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Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles Injury Reports and Inactives for Week 2 Thursday Night Football

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in NFL Football

Updated Sep 14, 2023 · 10:54 AM PDT

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox
Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (91) against the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • See the full Vikings vs Eagles injury reports for TNF tonight
  • The Minnesota vs Philadelphia injury report shows that both teams have already suffered significant injuries early in the season
  • How are the Vikings vs Eagles injuries impacting the MIN vs PHI TNF odds?

Week 2 in the NFL kicks off tonight with the Minnesota Vikings (0-1, 0-0 road) visiting the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0, 0-0 home) at Lincoln Financial Field at 8:15 pm ET.

The reigning NFC champions from Philly picked up where they left off last week with a 25-20 road win over New England. The Vikings, meanwhile, put themselves in an early hole with an ugly 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay as four-point home chalk.

The current Vikings vs Eagles odds show Philadelphia laying 6.5 points to Minnesota on TNF, down half a point from where the spread opened. Even at this early stage of the season, both teams are dealing with injuries and ailments to key players.

Minnesota Vikings Injury Report

Player-Position Injury Game Status
Christian Darrisaw (OT) Ankle Questionable
Marcus Davenport (LB) Ankle Questionable
Garrett Bradbury (C) Back Out
Chris Reed (G) Leg Out
Kene Nwangwu (RB) Undisclosed Out (IR)
William Kwenkeu (LB) Undisclosed Out (IR)
James Lynch (DT) Knee Out (IR)

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For Minnesota, the biggest absence is on the offensive line, where center Garrett Bradbury has been ruled out with a lower-back injury. Making matters worse, left tackle Christian Darrisaw is questionable due to an ankle injury. While they aren’t the biggest cogs in the Vikings’ pass-pro offense, injuries on the offensive line are the last thing you want to see entering a tilt with the Eagles. Philadelphia led the league with 70 sacks in 2022, falling just two short of the all-time NFL record set by the 1984 Chicago Bears.

Undrafted fifth-year pro Austin Schlottmann, who wound up playing 89% of Minnesota’s offensive snaps in Week 1, will get the start at center in place of Bradbury. If Darrisaw can’t go, 2019 sixth-round pick Olisaemeka Udoh figures to slot in at left tackle.

Minnesota’s NFL win total dropped from its opening line of 8.5 to 7.5 after the setback to Tampa, which oddsmakers had largely chalked up as a win during the initial handicapping.

Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report

Player (Pos) Injury Game Status
Fletcher Cox (DT) Ribs Questionable
James Bradbury (CB) Concussion Out
Reed Blankenship (S) Ribs Out
Kenneth Gainwell (RB) Ribs Out
Nakobe Dean (LB) Foot Out (IR)
Trey Sermon (RB) Undisclosed Out (IR)
Roderick Johnson (OT) Undisclosed Out (IR)
Zech McPhearson (CB) Achilles Out (IR)
Shaun Bradley (LB) Achilles Out (IR)

The one silver lining for the Vikings is that Philly’s defensive line won’t quite be at full strength on Thursday. DT Fletcher Cox, who accounted for a phenomenal seven sacks from the interior last season, is questionable with a rib injury.

The Eagles are also depleted in the secondary with starting corner James Bradbury ruled out with a concussion and starting safety Reed Blankenship out with a rib injury. That could mean a boon for Minnesota WR1 Justin Jefferson, who was one of the lone bright spots for Minnesota in Week 1. The 2022 NFL leader in receiving yards racked up 150 against the Bucs and sits second only to Tyreek Hill (215 yards) on the 2023 leaderboard.

The Vikings vs Eagles player props show Jefferson’s receiving yards over/under at 92.5 as of Thursday morning.

How Are Injuries Impacting the Vikings vs Eagles Odds?

While early money was on the Vikings at +7, the current NFL public betting trends show that bettors are hammering the Eagles as 6.5-point favorites. So far, 65% of ATS betting handle is on the Eagles to cover the 6.5-point spread, despite only getting 59% of the ATS tickets. The moneyline splits are even more pronounced: a massive 85% of moneyline handle is on Philadelphia to win as -258 chalk.

It’s likely that Minnesota’s offensive-line injuries are playing – and will continue to play – a part in the betting trends. No defensive unit draws more attention from the media than the Eagles’ pass rush. The potential for Philly’s ferocious front seven to feast on Viking backups will have many Philly bettors salivating.

Don’t be surprised if the Vikings vs Eagles spread moves back up to a touchdown by the time kickoff arrives.

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