— Story by Christopher Viviani @Chris_Viv
Here is your Eagles Daily Dose
- CB Ron Brooks (calf), C Jason Kelce (foot), DT Bennie Logan (groin), and DE Marcus Smith (groin) all did not practice on Wednesday. It is unclear whether they will be ready to suit up on Sunday. If Kelce is unavailable, Stefen Wisniewski will likely start at center.
- WR Jordan Matthews and CB Leodis McKelvin are among the players who returned to practice on Wednesday. Both are expected to play this week.
- Vikings top wide out Stefon Diggs, who was inactive in Week 5, missed practice early in the week and may not be available for Sunday. This would be a major loss for the Vikings and could help the reeling Eagles secondary get back on track.
Week 7 Matchup Notes:
- Turnovers will be difficult to come by as Wentz and Bradford combine for 1 interception thrown this season. The only INT coming on the late game heave to Nelson Agholor against Detroit. Winning the turnover battle this week will be even more critical than usual.
- Carson Wentz ranks eighth among all quarterbacks with a 99.9 passer rating. Bradford boasts a 109.8 rating, which trails only Matt Ryan. But as we are aware here in Philly, it only takes one mistake to knock Bradford off his game.
- Special teams once again reign supreme. The Eagles average starting field position after a kickoff is the best in the league (28-yard line) and it would be a huge boost if Wendell and company can provide another game changing performance.
- The updated odds for Offensive Rookie of the Year have Carson Wentz at 6-1. Dallas’ rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are the favorites to win the award, each at even money.
- Wentz is still rated as the number one rookie according to Pro Football Focus despite struggling to produce much offense this week. He remains one spot ahead of Dak Prescott.
- Jordan Matthews was frustrated with the lack of urgency on offense against Washington and plans to make it a priority to come out strong this week. After the game Matthews said “We started moving the ball later and we have to be able to do that in the first half as well. It’s the sense of urgency. That same sense of urgency that we had late, we have to be able to duplicate that at the beginning.” It was a slow start on both sides of the ball these past two weeks and the Eagles must avoid falling behind early against Minnesota.