DeSean and LeSean focus of Vikings defense

LeSean McCoy (Getty)

Nick Foles is deservedly getting a lot of credit for the Eagles' resurgence, but the real weapons in Philadelphia are RB LeSean McCoy and WR DeSean Jackson.

When the Vikings meet the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, they will be going up against two of the league's most explosive and formidable offensive weapons in LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Between the two of them, they have accounted for almost 2,400 yards of offense and 16 touchdowns and they have the Vikings a bit concerned.

"Every team in the league has explosive weapons, but those two are right up there with anyone as far a big-play potential goes," linebacker Chad Greenway said. "You have to be on your game because they can make plays at any time and they're usually big plays when they do."

McCoy took over the league lead in rushing last week from Adrian Peterson, running for more than 200 yards in the snow against Detroit and giving him 1,305 yards on the ground to go with 40 receptions for 439 yards as a receiver. Jackson leads the team with 65 receptions for 1,080 yards and is averaging almost 17 yards per reception.

The Eagles have gotten their offense right this season, whether it's been Nick Foles, Michael Vick or Matt Barkley under center. They have all had their moments, but the fuel that runs the engine is in his their two-headed offensive weapons – the DeSean and LeSean Show.

"We're going to have to be ready for them because either one of them is capable of doing damage," Greenway said. "You have to execute with them because, if you make a mistake against them, they can take advantage of it and turn it into a huge play."

Many have come into games against the Eagles with the same plan of attack and have failed. The Vikings will have to be an exception to that rule as they pick their poison from one play to the next as who they're going to commit to stopping.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • The Eagles have dominated the recent series, winning eight of the last 10 meetings, including a postseason win at the Metrodome.

  • The Eagles haven't allowed more than 21 points in any game Since Week 4 in late September.

  • The Vikings had six players who didn't take part in Wednesday's practice – Adrian Peterson (groin/foot), Toby Gerhart (hamstring), Brandon Fusco (knee), Xavier Rhodes (ankle), Josh Robinson (chest) and John Carlson (concussion).

  • The Eagles had just three players listed on their Wednesday injury report and only one of them – linebacker Najee Goode (hamstring) – didn't take part in Wednesday's practice.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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