How to Watch: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins

Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins players line up at the line of scrimmage prior to the snap of the football, week twelve, during the NFL football game between the Washington Redskins against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings beat the Redskins 17-13. (AP Photo/David Drapkin)
Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins players line up at the line of scrimmage prior to the snap of the football, week twelve, during the NFL football game between the Washington Redskins against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings beat the Redskins 17-13. (AP Photo/David Drapkin)

Vikings at Redskins Preview

Sunday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

(FOX)

 

Vikings  

Redskins

5-3, 1-2, 1st NFC North

Record

4-3-1, 3rd NFC East

19.4, 26th

Points Per Game

23.2, 14th

15.8, 1st

Points Allowed Per Game

23.6, 19th

298.8 yards per game, 32nd

Total Offense

410 yards per game, 4th

298.9 yards per game, 3rd

Total Defense

369.8 yards per game, 22nd

226.1 yards per game, 26th

Passing Offense

298.8 yards per game, 3rd

205.8 yards per game, 4th

Passing Defense

246 yards per game, 15th

72.6 yards per game, 31st

Rushing Offense

115.5 yards per game, 14th

93.1 yards per game, 8th

Rushing Defense

123.8 yards per game, 26th

+12, 2nd

Turnover Differential

0, 14th

21, 9th

Sacks

22, 7th

21, 8th

Sacks allowed

4, 30th

Sam Bradford, 1,715 yards, 9 TD, 1 INT, 99 rating

Quarterback

Kirk Cousins, 2,454 yards, 12 TD, 7 INT, 93.1 rating

Stefon Diggs, 48 catches, 546 yards, 2 TD

Leading Receiver

Jamison Crowder, 40 catches, 498 yards, 4 TD

Matt Asiata, 71 carriers, 227 yards, 2 TD

Leading Rusher

Matt Jones, 99 carries, 430 yards, 3 TD

 

Injury Report

Vikings Injury Status
Captain Munnerlyn, CB Ankle Out
Linval Joseph, DT Shoulder Questionable
Marcus Sherels, CB Ankle Out
Sharrif Floyd, DT Knee Out
Laquon Treadwell, WR Hamstring Questionable
Redskins    
DeSean Jackson, WR Shoulder Doubtful
Duke Ihenacho, S Questionable
Morgan Moses, T Ankle Questionable

 

Betting Lines

Redskins (-3); Over/Under 42.

Berserker Betting Take: Ah, finally. As a Vikings fan I’m far more comfortable when the purple and gold are an underdog. Being the favorite every week has been stressful and just not in the Skol Nation DNA. The Vikings are desperate for a win today after losing three straight but I don’t think I’d touch this thing. Minnesota needs to prove to me they’re out of this funk before I lay down any dough.

 

Main Storyline: If last week wasn’t necessarily a must-win for Minnesota it certainly is now. Amid a three-game losing streak the Vikings need a win in worst way to get some mojo back, hoping to reverse course and head the right way once again. Washington is coming of its bye week after a tie against the Bengals in the London two weeks ago.

With games coming up against Arizona, Detroit and Dallas the Vikings no longer have any margin for error. It starts today against Kirk Cousins and his arsenal of weapons. Even without DeSean Jackson, the Redskins have a wealth of talent including Jordan Reed at tight end and Jamison Crowder on the outside. Left tackle Trent Williams is suspended which should be a big boost to the Vikings pass rush which has managed just two sacks in the last three weeks after racking up 17 in the first five games.

 

Key Matchup: Vikings defense vs. Redskins offense. Strength vs. strength in this one. Cousins does a great job of spreading things out to all of his different targets, and he has lots to choose from. DeSean Jackson is out but with Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon, Vernon Davis and co. the Minnesota defense will be stretched. How does this affect what Mike Zimmer can dial up? Will we see less of Harrison Smith in the box? Who covers Reed? And don’t forget the Vikings are without nickel corner Captain Munnerlyn.

Pair that with the fact that Washington has only allowed four sacks all season and you can see the problems they propose. Whichever unit is better on Sunday likely leads its team to a much-needed victory.

 

Why I’m nervous: Well the last month or so has been fun, huh? Good lord I can’t think of a Viking season that started so promising and soured so quickly—and for Minnesota that is saying something. The Redskins offense may not light the world on fire but it is solid with game breakers all over their roster. I thought the Vikings offense showed some signs of life last week against Detroit but what about this defense? Sure they’re still No. 1 in scoring and really limited the Lions in the second half. But where have the big plays gone? Sacks, turnovers and third-down defense have all gone missing not to mention the clutch gene I thought Zimmer had instilled.

 

Why I’m overly confident: I think I’ve officially returned to standard levels of Vikings fandom—my expectations have severely dipped. But all it takes in one game and Minnesota can totally redeem itself!!! Pat Shurmur had a full week to install an offensive game plan, the defense is due for some game-changing plays and this is Kirk Cousins we are talking about after all.

 

Berserker Prediction: I’ve picked the Vikings in every game this season so I think it is time for me to reverse course and help the boys out. Tough one on the road that comes down to a few points and with the Vikings kicking situation that rarely bodes well. Redskins 21, Vikings 16.

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