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In the NFL, it’s not enough just to be good—you have be good every week. No teams have been as uneven as the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles during the first five weeks. When these teams play well, they look unbeatable. When they play poorly, they look like a train wreck.
Philadelphia was plagued by injuries to start the season, so maybe the commanding team we’ve seen for the last couple of weeks is the real Eagles. In subsequent weeks, Philly pummeled the Jets and handed the Packers their only loss. Maybe they can keep that momentum going during this week’s game.
During both games, the offense was spread around to a number of key weapons. In the receiving game, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz have been effective. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders are proving to be a solid rushing platoon. There aren’t break-out offensive stars on this squad, but they have enough talent to win.
The defense has been less convincing, however. Philadelphia only managed three sacks in their first four games, and while they racked up a whopping 10 last week, that was against the Jets. The Eagles have struggled to rush the passer overall, and in the secondary, the cornerbacks are a particularly bad position group.
But Minnesota isn’t perfect either. While they have two standout players in Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook, Kirk Cousins sometimes struggles to get this offense going at all.
The Vikings attack worked very well against the Giants last week, as Cook got over 200 total yards and Thielen caught seven balls for 130 yards. However, just one week earlier, Cook had only 35 yards and Thielen was held to a paltry six.
It isn’t all on Cousins, though. The offensive line has been bad week in and week out, so if they can’t protect a streaky QB like Cousins, things can go south really fast.
This Vikings defense is also tough to figure out. Against bad teams and young quarterbacks, they get pressure. Though better teams and veterans seem to be able to hold them off.
It’s tough to call who has the advantage here, since both teams vary wildly depending on the week. We’ll give the edge to the Eagles because it seems like they are improving consistently, but maybe another game will change the narrative yet again.
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings
- When: Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1pm ET
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Eagles vs. Vikings on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “it’s practically magic.” While select football games are no longer on Sling after its contract impasse with Fox—which for now means no Fox, FS1, or FS2 via Sling—you can still catch the Fox telecasts with AirTV.
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Jordan Howard, Running Back: Though a lot of players get involved in the Eagles offense, Howard, tight end Zach Ertz, and receiver Alshon Jeffery are the only fantasy-worthy constants. Miles Sanders also deserves a look as a flex depending on your options.
Adam Thielen, Wide Receiver: Everyone is starting Thielen and running back Dalvin Cook every week, but it’s tough to find anyone else on this squad who is a consistent fantasy option. Even Stefon Diggs has been at the mercy of Kirk Cousins’ inconsistent play this season.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings: Why it matters
We’re still not sure who these teams are.
As squads like the Jets and Dolphins sink to the bottom while the Chiefs and Packers rise to the top, a few teams are still figuring out how their season will unfold. The Eagles and Vikings are two such teams.
This game should help clarify if either of these squads can hope to compete with the top teams in their division. Can the Eagles generate enough offense to hang with the Cowboys? Can the Vikings defense match up against Green Bay?
It’s hard to say how this game will go until we see which version of Cousins takes the field and if this Eagles team has really figured out how to rush the quarterback.
Since these are evenly matched teams on paper, you would expect this to be a close game. But if these early weeks of the season have taught us anything, it’s that with the Eagles and the Vikings, you should just expect the unexpected.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.