Thursday Night Football
Minnesota @ Philadelphia
Team Totals: Eagles 27.5, Vikings 20.5
#PrimeTime Kirk Cousins will have his Week 2 work cut out with starting LT Christian Darrisaw (ankle) and C Garrett Bradbury (back) nursing short-week injuries ahead of Philly’s home opener. Hulking Eagles first-round DT Jalen Carter generated nine pressures in his NFL debut, while seven different Birds laid hits on Mac Jones. Cousins’ matchup remains favorable enough for low-end QB1 valuation — Jones banked Week 1’s overall QB2 fantasy result against Philadelphia — but I’m also anticipating a productive night from the Eagles’ D/ST. … After managing 44 total yards and a receiving TD that saved his Week 1 box score against the Bucs, Alexander Mattison encounters another tough draw at Philly, which stymied Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott for a combined Opening Day rushing line of 19/54/0 (2.8 YPC). The Eagles did cough up 13 receptions to Patriots running backs and lost top LB Nakobe Dean (Lisfranc) indefinitely. It helps that Mattison’s workload is secure; he appeared on 74% of Minnesota’s offensive snaps versus Tampa Bay, five of six third downs, and was on the field for all three of the Vikings’ goal-line chances. Mattison is a volume-driven RB2 play on Thursday night. Ty Chandler is just a change of pace.
Cousins’ Week 1 target distribution: Justin Jefferson 12; T.J. Hockenson 9; Jordan Addison and K.J. Osborn 6; Mattison 4; Josh Oliver and C.J. Ham 3; Chandler 1. … 2022’s NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Jefferson picked up right where he left off in last week’s loss to Tampa and has now drawn double-digit targets in 12 of his last 18 regular-season games (67%). Eagles No. 2 CB James Bradberry (concussion) isn’t going to play on a short week, while No. 1 CB Darius Slay is 32.5 years old. Jefferson should cook on TNF. … First-round rookie Addison caught four of six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in his debut but played behind Osborn, whose 91% snap rate dwarfed Addison’s (56%).
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