I’m sure you’re all wondering just what a Blood Eagle is. I know that if I were you, I would be, since I only just learned of it. I learned of it when I started searching for pictures to inspire a post for this weekend’s game. And did I learn something interesting!
The Blood Eagle was a tactic of torturous death supposedly used by our Viking forefathers wherein they would cut the ribs of the victim right next to the spine and bust them outwards to form an image of eagle’s wings. The torture was extended by pulling the lungs out the back and applying salt while the victim suffocated. Very brutal indeed.
So that brings us to our upcoming game, where I pity the poor soul who dares call himself an Eagle in front of our Vikings defense. These Eagles were flying high and mighty for the first month of the season. They obliterated each of their first three opponents, including a 34-3 annihilation of a top-rated Steelers team. Then their wings were clipped and they quickly came crashing down to earth, with losses to the Lions and Redskins.
Now the Eagles start the tough portion of their schedule, as they face the most difficult opposition of any team in the NFL. Their remaining opponents have a combined win percentage of 65.76%, and the first on that schedule is your beloved Minnesota Vikings.
Sure, as the comparison image below shows, their rookie QB has been doing pretty well. But the NFL has started to learn his tendencies, and weaker defenses have been able to exploit them. Now the undefeated Vikings defense is coming in fresh off a bye, and ready to extend their season of dominance over every foe they face. First up: Carson Wentz and his soon to be Blood Eagled brethren.