injury. Now Bradford is playing the best football of his career for another team.
Of course, the Eagles aren’t too upset about shipping Bradford out. Doug Pederson called the trade a “win-win” for both teams and it’s hard to argue with him. Minnesota is undefeated. The Eagles, meanwhile, have to be excited by the potential Carson Wentz has shown through his first five starts. The rookie quarterback has been very impressive overall.
For as good as Wentz has been, he faces the biggest challenge of his career on Sunday. The 23-year-old passer is tasked with outperforming Bradford while going up against the best defense in the NFL. The Vikings have allowed 63 points through five games (12.6 average). Philadelphia’s offense failed to score a touchdown against a below-average Washington defense last week. Now the Birds will try to rebound against a tough Mike Zimmer squad.
This week’s matchup has the makings of a low-scoring game if Jim Schwartz’s unit can bounce back. The Eagles allowed 20 points through the first three weeks before giving up 51 combined in their last two tilts. Meanwhile, the Vikings’ offense is only averaging 18 points per game.
Philadelphia failed to register a sack last against Washington and only logged two quarterback hits. It goes without saying the Birds will need to generate more pressure on Sammy Sleeves, especially considering the Vikings will be without their two starting offensive tackles.
One of Pederson’s challenges this week will be getting his team to play a more disciplined brand of football. The Eagles have made too many mistakes over the past two weeks. The Birds are on pace to be the most penalized team in the NFL. Philadelphia defenders have been responsible for a myriad of missed tackles. The Eagles will need to bring their A-game in order to beat a very good Vikings team.
Read on for everything you need to know about this week’s game.
Date: October 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter).
Location: Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV coverage map: Click here to see if you get the game in your area.
NFL Network replay: TBA
SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here
Westwood One: John Sadak, Mike Mayock.
SIRIUS: 136 (Min), 82 (Phi).
XM: 386 (Min), 82 (Phi).
The Eagles are underdogs against the Vikings per Bovada.
Minnesota Vikings -3 (-120)
Philadelphia Eagles +3 (+110)
Over/under: 40 points
The Eagles are 9-13 in 22 regular season games against Minnesota. Dating back to 1989, the Vikings are 1-6 when playing in Philadelphia. These two teams last played in 2014 when the Eagles lost on the road by a final score of 48 to 30.
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Eagles 2016 regular season schedule
Week 1 – Cleveland Browns (Sept. 11, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 2 – @ Chicago Bears (Sept. 19, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN)
Week 3 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Sept. 25, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
Week 4 – BYE
Week 5 – @ Detroit Lions (Oct. 9, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 – @ Washington Redskins (Oct. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 7 – Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 – @ Dallas Cowboys (Oct. 30, 8:30 PM ET, NBC)
Week 9 – @ New York Giants (Nov. 6, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 10 – Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 13, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 11 – @ Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 20, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
Week 12 – Green Bay Packers (Nov. 28, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN)
Week 13 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 4, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 14 – Washington Redskins (Dec. 11, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 – @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 16 – New York Giants (Dec. 22, 8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN)
Week 17 – Dallas Cowboys (Jan. 1, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)