Throwback Thursday: Keenum helps Vikings beat Redskins in 2017

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum /

The Minnesota Vikings are hoping they can pull off a victory against the Washington Redskins in Week 8 just like they did during their last meeting in 2017.

The Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins will face off Thursday night. While the Vikings are on a three-game winning streak, Washington has only won one matchup all season long.

Former Vikings Case Keenum and Adrian Peterson will be making their return to Minnesota as members of the Redskins. It will be Keenum’s first time coming back to U.S. Bank Stadium since he played for the Vikings and it’s Peterson’s second time back in the Twin Cities since his departure in 2017.

Meanwhile, former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will be facing his former team for the first time on Thursday as well.

The last time these two teams faced other came in 2017 at the Redskins’ home stadium, FedEx Field. Minnesota was able to defeat Washington 38-30 in this game and the win improved their record to 7-2 on the season.

Keenum went 21-for-29 for 304 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Vikings running back Latavius Murray rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Adam Thielen had eight receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown while Stefon Diggs had four receptions for 78 yards and a score.

In a Redskins uniform, Cousins went 26-for-45 for 327 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also ended up rushing for two scores in the matchup. Washington tight end Vernon Davis had seven receptions for 76 yards and Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder added four catches for 76 yards.

Thursday’s meeting should be a game the Vikings have no problem winning. Obviously the league is very unpredictable and there can be trap games, but if Minnesota does not win this game especially by a wide margin, it would be a huge surprise.

This is also arguably the easiest game left on the Vikings’ 2019 schedule, so getting a win is very critical. Minnesota is still trailing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North and a victory would keep them in the race for the division crown.

The Vikings are playing well lately and they have played well at home all season, winning all three home games by 16 points or more.

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The all-time series between Minnesota and Washington is tied at 13 with the Vikings winning three of the past four meetings.