Brandon Graham: We can prove we’re the best defensive front this week

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When it came to both points and yards allowed this season, no team was stingier than the Vikings as they led the league in both categories.

The Eagles weren’t far behind, however. They finished fourth in those metrics and gave up fewer rushing yards than any team in the league, so both teams are bringing strong units into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. The front seven is a strength on both sides and Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said he and his teammates are driven to show that they have the better one.

“We always have that mindset,” Graham said, via NJ.com. “Every week and we got to go out there and prove it every week. And I think this is a good opportunity for us to prove who the best defensive line and front. You know, because we playing against the best, you know, and now we got to go out there and show up and if we say we the best, we got to go out there and prove it.”

A strong performance from the Eagles defensive front this weekend won’t necessarily win them acclaim as the best unit in the league, but such a title won’t matter much if the effort results in a trip to the Vikings’ stadium for the Super Bowl.

31 responses to “Brandon Graham: We can prove we’re the best defensive front this week

  1. Graham and Agholor… two players who really seemed like disappointments for their first 2 years and now look at them. They’re exhibit A and B why the NFL should expand rosters so teams can carry more guys. It would make for a better product on the field. Agholor is down right exciting when he’s got the ball in space

  2. The Vikings are better overall but they are a team designed for indoors and artificial turf. That, and home field, could be a huge equalizer.

  3. stellarperformance says:

    January 18, 2018 at 11:06 am

    The Vikings are better overall but they are a team designed for indoors and artificial turf. That, and home field, could be a huge equalizer.

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    Good defenses tend to Travel well so I disagree. The offense may take a step back, but I think both teams will struggle to score.

  4. The Eagles are the best Defensive front. But the Vikings are the best overall defense. Can stop the run, stop the pass, best 3rd defense in NFL history, #1 in Yards and # points.

    The Whole underdog thing is stupid. Who cares if Vegas gives the Falcons or Vikings 3 points. Espn does that based on who they think the public will bet on. ESPN think people will bet on the Vikings because of the miracle play. That’s all. Doesn’t mean people don’t think the Eagles are good.

  5. Vikings defense is ranked #1 and rightfully so. But just a few interesting stats that are giving me hope for my eagles this week: vikings defense gives up 12ppg at home, but 19ppg on the road. Eagles defense gives up 13ppg at home. Eagles defense has more sacks, leads league in qb pressures(vikings o-line gives up 3rd most qb pressures), eagles defense forced 31 takeaways(19int 12 fmbl rec) vikings forced 19 takeaways(14int 5fmbl rec). Eagles defense scored 6 defensive tds compared to 1 td for vikings defense. It should be a very physical game! Perfect for an outdoor cold weather playoff game for a chance at playing in the super bowl. GO BIRDS!!

  6. stellarperformance says:
    January 18, 2018 at 11:06 am
    The Vikings are better overall but they are a team designed for indoors and artificial turf. That, and home field, could be a huge equalizer.

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    I would have whole heartedly agreed with you about some past teams, however since our stint at TCF this team has been decidedly better outdoors. I will say the grass scares me a little, more because of the condition it will most likely be in. The team was 4-2 outdoors on grass this year, and isn’t the push over built only on speed it was under the previous regime.

    I’m looking forward to a great game by two teams that are built similarly. I think who ever is able to find a way to run on the other team will have the upper hand.

  7. I know the Vikings would have a home field advantage in the SB but as a Pats fan I would rather face them than the Eagles. The Eagles defensive front would win the matchup against the Patriots offensive line. So I’m pulling for the Vikings this weekend.

  8. It’s going to be a bare-knuckle alley fight. Can’t wait. Everyone thinks Minnesota is an indoor rug team. Not so.

  9. bird2urmother says:
    January 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Vikings defense is ranked #1 and rightfully so. But just a few interesting stats that are giving me hope for my eagles this week: vikings defense gives up 12ppg at home, but 19ppg on the road. Eagles defense gives up 13ppg at home. Eagles defense has more sacks, leads league in qb pressures(vikings o-line gives up 3rd most qb pressures), eagles defense forced 31 takeaways(19int 12 fmbl rec) vikings forced 19 takeaways(14int 5fmbl rec). Eagles defense scored 6 defensive tds compared to 1 td for vikings defense.
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    I was spouting those same statistics about the Vikings defense at home last week, but those statistics didn’t help at all as they were giving up a 17-point lead in the second half. What I learned is anything can happen in the playoffs and I’m not making any predictions this week. Nothing would surprise me at this point.

