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Game Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs Washington Redskins

Game Details

  • Match-up: Minnesota Vikings (3-5), Washington Redskins (3-5)
  • Location: TCF Bank Stadium
  • Date: Sunday, Nov 2nd
  • Time: Noon
  • TV: FOX

The Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins have met 23 times with the Redskins holding the series edge 12-11. The Vikings have played the Redskins 5 consecutive years, the Vikings have won 3 of the first 4 games.

Injuries

The biggest news is that Robert Griffin III is expected to play Sunday versus Minnesota.

Key Match-up

Vikings offense versus the Redskins Blitz packages. Minnesota has been one of the worst teams this year when it comes to giving up QB pressures and sacks. The Redskins harried and chased Tony Romo all over the place Monday night and I expect for them to repeat that performance against Minnesota on Sunday.

Players to Watch

Anthony Barr and Jerrick McKinnon. Jerrick McKinnon will be facing one of the worst rush defenses in the NFC, he is averaging 5.0 yards per carry and should be a key to neutralizing the blitz heavy Redskins. Look for him to get going against a weak defense and help alleviate some pressure for the Offensive line.

Anthony Barr single highhandedly ripped away any hope Tampa Bay had of winning the game last Sunday, in overtime, as he forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. He leads all rookie defenders with 54 solo tackles; 3 for a loss, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles and 1 TD. He has consistently been a disruptive force in opponents backfields and I expect Everson Griffen and him to be after Alfred Morris and Robert Griffen all day Sunday.

Prediction

Back at home and looking to build momentum heading into their Bye week, Minnesota has a great opportunity to put themselves ahead of the Chicago Bears and gain some ground back on the rest of the Division, as they all watch from home this week. Minnesota must capitalize on this opportunity.

Minnesota 20, Washington 14