NFL: Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings collide, Philadelphia Eagles face New Orleans Saints

It was another fascinating week of NFL action. Washington stunned reigning Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Bucs, while the Carolina Panthers routed Arizona Cardinals 34-10. In this preview, we will look ahead to three fixtures, including the Eagles v Saints, and the Vikings v Packers. We will also stop by to check out the latest match odds.

Green Bay Packers enjoy shutout victory over Seattle Seahawks

The Packers looked more like their old selves against the Seahawks last weekend. The return of Aaron Rodgers returned for the Packers, and they claimed a gritty 17-0 victory over the Seahawks. Russell Wilson was back for the Seahawks, and it was the first time as a quarterback for the Seahawks that his side had been kept out by the Packers.

While Rodgers has continued to grab the headlines, the Packers defence has looked formidable in recent weeks. Indeed, in the past few weeks, they have restricted some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL to just 34 points, and one passing touchdown. It probably explains why the Packers will be in the reckoning for the Super Bowl.

Minnesota Vikings trending in right direction after Los Angeles Chargers victory

Last weekend, the Vikings claimed a 27-20 victory over the Chargers to leave them second in the NFC North. After 9 games, the Vikings have a 4-5 record, and of course, the Packers will be a stern test. Nevertheless, they are trending in the right direction, and they should be happy with where they are at the moment.

Minnesota Vikings facing big decision ahead of Green Bay Packers clash

The Vikings have a big decision they will need to make in the upcoming days. And it concerns who should play at centre. A fortnight ago Garrett Bradbury contracted COVID, and while Mason Cole has performed admirably of late, it remains to be seen whether Cole will be given the nod to start against the Packers.

Philadelphia Eagles in high spirits after routine win over Denver Broncos

The Eagles are soaring at the moment, and they will have been encouraged by their 30-13 victory over the Broncos last weekend. Although the Eagles are second in the NFC East with a 4-6 record, they have turned things around of late with three wins in each of their past three NFL outings.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach reacts to Dallas Goedert injury

Dallas Goedert took a blow to the head during the win over the Broncos by Justin Simmons, and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to face the Saints. However, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni refused to blame Simmons. Speaking after the incident, he said: “Simmons is a first-class player and person as well. So, I’m not going to ever question that.”

Meanwhile, Sirianni has been pleased with the progress that rookie Landon Dickerson has made over the past few weeks. And, in particular, he has been impressed with his movement. When asked for his thoughts on Dickerson, Sirianni said: “I think he’s getting more comfortable with the different looks he’s getting from the defence.”

Meanwhile, the Saints will be hoping to bounce back after a narrow 23-21 defeat to the Tennessee Titans last weekend. The one blow from that game was that running back Ty Montgomery suffered a gruesome finger injury, and he will be a serious doubt to face the Eagles.

Los Angeles Chargers hurting from Minnesota Vikings defeat

The Chargers will be disappointed with the way they played against the Vikings, and what is clear, is that the offence has been struggling. They have managed 24.7 points per game, which may not sound awful, but they rank 12th in the NFL for that statistic. Perhaps the blame lies with Joe Lombardi who has got some big calls wrong.

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers are going along nicely after they drew 16-16 with the Detroit Lions. What was even funnier, was that Steelers rookie back Najee Harris didn’t know games could finish in a tie. He said: “I didn’t know you could tie in the NFL. I was sitting on the bench saying ‘I’ve got another quarter to go’.”

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