We’re less than ninety minutes from kickoff in the Twin Cities Minnesota Vikings Hoodie , folks, and the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints have both released their inactive lists leading up to tonight’s contest. Let’s take a look at who will be sitting this one out for both sides, starting with the visiting team.New Orleans SaintsOL Jermon BushrodOL Will ClappCB Ken CrawleyDB J.T. GrayOL Chaz GreenDE Trey HendricksonDL Mitchell LoewenBushrod not starting comes as a bit of a surprise. He was listed on the team’s injury report (one of only two players, along with Loewen), but was a full participant on Friday and was listed as “Not Injury Related.” But, his absence should help the Vikings’ defense, that’s for sure.Human target Ken Crawley is also out, meaning that the Saints will be starting Eli Apple, who they acquired earlier this week, at corner.And now Youth Customized Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , on to the home team.Minnesota VikingsLB Anthony BarrOL Tom ComptonRB Dalvin CookOT Riley ReiffCB Xavier RhodesS Andrew SendejoQB Kyle SloterContrary to what was reported earlier, cornerback Xavier Rhodes is inactive for this one. Rookie cornerback Holton Hill will get his first NFL start in Rhodes’ place. Linebacker Eric Wilson is also getting his first start in place of Anthony Barr.However, defensive end Everson Griffen is active for the first time since Week 3, so that’s good, at least. Unfortunately, Rhodes’ absence means that the Vikings have six starters down for tonight’s contest.Those are your inactives for tonight, ladies and gentlemen. The Open Thread for the first quarter of play will be along shortly. MINNESOTA (1-2-1) vs. PHILADELPHIA (2-2)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Eagles by 3RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 1-3, Philadelphia 1-3SERIES RECORD — Eagles lead 14-13LAST MEETING — Eagles beat Vikings 38-7 in NFC championship game www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com , Jan. 21, 2018LAST WEEK — Vikings lost to Rams 38-31; Eagles lost to Titans 26-23, OTAP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 14, Eagles No. 12VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (32), PASS (5).VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (13), PASS (23).EAGLES OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (11), PASS (17).EAGLES DEFENSE — OVERALL (10) Minnesota Vikings T-Shirt , RUSH (1), PASS (19).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Rematch of NFC championship game featuring different QBs for both teams. Kirk Cousins replaces Case Keenum for Vikings. Carson Wentz replaces Nick Foles for Eagles. ... Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was Eagles quarterbacks coach last season. ... Eagles have won seven of last nine meetings. ... Cousins has 1,329 yards passing, 12 TDs, three INTs in four games in Philly while with Washington. ... RB Dalvin Cook leads Vikings with only 98 yards rushing and has been in and out of lineup. ... Vikings WR Adam Thielen aims to become only third player to start season with 100 yards receiving in five straight games. ... Minnesota DE Danielle Hunter has sacks in four straight games. ... Vikings S Harrison Smith has 14 tackles and fumble recovery in last two meetings with Philly. ... Eagles are 17-3 at home since 2016, including playoffs. ... Wentz is 13-2 at home, including nine straight wins. ... Eagles rank first in run defense after finishing first last season. ... Philly leads NFL in time of possession (34:12). ... Eagles TE Zach Ertz's 31 catches are first at his position. ... Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery had first 100-yard receiving game last week since Dec. 13, 2015 with Chicago vs. Washington. Fantasy tip: Ertz has 15 catches for 185 yards in two games since Wentz returned.
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