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Game Recap: Eagles fall to Vikings, 38-20

The last time the Eagles were on the road against an NFC North opponent, they were able come back from an early 10-0 deficit to get the win against the Green Bay Packers back in Week 4.

On Sunday in Minnesota, the Eagles fell behind early once again, but were unable to pull off another comeback falling 38-20 to the Vikings. Philadelphia is now 3-3 ahead of a prime-time showdown next Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings improved to 4-2, winning their second straight game.

The Eagles have trailed by double digits in all but one game this season, last Sunday against the New York Jets.

On the game's opening drive, the Vikings set the tone, marching 75 yards in 13 plays as quarterback Kirk Cousins connected with wide receiver Adam Thielen for a 6-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0. Thielen beat cornerback Sidney Jones on an out-and-up route to get open for the throw in the back right corner of the end zone.

It was the first of four touchdown passes on the day for Cousins, who was 22-of-29 for 333 yards and an interception for a 138.4 QB rating. Two of those touchdowns were deep bombs to wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the second quarter to expand the Vikings' lead to 24-3. Diggs was defended by cornerback Rasul Douglas on both plays, but it was uncertain whether or not there should have been help.

Diggs had a career day hauling in seven receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

"We can't be down 24-3," head coach Doug Pederson said. "We have to start the game a little faster."

The Eagles were able to chip away at the Vikings' big advantage by scoring 17 consecutive points to make it 24-20 with 6:19 remaining in the third quarter after kicker Jake Elliott hit a 40-yard field goal, his second of the game.

Philadelphia missed opportunities on offense to cut deeper into the deficit. Former Viking Andrew Sendejo intercepted Cousins late in the second quarter when the quarterback's ball along the right sideline drilled Diggs in the facemask and popped up into the air.

The Eagles took over at their own 33-yard line and got to the Vikings' 21-yard line with 20 seconds left when they lined up for a field goal attempt. However, the Eagles faked the field goal try as Elliott looked for tight end Dallas Goedert on a quick out. The Vikings had the play covered so Elliott's desperate pass intended for Goedert was picked off by defensive end Everson Griffen.

"We had the look we wanted," Pederson said. "They made a great play."

Quarterback Carson Wentz was 26-of-40 for 306 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for a 94.4 QB rating. Running back Miles Sanders hauled in his first NFL touchdown on a wheel route, beating linebacker Eric Kendricks for a 32-yard score. Sanders added a 45-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter to set up Wentz's second touchdown throw, this one of Alshon Jeffery. The 3-yard strike made it 24-17 Vikings.

"I thought he did some really good things," Pederson said of Wentz. "I thought overall he played tough again in the pocket."

Sanders led the Eagles with 86 receiving yards on three catches. Jeffery had 10 catches (12 targets) for 76 yards. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert combined for nine catches and 102 yards.

The Eagles were unable to get much going on the ground, as Jordan Howard gained 49 yards to lead the team. Philadelphia was able to get into manageable third-down situations to keep the Vikings' aggressive defense at bay, but only converted 4 of 12 opportunities.

Meanwhile, the Eagles allowed a team to gain over 100 rushing yards for the first time all season. Rookie Alexander Mattison paced the Vikings with 63 yards, including a 35-yard gain in the fourth quarter to put Minnesota over the century mark. Dalvin Cook, who entered the game ranked No. 2 in the league in rushing yards, had just 41 yards on 16 attempts, a 2.6 yards per carry average.

Injuries to watch for the Eagles in the week ahead: tackle Jason Peters left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and linebacker Nigel Bradham exited in the second half with an ankle injury. Peters returned briefly, but was eventually replaced for good by rookie Andre Dillard. Nathan Gerry took over as the middle linebacker for Bradham.

Check out the best photos from the Eagles' clash against the Vikings.

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