Vikings vs Eagles : The Eagles and Vikings last met in the NFC Championship game in January, when Philadelphia dominated 38-7. Both teams now have different quarterbacks: The Vikings acquired Kirk Cousins, while Carson Wentz is back from injury to lead the Eagles.
This time around, the Eagles are coming off a 26-23 loss to the Titans, when they fell behind the inactive Redskins to second place in the NFC East.The Vikings lost to the powerful Rams, 38-31, in the Week 4 Thursday Night Football matchup.
The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t had much luck with officials this season, which things won’t get any easier with Walt Coleman being the head official for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game re-match with the Minnesota Vikings.
Coleman and his crew will officiate the game, the first time the Eagles will get Coleman as an official since 2017. Coleman has actually called the penalties split down the middle 50-50 (25 penalties on the home team, 25 penalties on the away team) with the home team winning 50 percent of their home games in 2018.
The league average for penalties called against the home team 47.46 percent and the home win percentage is 61 percent. Coleman and his crew call an average of 12.5 penalties per game, which the league average is 14.16.This is the earliest Coleman has officiated an Eagles game in a season since 2013. Philadelphia is 5-1 in the last five games Coleman has officiated, with the lone loss being Chip Kelly’s final game with the team in 2015.
Being the Alumni Captain again is) a unique opportunity. It was really cool last year to be able to experience it with my kids (Olivia and Jaxon). And this year since I’m retiring as an Eagle, I’m looking forward to experiencing that with my wife (Elizabeth) and my parents, (Paul and Marilee) that are going to come in, as well. I think that it will be something special for all three of them. They were there to support me through my career and had so time invested in me that it’s just kind of like a feather in the cap to all of them, too.”
The Eagles went to the playoffs in five of his nine years in the starting lineup. With 124 starts, Herremans ranks sixth in Eagles history among offensive linemen, behind Tra Thomas (165), Jerry Sisemore (155), Guy Morris (151), Jon Runyan (144) and Stan Walters (125).
During Sunday’s game against the Vikings, Herremans will represent the Eagles at midfield for the pregame coin toss and also be honored at halftime. Running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not participate in practice this week and is listed as questionable for Sunday when Minnesota visits Philadelphia.