  10. I could care less if the Eagles D-line or D overall is the “best” as long as my team wins. Hell, if they hold our offense to 3 points and our special teams and D score enough to win, I’m sure the Vikings and their fans would gladly give the Eagles the “best” defense title if that’s what they seek.

    The Eagles clearly have a great D and the home field gives them a great advantage, but any argument that the Vikes aren’t built for the outdoors is just inaccurate. Neither the D or the offense are built on finesse — the D is big, strong and quick on all levels, the offense is based on straight ahead runs, play action and crossing patterns, with a few deep balls thrown in. This team ain’t the Saints on offense or the Falcons on defense — and I guarantee you that the Vikes LBs won’t be running around like chickens with their heads cut off like the Falcons #45 did on those RPOs. Too close to say the Vikes will win, but its not far-fetched to say they will play well outside.

  11. The Vikings D will (obviously) focus on stopping the run so that Foles will have to beat them through the air. Rhodes will be taking Jeffries out of the game. Smith and Sendejo will be waiting for errant passes. Waynes has really stepped up too.

    I understand that the Vikings D gave up a 17 point lead- but that was to Drew Brees and the #2 ranked Saints offense.

    This could be a low-scoring game. Turn overs could be the key.

    Let’s take this baby back to the Vikings final home game of the season! SKOL!

  12. Whoever lines up across Rashod Hill at RT will have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.

    The second half last week, Zimmer rarely blitzed or did his 2-gap pressure because of Brees. It was one of the rare times since he’s been coach of the Vikings he didnt go after the QB. That’ll be different this week, Foles is decent but no Brees.

  13. Frazier28/7 says:
    January 18, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Whoever lines up across Rashod Hill at RT will have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.
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    I know this is a little unorthodox, but maybe Zimmer would consider moving Remmers back to right tackle for this game, considering he was the starting right tackle until Week 17. Maybe don’t use your starting right tackle at left guard for the first time in his career in a playoff game. Hill is a fine backup but I’m not sure this is the time to be experimenting with new offensive line configurations.

  14. Regardless of who wins the AFC this year the NFC will Be Super Bowl Champs. NE or Jacksonville have not seen any defenses close to the Vikes or Eagles. Brady would be trampled or Bortles will throw 6 interceptions and trampled.

  15. mongo3401 says:
    January 18, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Regardless of who wins the AFC this year the NFC will Be Super Bowl Champs. NE or Jacksonville have not seen any defenses close to the Vikes or Eagles. Brady would be trampled or Bortles will throw 6 interceptions and trampled.
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    Jacksonville’s defense is easily on par with the Vikings and Eagles. The Patriots will see them this week. The Jaguars see them every day in practice.

  16. bird2urmother says:

    January 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Vikings defense is ranked #1 and rightfully so. But just a few interesting stats that are giving me hope for my eagles this week: vikings defense gives up 12ppg at home, but 19ppg on the road. Eagles defense gives up 13ppg at home. Eagles defense has more sacks, leads league in qb pressures(vikings o-line gives up 3rd most qb pressures), eagles defense forced 31 takeaways(19int 12 fmbl rec) vikings forced 19 takeaways(14int 5fmbl rec). Eagles defense scored 6 defensive tds compared to 1 td for vikings defense. It should be a very physical game! Perfect for an outdoor cold weather playoff game for a chance at playing in the super bowl. GO BIRDS!!

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    If turn overs are the only reason you think the Eagles defense is better than your in for a rude awakening. The Fact that the Vikings have the same record as the Eagles without the turnovers shows that they win without luck being involved. They cashed in their one luck card on that play last week.

    Getting turnovers in the NFL is never a guarantee even for the best defenses. Sometimes teams have to gamble and take chances to get turnovers. If you look at most of the Eagle games this year the Eagles got to a huge lead thanks to Wentz, and the defense could gamble and take more chances. How many turnovers do they have without Wentz? Probably not as many. The games are tighter contests with Foles, so defense take less chances. Can philly shutdown opposing teams when the ball doesn’t bounce their way and don’t get the turnovers? With a #17 ranked secondary and a high rated allowed in the redzone, probably not. The Vikings can. They physically shut teams down and are not reliant on turnovers or the ball bouncing the right way.

    Turnovers are sexy and get all the media attention but Zimmer’s defense isn’t designed to take unneeded risks but instead take away everything in front of you and takes the ball away truly when it’s in a position it can be done with no risk.

