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Redskins vs. Vikings - 5 keys to the Game


Redskins vs. Vikings – These are five things that if the Redskins can accomplish, they will stand a better chance of getting the win against the Vikings.

1.  Contain Adrian Peterson - Adrian Peterson is going to get his yards.  He’s just too good to shut down completely.  But with that being said, the Redskins can’t afford to let him make a highlight reel out of their defense.  Keep missed tackles to a minimum.  A 100 yard game, I think the Redskins can concede.  But if Peterson goes off for close to 200 yards or more, the Redskins will be in trouble.

2.  Keep Christian Ponder in a Funk - Vikings QB Christian Ponder has struggled much of the season, and involved in a QB controversy with newly signed Josh Freeman.  So the Redskins can’t afford for Ponder to have his one good game of the season against them.  They need to do everything in their power to ensure the trend of Ponder not playing well continues.  Again, if Ponder looks like an all-pro against the Redskins, it could well mean a loss.

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3.  Don’t abandon the Run - We saw in week 9 against the Chargers, what a sustained rushing attack can do for the Redskins.  With Alfred Morris running the ball well throughout the game, the Redskins can control time of possession, and it opens up opportunities for play-action the passing game.

4.  Attack the Vikings secondary -  The Vikings secondary is riddled with injuries, and has not played well as a unit.  The Redskins and QB Robert Griffin III need to find ways to attack this weakness.  However, they don’t need to do it at the expense of the running game.  They need to establish the run, and pass out of it.  They don’t need RGIII making 40 pass attempts in this game.

5.  No special teams mishaps  -  The Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson has emerged as one of the more dangerous kick returners in the game.  And the Redskins special teams has been shaky, giving up multiple long returns on the season.  One thing the Redskins don’t need is for the Vikings to get bonus points on special teams scores.

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