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TNF Picks: Will Kirk Cousins and the Vikings bounce back in prime time?

The Bolts From the Blue staff has their picks for you in tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup

NFL: Preseason-Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings promises to be an exciting clash on the football field. The Eagles are considered heavy favorites, with a 6.5-point advantage according to DraftKings Sportsbook. However, the Vikings possess one of the best receivers in football, who can take over a game if he’s not the focal point of a defensive game plan.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles enter the game with a potent offense led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, fresh off signing an impressive extension in the offseason. With Reed Blankenship and James Bradberry ruled out due to injuries, the Eagles will have to make some key adjustments on defense. Kenneth Gainwell will also take time to recover from a rib injury, but D’Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny are extremely capable backs that should form a solid rushing tandem.

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On the other hand, the Vikings face hurdles with the absence of center Garrett Bradbury and a hobbled left tackle Christian Darrisaw, who suffered an ankle injury in last week’s game. This may present opportunities for the dominant Eagles pass rush to exploit vulnerabilities and exert relentless pressure on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

NFL: OCT 07 Vikings at Eagles Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Our staff shares a similar sentiment, favoring the Eagles and betting on the total points scored to be under 45. However, there is some disagreement regarding whether the Vikings can stay within the 6.5-point spread given by DraftKings.

What are your thoughts, BFTB community? Who do you believe will come out on top in this exciting matchup?