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Week 2 MNF staff Best Bets: Vikings-Eagles

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates with running back Miles Sanders (26) after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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PFF Staff Best Bets in the Monday-night NFC battle to close Week 2, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles:

Eric Eager: Eagles -2.5 (-110 BetMGM)

• The Vikings got off to a great start Sunday against the Packers in Kevin O’Connell’s first game as head coach.  However, this week, the Eagles will likely be able to test a poor Vikings secondary with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith in ways the Packers could not, which could make for a long day catching up by Kirk Cousins and Co.  Don't play this to -3 if it gets there, as Justin Jefferson o7.5 catches at plus money is the better play.

Ben Brown: Kirk Cousins O 4.5 rush yards (-125 BetMGM)

• Cousins was quiet from a rushing perspective in Week 1, as receivers were running so wide open in the Packers secondary that it was simply pitch-and-catch in Kevin O'Connell's new scheme. Things could be a litlte more difficult on Monday night facing off against one of the best front fours in all of football. Philadelphia has the fifth-best opponent-adjusted pass-rush grade and should force Cousins into a couple uncomfortable situations. If he can break contain on one of those plays, then this rushing yardage prop number should fall quickly.

Nathan Jahnke: Alexander Mattison O 5.5 rec. yards (-115 BetMGM)

• The Vikings' interior O-line had a combined 43.5 pass-block grade over the past two seasons, the third-lowest rate in the league. Meantime, the Eagles' interior defenders have an 84.9 pass-rush grade over the past two seasons, the third-highest rate. Mattison’s target share stays consistent when the Vikings are under pressure —while the rest of the Vikings see a decrease in target share — and he sees a significantly higher target share against zone defenses like the Eagles compared to man.

Sam Monson: Miles Sanders O 57.5 rush yards (-110 BetMGM)

• The Eagles have the league's best offensive line, and while the Vikings defense looked better with a healthy contingent in Week 1, they were beating up on Green Bay's decimated O-line. Miles Sanders gained more yards than his prop after contact Week 1 and remains the clear No. 1 guy in that backfield — even if other backs get worked in and Jalen Hurts also gets his rushing numbers.

Arjun Menon: Miles Sanders O 13.5 yards long rush (-105 DraftKings)

• Sanders has one of the best explosive rush rates in the NFL, and he's running behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL with a very mobile QB that will open up more lanes for him. He's hit this number in 7 straight games, and both A.J. Dillon & Aaron Jones hit this last week.

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