5 reasons why the Minnesota Vikings can upset the Green Bay Packers

Why the Vikings could upset the Green Bay Packers

By: Jake Rajala

The Minnesota Vikings will play with their hair on fire against their NFC North divisional foe in the Green Bay Packers this weekend. Over the prior 10 contests between the Vikings and Packers, the team that once featured the Purple People Eaters has won five games and tied one contest. With that said, I’m going to untwine five reasons why the Vikings can continue to have the upper ground on the Pack and come out with a victory this weekend.

  • Danielle Hunter

“It is time” – Kevin Greene

The Minnesota Vikings fearless edge rusher Danielle Hunter was undoubtedly on pace for a career season in 2021. He registered six sacks, 10 QB hits, and 6 TFLs in seven match-ups last season. Unfortunately, the world ended for Hunter when he suffered a torn pectoral against the Dallas Cowboys. I trust in him mopping the floor against a Packers OL that has a somewhat rusty David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins.

  • Dalvin Cook

It may be easy to peg Dalvin Cook as a reason that the Viks can ruin the Packers day on Sunday. Nonetheless, I expect him to be heavily leaned on against a Packers defense that will be hard to defeat in the passing game. Cook is healthy (for now) and he can really deliver against a Packers defense that gave up 163 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs to him not too long ago.

  • Jalen Reagor

I love that the Vikings made a sneaky move to acquire Jalen Reagor. He may be an NFL bust at WR, but he could be an x-factor and a difference maker as a KR for the Vikings moving forward. Interestingly (to say the least), he scored a 73-yard punt return touchdown against the Packers in his career.

  • Andrew Booth Jr.

I believe that Andrew Booth Jr. is already one of the most gifted CB3s in the league & he will establish his dominance against the likes of Randall Cobb and Christian Watson in their NFC North battle. Perhaps he will show on Sunday that he deserves to be in the DROY race.

  • Irv Smith Jr.

Irv Smith Jr. is healthy (after missing the entire 2021 season) and ready to unleash hell against opponents. Irv Smith Jr. The Packers allowed the 11th most fantasy points to TEs last season and it’s clearly a superb opportunity for the Vikings TE to shine right away.

5 takeaways from the Philadelphia Eagles depth chart

Latest takeaways from the Eagles depth chart

By: Jake Rajala

The Philadelphia Eagles certainly have a Rocky Balboa edge heading into the 2022 season. The first, pivotal depth chart for Philly was recently released. With that stated, I’m going to simply untwine five takeaways from the Eagles depth chart.

Jordan Davis

The Eagles may have a future stud in the behemoth defensive lineman Jordan Davis (who the Eagles traded up for at 13th overall), but it seems that the Eagles are being patient with his development. He’s currently listed as the second-string DT behind none other than Fletcher Cox (who starts across from Javon Hargrave). Nonetheless, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Eagles DT that has dazzled in training camp becomes well-rounded enough to bull-doze OL next to the All-Pro DT Fletcher Cox in Week 1.

Boston Scott/Kenneth Gainwell

The Eagles are rolling with Miles Sanders at RB1, as expected. After Sanders, it’s a rotation between the versatile Boston Scott (7 rushing TDs) & the sophomore Kenneth Gainwell (5 rushing TDs last season). Sanders has missed nine contests in the prior two seasons combined.

Jalen Reagor

The young Eagles WR Jalen Reagor is listed as the second-string WR behind A.J. Brown at the moment. There have been two observations with Reagor thus far. For 1. He’s had flashes of play-making ability and 2. other teams (CHI and DEN) have expressed interest in acquiring him. It may honestly be wise for the Eagles to ship away the backup WR for the best offer. De

Derek Barnett

I really believe that the Eagles edge rusher that has a second life with the Eagles is one of the biggest x-factors moving forward. It will be crucial that he can show growth in 2022, so he can eventually be a dominant edge player when Graham retires.

Marcus Epps

The Eagles young safety Marcus Epps has impressed in training camp thus far. He nicely made an interception on the very first day.Per Eagles Today, Epps stated, “I’ve got a lot more confidence out there. I feel like these first few days, I’ve been flying around. Like I said, I’m just trying to keep building on that every day because I haven’t arrived by any means, and I know that. I’ve still got a lot to learn.”

