Vikings' Andrew Sendejo (concussion) expected to play in NFC Championship

Hope Soto
January 21, 2018

And looking at the matchup, it is hard to disagree.

Teamed with run-stuffing nose tackle Linval Joseph, tackle Tom Johnson, fellow defensive ends Danielle Hunter and Brian Robison, and linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks (both of whom play crucial roles along the line of scrimmage), the Vikings' versatility on the defensive front will give the Eagles offensive line the stiffest test of its season. It's unfortunate when they happen, especially when it takes one of the game's great talents off of the field.

Their defense has been exceptional at home all season (surrendering an average of just 13 points a game), and that has to continue versus the Vikings. Coming off a season in which the undrafted receiver had caught 69 passes for 967 yards and five touchdowns, Thielen was signed to a four-year, $19.2 million extension that includes $9.6 million in guarantees a few weeks after Jeffery's decision.

Minnesota's defense is ranked No. 1 overall, No. 2 against the run, No. 2 against the pass and No. 1 in points allowed. During the regular season, Diggs had 64 receptions for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. No one knows this better than Philadelphia Eagles fans.

What Zim Tzu said: It's very, very early on Philadelphia. "He does everything, like, textbook". He's real competitive; he has an edge about him. "In my opinion, that's why he's had so much success". Thielen and Diggs are widely considered to be two of the sharpest and savviest route runners in the league. "Gets in and out of his breaks well". "He's kind of crafty also, but he's pretty quick and explosive".

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"You don't see them bust coverages".

So what can Case Keenum and the Vikings except when they head onto the grass at Lincoln Financial Field? Let a catch be a catch (no more interminable "survive the ground" studies), let a touchdown be a touchdown and deal with mistakes in two manners.

The Leader of the Eagles' secondary is Malcolm Jenkins. You also have to be aggressive. "I think Case does a good job as far as moving in the pocket, being able to extend plays with his legs and you know just being able to trust himself going out there. So you've got to recognize the formations and put yourselves in positions not to get picked". Before Wentz's season-ending knee injury, the Eagles looked like the NFC favorite due to their balance and Wentz's ability to make big plays. "They communicate back and forth really well, and they're on the same page", Foles said.

Foles and Keenum are now a part of history as the first quarterbacks to face off in a conference final after neither started Week 1, according to NFL Research. If you're playing zone, you're probably not going to get picked. I think the defense will take over once again and prove that home field advantage does mean something now at The Linc.

Sendejo will be in the NFL's concussion protocol this week and will need to pass the tests before being cleared to play on Sunday against the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. After what's been dubbed the "Minneapolis Miracle" that lifted them past New Orleans last Sunday, they believe anything is possible. But last week he delivered when the Jaguars needed him to, converting six third downs with throws that added up to 88 yards, and another on a 16-yard run.

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