Redskins defense vs. Vikings offense
At the beginning of the season, the Vikings appeared to have a very strong offense. The team was clicking on all cylinders in the opener against the Saints, and Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs, and Dalvin Cook looked like a formidable trio that would lead the team. Since then, a lot has changed.
Bradford has played just once since the opener due to a mysterious knee injury. Cook tore his ACL and is out for the year. And Diggs has missed time as well and hasn’t been nearly as effective. Still, the team has some upside due to the way Case Keenum has been playing at quarterback.
Keenum, who was signed over from the Los Angeles Rams in free agency, has been able to do enough to keep the Vikings offense afloat. He has been efficient and could test the Washington secondary.
Thankfully, the Redskins don’t have a tough matchup against either receiver. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland should be able to contain Diggs and Adam Thielen. The team doesn’t have many other threats at the receiver position, so it seems likely that the Redskins will limit them.
If there’s one pass catcher for the Redskins to be afraid of, it’s Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings tight end has performed well this year and the Redskins have struggled against tight ends. That doesn’t bode well for the team as they look to slow down the Minnesota offense.
In terms of the running game, the Redskins shouldn’t have much of a problem limiting Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. The latter poses a bigger threat due to his versatility, but the Washington front seven has been a major strength in recent weeks. One notable thing about the running back corps is that the Vikings added former Washington back Mack Brown to their roster during their bye week. Brown may not see much work, but he could give the Vikings a lot of information about the operations of the Redskins offense.
This seems like an area that the Redskins should be able to win. If they can pressure Keenum like they pressured Russell Wilson last week, the Vikings may have trouble putting up points against their NFC East foe.