5 WR trade targets for the Baltimore Ravens right now

Who is the best WR trade target for the Baltimore Ravens?

By: Jake Rajala

The Baltimore Ravens don’t have the sexiest wide receiver group without Hollywood Brown heading into the 2022 season. If Rashod Bateman can prove to be a quality WR1 leading up to the season, LJ should still have modest passing production w/ him and TE Mark Andrews. Nonetheless, Jackson could certainly benefit from the arrival of a proven and electric wideout. Hence, I’m going to untwine 5 WR trade targets for the Baltimore Ravens right now.

Curtis Samuel

The explosive wideout Curtis Samuel recorded 851 yds in 2020 and then fell off the end of the earth last season (27 receiving yds in five games). Samuel is certainly a unique athlete, but he clearly doesn’t jell well in the Washington offense. Samuel is still 25 years old and he can be a dynamite profile for many years to come in the right scheme. It would be quite intriguing to see Samuel involved in the Ravens diverse offense, to say the least.

Denzel Mims

Denzel Mims is certainly a polarizing wideout that sits among a talented and crowded WR room. Mims stands behind Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Garrett Wilson, and Braxton Berrios at this point in time. Mims actually had a strong opening day of mini-camp – as reported by Brian Costello of the New York Post. Yet, it may be quite difficult for Mims to come close to unleashing his full potential in the Big Apple. The Giants should be aggressive to acquire Mim’s talent.

Marquez Callaway

The Saints completely changed their WR position this off-season — as they brought in Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave. They also retained the gifted Michael Thomas. They still have the exceptional KR/WR Deonte Harris and the speed-demon Marquez Callaway. With that enunciated, the Saints may be tempted to ship away the WR4/WR5 Callaway — after he ousted 698 yds and 6 TDs last season. The Ravens lost the juice from Brown, so they could help heal the wound by acquiring the young, deep-threat in Callaway.

Sterling Shepard

The Ravens should make a sneaky move by acquiring Sterling Shepard — who has slowly fallen out of the Giants WR picture in the past two seasons. He will be a FA in 2023, so the GMEN may wish to ship him out. The 29-year-old wideout that wouldn’t cost the house (to say the least) could be a fine slot weapon for LJ for 2-3 more seasons.

Jalen Reagor

It’s safe to say that Jalen Reagor (21st pick in the 2020 draft) isn’t as near as scary as Justin Jefferson (22nd pick in the 2020 draft), but he still has some potential. Reagor may not show up in Philly in 2022, but he could be a nice value-pickup and more involved wideout in Baltimore.

Philadelphia Eagles WR outlook right now

Latest Eagles WR outlook

By: Jake Rajala

The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith is striving to be more potent in his sophomore season (after recording 916 yds and 5 touchdowns in his rookie campaign). The Eagles new wideout A.J. Brown has already expressed that the sky is the limit for Smith. Per PFT, Brown feels that Smitty can dominate against opposing CB2s and he also was in awe of Smitty’s route running ability. Of course, the former Heisman winner will pride himself on being the top WR for Hurts as he improves his tool-kit.

Smith garnered an impressive 77.2 grade by PFF and he was even PFF’s highest-graded WR ahead of Week 10 in 2021. It should be noted that Smitty may have been a non-bulked-up wideout in the draft process, but he clearly hit the ground running in his rookie season.

Meanwhile, the former Titans wideout (that signed a four-year contract worth $100 million dollars) and the Eagles expected WR1 will look to be a Top-5 WR in the 2022 season. Brown has recorded 2,995 yds and 24 touchdowns in 36 career games up to this point. His ability to stretch the field can’t be underestimated, as he’s recorded 16.2 YPC in his career. Hurts absolutely has the arm strength to frequently connect with Brown deep down the field, as well.

The Eagles will also certainly expect their WR3 Quez Watkins and WR4 Jalen Reagor to improve in their young careers. Watkins, who has impressed more than Reagor, picked up 647 yards last season. Watkins notably had a 91-yard touchdown catch last season. The former 2020 first-round (Jalen Reagor) may force Nick Sirianni to call Vince Papale if he doesn’t bounce back in his third season. The mediocre rook went from 396 yards to an even less impressive 299 yards in his sophomore slump. It was reported by PFT that the Eagles discussed a trade with the Ravens for Reagor during the draft.

