Vikings' Smith says team will thrive in Philly's 'hostile' environment this year

"You silence a whole stadium of 70, 80,000 people. And so it's fun. "

The Players Show
October 05, 2018 - 12:59 pm

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As the Vikings travel to Philadelphia Sunday for a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game, the memory of Minnesota fans were treated to on that cold January night still lingers for many — but Vikings tight end David Morgan says the offense thrives in the kind of environment that Philly provides.

“Obviously it's a hostile spot, but as an offensive guy you like to be in that position,” he said during The Player’s Show on WCCO Radio. “In a place like that where when you spring a big play and you do things like that you silence a whole stadium of 70, 80,000 people. And so it's fun.  And we know it's going to be a battle and it’s going to be loud or we go there and we embrace that type of stuff. "

Former Vikings General Manager Jeff Diamond, a regular host of the show along with safety Harrison Smith and running back Dalvin Cook, said the Eagles, currently 2-2, look vulnerable.

“The Philadelphia Eagles this year have had some trouble in the secondary and we know that we've got a lot of talent in their front seven. But if you can wear them down and perhaps you get to the fourth quarter and get those guys a little tired. There might be an opportunity to make some plays down the field this time of year when it's a little warmer out,” he said.  

Morgan agreed with Diamond about the talent of Philly’s defensive line, with Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Mike Bennett all getting mentions.

“Those are guys that can truly change the outcome of the football game. And so yeah, we've got to wear those guys down.”

Smith added that in his view, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

“You know I think he's a guy that maybe people didn't know about quite as much as they should have. I think everyone knows now and he's a very good player,” he said.

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