Is Pressuring Bradford Key For Eagles Defense On Sunday?
Despite coming off their Bye Week with a 5-0 record the Vikings will be traveling to Philadelphia with an Offensive Line that is missing both their starting Tackles as Matt Kahlil and Andre Smith are on Injured Reserve. The Vikings have allowed their Quarterbacks to be hit 27 times in the pocket this season. Meanwhile the Eagles defense in 2016 have registered 30 Quarterback Hurries and an Adjusted Sack Rate of 8.6% which is Top 5 in NFL this season.
Josh Paunil of Birds 24/7 at Phillymag.com joined The Sports Bash on Thursday and discussed the match up the Vikings Offensive Line versus the Eagles Defense:
"The thing with the Vikings is the injuries along the offensive line and I think Eagles fans would be surprised at how many shots Sam Bradford has taken and gotten up every time. I mean honestly he's had a lot of throws where you think 'This guy's not going to get up after this' or 'He might have a stinger or something might be wrong with him' but that toughness is something that he has really shown this season. But also it's reflective of how easy it can be to get to him so even though he gets the ball out quickly, he gets the ball out on time and in a rhythm, if you don't get a sack the Eagles should be able to get several Quarterback Hits this week. And that's something that they're really going to have to do to counteract the Vikings defense because it's not hard to imagine a situation where the Eagles defense really has to carry this team to a win this week with the Eagles Offensive Line having a really tough matchup."
Hear what Paunil had to say about the film breakdown of the play of Rookies Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Carson Wentz from the loss to the Redskins along with how the Eagles could beat the undefeated Vikings this Sunday