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This time, it’s Kirk Cousins versus Carson Wentz.

The quarterbacks and the stakes will be different when the Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) play host to the Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1) in a rematch of the NFC championship game Sunday.

Last January, Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 38-7 win over Case Keenum and the Vikings. Now the Super Bowl MVP is back on the bench since Wentz returned from knee surgery in Week 3. Keenum, meanwhile, ended up with Denver because the Vikings gave Cousins a fully guaranteed US$84-million contract to be the face of their franchise.

Neither team is playing at a championship level right now and both are desperate for a win.

“They’re a great team, record aside,” Wentz said. “We know we’ll get their best, obviously with the way it ended last year.”

Cousins had been successful against the Eagles in seven starts for Washington. He had thrown for 2,122 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions while going 4-3 in those games.

“It’s a great environment, a great place to play an NFL football game on a Sunday afternoon. Great crowd,” Cousins said. “I’ve had my fair share of battles there. Some have come out victorious, some have come out as the loser. It will be a great test for us.”

Vikings offensive co-ordinator John DeFilippo was Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. He’s quite familiar with Wentz and coach Doug Pederson’s system. The Eagles already beat former offensive co-ordinator Frank Reich and the Colts in Week 3.

“The same as going against Frank, some of the terminology, some of the calls, maybe hand signals, whatever it may be that he knows,” Pederson said. “Listen, he’s a smart guy, but he’s also preparing his team to get ready to play. I think that’s where his focus is right now this week.

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