4. TE Kyle Rudolph vs. LB Will Compton and S DeAngelo Hall
One area that the Redskins have struggle in is defending tight ends. At times this year, the team has allowed massive gains to opposing tight ends. This was especially apparent in Week 2, when the Rams were able to make big plays thanks to their tight ends.
The Vikings have a very solid tight end in Kyle Rudolph. The seven year veteran doesn’t always get a lot of praise, but he is a very well rounded player who is both a solid blocker and a very good receiver. He has a favorable matchup against the Redskins on paper, but the team has undergone a minor change at linebacker at in the secondary to aid them in this area.
The two players that could help are Will Compton and DeAngelo Hall. Compton took over as the starter for Mason Foster recently. Foster dealt with a shoulder injury this year and was placed on Injured Reserve in order to fix the labrum tear. In place of Foster, Compton is a worse run defender, but his coverage skills were on display in the past two weeks. He is very good at helping to contain opposing tight ends, and that could continue with Kyle Rudolph.
Meanwhile, Hall was activated from the PUP list ahead of last week’s matchup with the Seahawks. In the game, Hall looked great and appeared to be fully covered from the ACL tear that he had suffered last season in Week 3. His coverage ability was very good, and he could help remedy the team’s issues in coverage. After all, he is a veteran of 14 years, and he has seen everything now.
Rudolph’s performance is going to be a key for the Vikings. They don’t have the receiving weapons to properly matchup with the Redskins secondary, and their ground game has been lackluster since Dalvin Cook went out. Unless Rudolph can get going, the Vikings may have a long day on offense. The Redskins are capable of making this happen.