The 1-7 Minnesota Vikings host the 3-5 Washington Redskins, Thursday, November 7. Kick-off is at 7:25 CT from Mall of America Field at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game will be televised on NFL Network and in the Twin Cities market on MY29 WFTC.
Point Spread: Washington -2
|Matt Asiata||RB||Shoulder||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Xavier Rhodes||CB||Shoulder||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Chris Cook||CB||Hip||Limited Participation in Practice||Out|
|Josh Robinson||CB||Chest||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Phil Loadholt||T||Concussion||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Rhett Ellison||TE||Ankle||Did Not Participate In Practice||Questionable|
|Letroy Guion||DT||Chest/Knee||Did Not Participate In Practice||Doubtful|
|Chad Greenway||LB||Wrist||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Jamarca Sanford||S||Groin||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Fred Evans||DT||Knee||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Kyle Rudolph||TE||Foot||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Charlie Johnson||G||Elbow||Did Not Participate In Practice||Doubtful|
|Chris Thompson||RB||Shoulder||Full Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Jose Gumbs||S||Ankle||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Leonard Hankerson||WR||Hamstring||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|London Fletcher||LB||Knee||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Logan Paulsen||TE||Knee||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Stephen Bowen||DE||Shoulder||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
The Vikings’ losing streak went to four after Sunday’s crushing last-minute defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. Minnesota will climb right back on the horse after a short week of preparation at home against a Washington team that appears to have righted its own ship after an 0-3 start.
Last season’s meeting between these two teams featured an outstanding performance by Robert Griffin III, including a highlight reel late touchdown run to seal the victory. Washington’s read-option approach exposed the Vikings’ defense in that game, and I don’t need to point out that the Vikes haven’t exactly gotten better on D since then.
Recognition issues plagued the Vikings throughout last year’s game against RG3. An aggressive defensive approach is usually best against the read-option, but the Vikes have been unwilling to unleash a lot of blitzes this year given their lack of proficient man-to-man coverage corners. So I guess we can look for RG3 to gash the Vikings again both with his running and passing.
Offensively, the Vikings will look to build on what they were able to accomplish last weekend against Dallas. Christian Ponder was relatively efficient, at least by his own standards, and Adrian Peterson had his best game of the year running the ball. Unfortunately the Vikings will be without one of their best weapons in Kyle Rudolph, and their offensive line will be patched-together with both Charlie Johnson and Phil Loadholt on the shelf.
Can the Vikings find a game plan that will allow them to contain RG3? Can Adrian Peterson get it cranked up against the Redskins’ defense? Can Christian Ponder follow up his best game of the year with another solid effort?
Prediction: Redskins 24, Vikings 13