Redskins vs. Vikings: A look into how the Washington Redskins defense matches up against the Minnesota Vikings offense.
Redskins rush defense - 22nd in the NFL at 116.6 yards per game,
Vikings rushing offense – 16th in the NFL at 111.5 yards per game
When Adrian Peterson is in the opposing backfield, statistics don’t really matter. Primarily because Peterson can break loose and take over a game at any moment with this running skills. And he can do this even when a team’s defense is geared up to stop him. The Redskins have improved against the run as the season has progressed, but Peterson will give them problems.
And as we saw last week against the Chargers, even Philip Rivers was able to scramble out of pressure and convert a few first downs. So the Redskins will have make sure they are aware of Vikings QB Christian Ponder, who is very capable of gaining yards on the ground and hurting a defense with his legs. The Linebackers especially will need to keep this in mind.
Redskins pass defense – 28th in the NFL at 282.1 yards per game
Vikings passing offense – 23rd in the NFL at 205.3 yards per game
The Washington Redskins defense has had problems with up-tempo offenses, but the Vikings offense is much more conventional and relies on play-action in the passing game. The Redskins defense should matchup very well with the Vikings. They are not a fast paced team, and the Redskin defense is built more for offenses like this.
The Vikings do have some nice weapons at receiver in Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson. Also, Kyle Rudolph has developed into a very good tight end. However, Christian Ponder is not a prolific passer, and if the Redskins can get a pass rush on him, he is apt to turn the ball over. And with the Redskins defensive backs playing well, they should have the advantage.
Most Intriguing Individual Matchup
London Fletcher vs. Adrian Peterson – Fletcher has struggled this season for the Redskins. He’s been solid, but is not playing at his typical all-pro level. It’s possible that age may be catching up to him. But the Redskins need him channel the energy he’s played with in previous seasons, as the Vikings Adrian Peterson will be hard to stop. And missed tackles in the open field from the Redskins linebackers could result in a long day for the defense. Redskins vs. Vikings