  17. In Teddy We Trust says:

    January 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    mongo3401 says:
    January 18, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Regardless of who wins the AFC this year the NFC will Be Super Bowl Champs. NE or Jacksonville have not seen any defenses close to the Vikes or Eagles. Brady would be trampled or Bortles will throw 6 interceptions and trampled.
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    Jacksonville’s defense is easily on par with the Vikings and Eagles. The Patriots will see them this week. The Jaguars see them every day in practice.

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    Jacksonvilles defense is way better than the Eagles.

  18. Frazier28/7 says:
    January 18, 2018 at 1:13 pm
    Whoever lines up across Rashod Hill at RT will have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.

    The second half last week, Zimmer rarely blitzed or did his 2-gap pressure because of Brees. It was one of the rare times since he’s been coach of the Vikings he didnt go after the QB. That’ll be different this week, Foles is decent but no Brees.

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    Easy there, I made this same statement a couple days ago and got ridiculed that Zimmer moved away from his A gap blitz. I got ridiculed by people who must not have watched the game.

  19. If turn overs are the only reason you think the Eagles defense is better than your in for a rude awakening. The Fact that the Vikings have the same record as the Eagles without the turnovers shows that they win without luck being involved. They cashed in their one luck card on that play last week
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    I’m pretty sure I also mentioned sacks and qb pressures, #1 run D and points per game. And most turnovers aren’t luck. Most of them are caused by pressure and taking advantage of opportunities. And turnovers are a HUGE part of the game. That’s a fact. Im not saying the eagles will win the turnover battle, i just gave out some facts. No need to get bothered by it. And the eagles defense has averaged 2 turnovers per game since wentz injury which is above their season average of 1.8. But of course now you’ll tell me that doesn’t matter, even though you’re the one who brought it up.

  20. 13worldchampionships, when did I say the eagles defense is better? Actually i said Vikings deservedly has have the #1 rank. I just gave some stats that are giving me more confidence in my team. Read the post, buddy.

  21. As far as the Vikings being a good outdoor team, their wins outdoors this season were against:

    Redskins
    Browns
    Packers (no Rodgers)
    and the Bears

    They lost to the Steelers and Panthers outdoors. So looks like they have not beaten a team with a winning record outside this season.

    Their other nine wins were in the comfort of a dome.

  22. With a #17 ranked secondary and a high rated allowed in the redzone, probably not

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    Eagles top CB missed about 9 games this yr so eagles were replacing him with a 3rd round rookie.

  23. So by your logic you think Turnovers are just about luck? That is absurd. The turnovers come because the Eagles defense gets consistent pressure on the opposing team’s QB. Then you question whether they can be successful without “lucky turnovers”. Man did you not watch the game last week????? Eagles shut down Atlanta without any turnovers last week. Atlanta has a better offense then Vikings, so look out this weekend. However, the turnovers come because this is a very opportunistic defense that steps up big in big moments. Take them lightly, but if I was a Vikings fans I would be very concerned with how Keenum will handle the barrage of pressure he is going to see on Sunday. The Eagles will win this game and it won’t be as difficult as the Atlanta game. Eagles win 24-9

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    ajzinnecker says:

    January 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    If turn overs are the only reason you think the Eagles defense is better than your in for a rude awakening. The Fact that the Vikings have the same record as the Eagles without the turnovers shows that they win without luck being involved. They cashed in their one luck card on that play last week.

    Getting turnovers in the NFL is never a guarantee even for the best defenses. Sometimes teams have to gamble and take chances to get turnovers. If you look at most of the Eagle games this year the Eagles got to a huge lead thanks to Wentz, and the defense could gamble and take more chances. How many turnovers do they have without Wentz? Probably not as many. The games are tighter contests with Foles, so defense take less chances. Can philly shutdown opposing teams when the ball doesn’t bounce their way and don’t get the turnovers? With a #17 ranked secondary and a high rated allowed in the redzone, probably not. The Vikings can. They physically shut teams down and are not reliant on turnovers or the ball bouncing the right way.

    Turnovers are sexy and get all the media attention but Zimmer’s defense isn’t designed to take unneeded risks but instead take away everything in front of you and takes the ball away truly when it’s in a position it can be done with no risk.

  24. Wait: Jaguars defense is so good. Didn’t they just give up 42 points? That’s the Eagles last three games.

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