All in all, the Eagles have a fantastic WR group (that was picked as a Top-5 unit by PFF) that should help the Jalen Hurts-led Eagles contend for the NFC East title in 2022. Hurts will need to continue to develop strong chemistry with his fancy WR group in OTAs, so they can reap the awards in the 2022 season.

What does A.J. Brown bring to the Eagles?

Does A.J. Brown make the Eagles NFC East favorites?

By: Jake Rajala

The Philadelphia Eagles made a witty blockbuster trade for Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown on yesterday’s first day of the NFL Draft. Brown will join a Philadelphia Eagles offense that also features the ascending Jalen Hurts, DeVonte Smith, Dallas Goedert, and Miles Sanders. After Nick Sirianni used his magic to acquire Brown, their odds to win the NFC East have improved (see below).

It’s obvious that Brown will deliver magic to Nick Sirianni’s team that made the playoffs last season (despite Hurts missing two games). Brown’s rookie season (2019) was quite phenomenal, as he notched 1,051 yards, 8 touchdowns, and registered a very impressive 20.2 yards per catch.

Brown nicely improved in 2020 and unleashed 1,075 yards (career-high) AND 11 touchdowns (career-high). The WR’s production dipped last season, as he recorded 63 receptions, 869 yards, and five touchdowns. Coincidentally, Ryan Tannehill had a porous season in 2021: 21 passing touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The Eagles really need a boost at their WR2 position. The NFL fan base has virtually sacrificed Jalen Reagor, as he’s failed to live up to the power of Justin Jefferson. Reagor has knocked out a mere 695 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons combined. The Eagles offense also missed the production of Zach Ertz after he was shipped off to Arizona in 2021.

The Los Angeles Chargers brought in multiple big-name profiles to strive to win a Super Bowl with Justin Herbert “and his rookie contract”. It’s clear that Sirianni wants to keep the gas on the pedal and aim to contend for a seat at the NFC championship in year three of Jalen Hurt’s career. The former Alabama QB legend and his hungry WR duo have really jolted the NFC East and the Eagles should really be aiming for “at least a playoff berth” in each future season for the foreseeable future.

Philadelphia Eagles offseason outlook and Wildcard Playoff game reflection

The Philadelphia Eagles offseason revolves around Jalen Hurts

By: Jacob Keppen

Many Philadelphia fans were just happy to see their favorite team back in the playoffs, rebounding from a four-win 2020 season. Many fans had hopes that maybe the Eagles could upset the injured Buccaneers squad, which would help show Philadelphia truly belonged in the dance this year. Many were disappointed very quickly into their Sunday afternoons.

The 31-15 final scoreline does not do this game any justice to just how one-sided of a beatdown it truly was. Tampa Bay dominated this from the onset, driving down the field 75 yards to open with a 7-0 lead. That lead would never change hands, as the Bucs were adding to their total with ease.

The sequence with a little more than five minutes left to go in the third where the Buccaneers followed a Jalen Hurts interception on fourth down immediately with a 36 yard Mike Evans touchdown to give the Buccaneers a 31 point lead perfectly encapsulated this game. The Eagles were completely outmatched in every area. There is a silver lining to this though: most knew Tampa Bay was winning this one.

Although many put on their fan goggles and hoped to leave Florida with an upset shocking the world, the reality was Philadelphia was barely supposed to be there much less compete. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, many predicting Philly to have a similar result to the season prior, Philadelphia managed to squeak into the playoffs with the last seed in the NFC. While this game was mostly about gaining experience for the team and the young coaching staff, there still are some troubling takeaways from the performance.

The biggest takeaway from this game is that the Eagles need more talent across the board. In nearly every area the skill position players were simply outmatched. Despite taking wide receivers high over the past three seasons, there is still only one guy on this team who can consistently get open and catch the ball and that is Devonta Smith.

Quez Watkins is a modest speedster. He has speed that would do very well situationally, but he doesn’t have an overall refined game at this point. He’s shown some very good flashes and is someone you want to keep in your receiver room, that is all you can ask from a sixth-round pick. The problem is why Quez is having to be relied on as the “second receiver”, and that is because of a former first-round receiver who is quickly looking like one of the biggest flops in Howe Roseman’s tenure as GM.

