Vikings at Eagles: Picks, predictions and odds

Doug Pederson enjoys early playoff success with Philadelphia Eagles

Doug Pederson enjoys early playoff success with Philadelphia Eagles

The top-seeded Eagles were 'dogs in their NFC playoff opener, and are again this Sunday when they oppose the Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. When the Pioneer Press was conducting a phone interview Monday with Roger Staubach, the hall of fame quarterback was informed Keenum was nearby.

Keenum's remarkable season will continue following the miracle finish against the Saints. For the Rams? Those same Rams that are now in Los Angeles. "The play before that Rashad catch was a pass to Joe Senser who lateraled to Teddy Brown to get down the field far enough because we were deep on our end of the field".

Just how did this happen?

Foles asked for his release from the Rams after they moved to Los Angeles and drafted Jared Goff No. 1, one pick ahead of Wentz. Bradford traded to Vikings. When Bradford suffered a knee injury in Week 1, Keenum took over and started the rest of the way save a brief return by Bradford in Week 5.

But Bradford was hurt early this season, forcing Keenum to step in because Bridgewater wasn't healthy yet.

Jason Kelce, center. Wentz might have fit this category, because he was playing at an MVP level before being injured.

Keenum and Foles have spoken frequently in recent months.

Both Keenum and Foles came into the National Football League the same year, 2012. The Eagles ranked third for scoring offense and fourth for scoring defense. Foles and Keenum traded starting duties for the Rams that season but both were soon replaced and gone only to now find themselves on a collision course. Both had their chances as starters. Keenum had completed 24 of 39 passes for 257 yards, no scores and an interception behind an offensive line that wasn't giving him much time.

The play been replayed a few times over the last week.

Diggs waited for contact that never came. The Saints safety dives past him with his head down and knocks over his own teammate.

The Eagles were not the only team to win with late-game heroics.

How about playoff history? No way? Kurt Warner?

Nick Foles with the Chiefs. They kicked a field goal several minutes later to extend their lead to five points. Foles' passing rating was 100.1 in his win over Atlanta. Fans are hoping this year that trend has changed.

Philadelphia ranks No. 3 in the National Football League in rushing yards per attempt and rushing yards per game.

Minnesota will try to carry the momentum of their wild finish into some rare road team success in the conference championship.

The last time Philadelphia played for a spot in the Super Bowl was in 2009, a 32-25 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

In a twist of irony, the Vikings were among the teams that were pursuing Jeffery when he signed with the Eagles on the first day of free agency last March. Atlanta's defense did its best to keep the team in the game, but it was a 2nd half drive for the Eagles that helped them close it. Last week the Vikings scored a 29-24 home payout over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff.

"I love it. I love it", Foles said.

Tidbit: The other two?

Then he went to St. Louis and struggled on another one of Jeff Fisher's losing teams.

Now it's Keenum versus Foles.

Smith knows that better than most Eagles, as he contributed to a Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens, and was part of the squad that came up empty in an AFC championship game. We've had so many things go on, so many guys step up, so many injuries to guys who have done an incredible job of staying around the building and being a huge part of the heartbeat of this team. "So we just have to kind of get back to fundamentals and the basics and kind of dial it down to each individual job".

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