October 7, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) celebrates with Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) after recovering a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings: Three Keys to Victory

It is important for the Redskins to even up their record before going on a tough two week road trip.  So how does the home team break their home woes and go 3-3 and more importantly start building up some tie breakers that could come up as the season gets into Decemeber.

Take Advantage of Being Home: There is no reason to have played so poorly at home, especially at FedEx field.  Yes, it is not known as a tough place to play and it’s not as loud as Baltimore, Seattle or Kansas City, but this is one of the largest stadiums in the league.  With that many fans in the house, it is important for the defense to make some key and big plays early.  The offense needs to up points on the board and get an early lead.  Together, this will make sure the fans are into the game, and it will up to the fans to make it loud and uncomfortable for a young Christian Ponder.

Key On Percy Harvin: This is their home run hitter.  If the Redskins have a hope to win this game, the Redskins must keep Percy from too many big plays.  Also, second year Christian Ponder relies a lot on Percy Harvin, and limiting the wideout’s production will decrease how effective Minnesota’s quarterback will be.  But don’t forget, Harvin has been a menace in the kicking game (just ask the Lions). Percy Harvin is really good for a reason, so he will get his big plays, but if the Redskins can limit this to two plays over 20 yards, including on special teams, it will increase the chances of a Washington win.

Win Morris vs. Peterson: The ground game is where this game will be won today.  Morris will have to have one of his best games of his young career.  Not only will this limit the amount of carries Adrian Peterson will have, but it will limit the amount of exposure that Robert Griffin III will have to a front four lead by Jared Allen.  On the other side, if the Redskins lock down Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder will have to make more plays with his arm, and I like the chances of that a whole lot better leading to a Redskins victory.  Ponder manages a game well, but he isn’t ready to lead a team to a victory with his arm.  If we look at the stats at the end of the game and Redskins rushed for more yards, it should be a close win for the home team.

If the Redskins can get an early lead, keep Percy Harvin to only two plays over 20 yards, and win the rushing game battle, the Redskins will be 3-3 before they head off to New York to face the Giants.

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