Jalen Reagor isn’t just a disappointment for the Eagles at this point, he is truly a hindrance on the field. It is a fact that Jalen Reagor simply has not been good enough for the Eagles. We are past the point of comparing Jalen Reagor to Justin Jefferson. He is not a disappointment because Justin Jefferson looks to be a perennial top five receiver over the next decade and Reagor does not. Reagor is a disappointment because at this moment he is not proving to be an NFL-caliber receiver. He struggles mightily to get open and as a player who was renowned for his speed coming out of TCU he looks uncomfortable with the ball in his hands. As a punt returner, he’s arguably been worse. Multiple times this year Reagor has cost the Eagles key field position and the struggles were just amplified on the national stage today.

If the Eagles are serious about taking another step forward next year Jalen Reagor can not be on this team next year. Both him and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (remember him?!) must be let go of this offseason, proper replacements brought in who can help this football team. I hope for Reagor’s sake he can find a new start somewhere else because the confidence looks lost in him. You feel for Jalen Reagor because the harassment he has received from the fanbase over the past two years has reached the point of being unacceptable. These athletes are people first and nobody should be talked about the way he is online. Reagor had talent in college and I hope it can be realized in another city where he can regain his confidence, it just is not going to happen in Philadelphia.

Another area the Eagles need to add talent to is on that defense. Linebacker is still an issue. How long must fans hear “The Eagles won’t take a linebacker in the first, Howie Roseman doesn’t value linebackers high enough” while every time on the big stage the linebackers get exposed. One of the key differences between the Eagles defense and the Buccaneers defense is they have a star at linebacker. The Buccaneers have two actually in future Hall of Famer Lavonte David and Devin White. Both routinely make impact plays and routinely change the game. The Eagles simply do not have that skill at linebacker. The Eagles need their own bulls at LB on defense. Georgia’s Nakobe Dean or Utah’s Devin Lloyd one of them should be high on the Eagles board in the 2022 draft.

The Eagles have a top notch stud in Darius Slay. That’s very clear. Still, the Eagles need to add CB talent around Slay. Avonte Maddox needs to be the full-time slot and they need a more inspiring secondary corner other than Steve Nelson.

Finally, this all brings us to the biggest question mark the Eagles have for this offseason, what decision is being made at quarterback.

Jalen Hurts has been up and down, to say the least, this season. There’s a lot to like about him. His worth ethic and leadership abilities are star caliber. He is as tough as they come and adds another element to the Eagles running game they haven’t had since Michael Vick. The problems that many had before the season and before he was drafted are still there though. Hurts still struggles mightily as an overall passer with TB being a brutal opponent for him. Nothing seems natural for Hurts as a passer. Sure, he will make a good throw usually once a game on the run as the play breaks down, but from a down-to-down basis, he struggles with consistency throwing the ball.

Now as a “developmental quarterback”, Hurts can work on those issues. A lot of running quarterbacks out of college struggle with the more traditional elements of the game, but it doesn’t mean they are hopeless.

Look at Josh Allen. He was one of the most “inaccurate quarterbacks” in recent memory. Nothing was natural for him as a passer and he just torched the Patriots defense, looking like the player fans hoped he could become.

Allen did this through hard work and dedication, and there’s no doubting Jalen Hurts’ work ethic and determination. The key difference is Josh Allen’s tools. Allen lacked overall refinement coming out of Wyoming but he still had one of the best arms the league had ever seen. Jalen’s arm is just okay.

Hurts also lacks refinement as a passer, not to the extent that Allen did but still lacking refinement as a whole, but his arm simply isn’t elite caliber. Hurts lacks zip on some of his throws, especially outside the numbers, and it’s sometimes the difference between a completion and an incompletion. He doesn’t have the crazy tools to bail him most of the time as other top quarterbacks do. What is his true ceiling? Can he overcome his shortcomings and be the guy in Philadelphia?

The quarterback question could be a very simple one to answer for the Eagles. Despite his shortcomings, Nick Sirianni and his staff might have already identified Hurts as their guy moving forward at least into next season. Hurts did enough to stave off Gardner Minshew all season and it’s clear he’s the guy for the foreseeable future. With the 2022 offseason underway, the Eagles will have to figure out how they will build around the former National Champion.

