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.
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