Redskins vs. Vikings – Game Preview and Pick

Redskins vs. Vikings

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Washington Redskins  - 3-5

Minnesota Vikings  - 1-7

Redskins vs. Vikings.  Both of these teams were in the playoffs last season, yet have struggled to win this year.  The Redskins struggles can be tied to one major incident last year, and that’s the torn ACL of Robert Griffin III.  The mishandling of that incident by Mike Shanahan last season, has led to the entire team getting off to a rough start this season.

The Vikings thrived last season with superstar running back Adrian Peterson returning from his own ACL injury.  However, this season, even though Peterson has played well, the Vikings have been mired with a QB controversy and uncertainty mounting between the players and the coaching staff.

Redskins vs. Vikings

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But the Redskins appear to be getting over their early season funk as RGIII is playing better each week.  And the Redskins units which could not get on the same page each game, seems to be finding symmetry between the offense, defense, and special teams.  But while the Redskins seem to be coming together, the Vikings appear to be falling apart.

QB Christian Ponder seems to only be the starter simply because newly acquired Josh Freeman is injured.  And some players took to the media questioning the decision of the coaching staff in the aftermath of the team’s narrow loss in week 9 to the Dallas Cowboys.  But the Vikings are still a talented team and are capable of beating the Redskins.

However, I don’t think they will.  The Redskins defense isn’t really built to stop up-tempo offenses, but is better suited to conventional style offenses like the Vikings, so they should matchup well.  Also, the Redskins passing game is coming together just in time to face an injured and struggling secondary of the Vikings.

But as we saw against the Cowboys, the Vikings are a proud team, and I think they will fight the Redskins hard.  They will find a way to keep it close, but in the end the Redskins will win a close one on the road.  Redskins vs. Vikings

 

Score prediction:       28-24 Redskins    

Points spread:      Redskins - 1

Over/under:  50.5 – Over

Topics: Adrian Peterson, Redskins Vs. Vikings, Redskins Vs. Vikings Pick, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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  • Daniel Laxen

    A fair article on the trials and tribulations of both clubs. The thinking about the these two squads they were teams on the up swing going into camp. Both playoff teams with perceived talent. The only problem was the teams evidently felt they had arrived. Nothing is ever easy in the NFL. The teams are so equal talent wise now.

    The Redskins have struggled with the fact that RGIII was injured and everyone isn’t Adrian Peterson. I must admit that RGIII is looking better every week and that doesn’t bode well for the Vikings. The Skins have had issues in coverage too. Christian ponder will not be able to take advantage of them though. He’s slow to react and second guesses himself all too often. I have seen how bad the Viking’s secondary has been and they should be no better this week. 1st round pick Rhodes is nicked and makes an already thin secondary even weaker. Last weeks victory vs. the Chargers may well springboard the Skins back into the division race?

    The Vikings on the other hand are going in total reverse now. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing and sometimes I don’t think it wants to? QB carousel is still in motion and Christian Ponder is not a starting caliber QB. He may not be a back up caliber one for that matter! He’s inaccurate, with no pocket awareness, and to make up for that he has no arm at all…He’s not the only problem. There are holes everywhere for RGIII to exploit. The Vikings have 1 legitimate starting LB in a bit over rated Chad Greenway. Then again maybe he’s trying to make up for the short comings of the others? Don’t even get me started on the secondary, it’s pathetic!

    There’s always the coaching matchup, of course, but that’s really no matchup at all either. Leslie Frazier couldn’t out coach Wayne Fontes, let alone Shanahan at this point. He’s often confused, like Ponder, and slow to react. Zigging when he should be sagging. Conservative when he should be bold and vice versa.
    It’s always tough on the road, but the Redskins should come into Minnesota and handle their business with relative ease. Then again every time a team looks like a lock to me it is well a reverse barometer…The difference lies between the QBs and as long as RGIII is in there vs. Christian Ponder I’ll go with the better athlete and overall QB…That’s RGIII hands down! Enjoy the game!

    • http://riggosrag.com Maurice Barksdale

      I agree Daniel, the Redskins are trending up and the Vikings are trending down. However, the Redskins need to go out and take care of business. It’s a game they should win. But nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. Great take! Thanks for the comment.

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