Projecting the success for the Eagles WR duo

Jalen Reagor and DeVonta Smith 2021 outlook

By Jesse Moeller (Twitter: JMoeller05)

For the second consecutive season, the Eagles have drafted a Wide Receiver in the first round of the NFL draft. Last year, the Eagles took Jaelon Reagor out of TCU. The Eagles then followed it up this season, drafting Devonta Smith out of Alabama. Let us look at these two and see if they can form the perfect partnership for the 2021 season and beyond.

Batman – DeVonta Smith

Four things the @Eagles are getting in @DeVontaSmith_6

🦅 Route running
🦅 Vertical speed
🦅 Soft hands
🦅 YAC on YAC on YAC

In steps, the Slim Reaper (best nickname in the NFL) coming off one of the greatest college football seasons ever. Devonta put up video game numbers to the tune of 1.856 yards and 23 touchdowns on 117 receptions in 13 games. He went back to college for his senior year after dominating as a junior in 2019 while participating with Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and Jalen Waddle. According to the NFL, it proved to be the correct decision as they rewarded Smith with a top 10 pick.

He is the definition of Batman. No matter what you tried to do, you could not stop him, as he continually presents problems for defenses. My jaw dropped countless times watching Smith cook opposing defenders. He is a craftsman who uses his long slight frame to offer various ways to win. He is a 6’1″ unicorn in the NFL with a wingspan the same as Collin Johnson, who is 6’6″.

While many people are worried about his weight, it is not something that should bother you. Smith has the required height and skill at the position to win against the best NFL cornerbacks consistently. He has a remarkable ability to control his body, creating angles with his frame that is flat-out unguardable.

While we would like Smith to be heavier, the lack of weight allows him to explode in and out of breaks that give him an edge at the position. He is my number two rookie wide receiver who will make sweet, sweet music with Jalen Hurts this year.

Here are my projections for Smith:
80 receptions for 1037 yards and eight touchdowns on a 21% Target Share. That equals 232 PPR fantasy points.

Robin – Jalen Reagor 

Loved the nugget from @TheAudible on Jalen Reagor.

Injuries forced TCU to use him as a vertical threat, the Eagles followed suit.

He excels underneath, action the Colts used frequently with Pittman and Campbell. He could be a sneaky ppr monster.


Originally tweeted by Jeff Bell (@4WhomJBellTolls) on May 23, 2021.

Reagor season was considered a bust by many. He suffered through injuries, as he dealt with many injuries his rookie season that cost him almost the entire first half of his rookie season. After Reagor returned in week eight, he managed to put 300 yards in those remaining nine games. That averages out to a measly 33 yards per game on 2.9 targets per game. Even if Reagor were healthy and played an entire year, we would be looking at 533 yards and 46 reception for the season. 

There are not too many positives to take from his rookie season. It was never a good sign when both your 57.5% catch rate and 7.3 Yards Per Target were among the worst amongst wide receivers last year. Reagor’s inefficiency was by no means strictly on him, as Wentz was one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL last season. Next-Gen Stats has Wentz 40th in Passer Rating (72.8), 40th in Completion Percentage Above Expected (-4.8), 34th in Average Air Yards Differential (-2.8), and 6th in Time to Throw (2.91). What do these stats say to you? For me, they paint a picture of how abysmal Wentz was, add in the injuries, and we can chalk 2020 up to a lost season for the young wideout.

Fast forward to this offseason, and we received two critical bits of news for Reagor’s dynasty outlook. The first is that Reagor is moving to the slot. A role suited for him to succeed. His two prized assets coming out are the ability to accelerate and change direction in college. Watch Reagor’s TCU tape, and you routinely see a player playing in another gear. Moving him inside gives Reagor more space to work with, where he will routinely leave defenders in the dust.

The second bit of news is something we all know. Jalen Hurts taking over as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Watching Wentz struggle game in and game out in such a winnable division showed how lost he was in Philadelphia. Giving the reigns to Hurts allows Reagor to develop his game alongside the quarterback of the future.

Here are my 2021 Projections for Reagor:
67 receptions for 767 yards and five touchdowns on 18% Target Share. Good enough for 173.5 PPR fantasy points.

While the Eagles have frequently whiffed drafting wide receivers this last decade, I believe the Eagles have finally found their Batman and Robin.

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