The Minnesota Vikings don’t have much quit in them. They’ve won three games all season, and yet they’re still fighting teams hard every week, trying to finish the 2013 season strong. They are working so hard, in fact, that they’re still holding out hope star running back Adrian Peterson can return (foot) to help in Week 15 when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
Whether or not “All Day” can take the field and be anything close to his usual self remains to be determined. For now, though, we know that the Vikings have a tough test on their hands. The Eagles are 8-5 after disposing of the Detroit Lions last week, and are red-hot with Nick Foles at quarterback.
One would think the value is one-sided here, but one would be wrong. Despite being out of the running for the playoffs, Vikings tickets are only down 13%. Philadelphia Eagles tickets are down 61% for this one, but that will happen when the average ticket price is under $100 ($93), and has a “get-in” tag of just $17.
The price isn’t there this week, but there’s no denying that the value is. Philly has an exciting brand of football and will raise the level of competition. However, the best part may be how the Vikes get a chance to play spoiler.
If they’re going to come through on that bid, Matt Cassel will have to be as good, or better, than the past two weeks. In addition, rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will have to keep his coming out party alive. If Peterson can’t play, backup running back Toby Gerhart must exploit what figures to be a favorable matchup.
On the flip-side, the Eagles are clearly the better, more balanced team. LeSean McCoy is fresh off of a 217-yard rushing performance, and looks to do the same damage against the Vikings. Even if he can’t duplicate his success from last week, Philly’s underrated defense has the potential to harass Cassel and Gerhart.
Whether it’s the Vikings playing spoiler and appeasing their loyal fans, or the Eagles getting one step closer to a division title, this week 15 battle figures to live up to it’s value and potential.