Vikings arrive in Philly to cheers and jeers

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Vikings arrive in Philly to cheers and jeers

Why is quarterback Case Keenum good all of the sudden? Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb took them to five NFC Championship Games in the 2000s, and they won only once.

The Eagles, Jaguars and Vikings have all rode top-5 defenses into Championship Sunday.

Some Eagles diehards are heading down to Lincoln Financial Field in style. For the Eagles to defeat the Vikings, it's going to take a few key players to step up, and we're going to break down their biggest X-factors in this game.

In retrospect, perhaps there should have been more who did.

The two first crossed National Football League paths in 2015.

But Foles was traded to St. Louis for Sam Bradford in March 2015. But let's not forget that Nick Foles is a former Pro Bowl quarterback.

Nobody, including Keenum and Foles.

After one season with the Chiefs, Foles returned to Philly to provide insurance behind Wentz.

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It's where the two became close friends. "A really, really solid guy".

Pederson's phrasing-"putting him in those successful situations"-is the tempered approach to quarterback praise being heard this week if one listens closely enough". That same season, Foles's inconsistency led then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to bench him in favor of Keenum.

The Vikings are at their best when they have an even run to pass ratio, and that means getting Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon going early.

Fulda said they have to ensure they have extra food on hand to be able to provide those specials when there's a full house because of a Vikings game. The Vikings have the most stability and continuity at the quarterback position with Keenum.

Stopping the run hasn't been much of an issue for the Vikings this season. The Eagles' offense, the third-highest scoring during the regular season with an average of 28.6 points, sputtered under Foles. But there is one weakness that made an appearance last week against New Orleans that will keep a QB in the backup role. They led 17-0, although the Saints did have 92 yards in penalties, including an illegal-motion penalty that nullified a touchdown pass.

Jenkins went on to say that when teams focus on Cox, that just lets Tim Jernigan and the rest of the defensive line get going. "But like I've said, Case's success doesn't surprise me because we were together, we prepared together and we were around each other every day. But I think the big message there is, no matter what happens, you've just got to keep believing in yourself, keep working hard, never give up". They also rushed for just 96 yards as a team. The Eagles lost that Super Bowl to New England. It's a ride worthy of a tailgate, sure, but is it worthy of a Super Bowl? They compare notes on common opponents, go over similar schemes, and discuss their families. "And then they just found it", Jack said.

"Nah", Keenum said. "We didn't mention that".

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