Three bold predictions for Redskins vs. Vikings in NFL Week 8
2. Stefon Diggs and Terry McLaurin finish with the exact same number of receiving yards
It could be 17, it could be 184. But in this game, I expect that Diggs and McLaurin’s production will be roughly equal.
Neither the Redskins nor the Vikings have an abundance of receiving weapons. Normally, the Vikings have two strong options at the receiver position. But with Adam Thielen out against the Redskins, Diggs will headline a group of players led by Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr., and Olabisi Johnson as Cousins tries to find a new player to target.
That said, Diggs will still see a majority of targets for the Vikings. He has come on of late and has put up some big numbers in the past two games. Quinton Dunbar will have to slow him down. But if he can’t, expect him to have a big day.
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Meanwhile, for the Redskins, McLaurin has been the only consistent receiving threat on the team this year. Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn have been mediocre at best while Chris Thompson has been good, but he is likely to miss time with turf toe. He figures to see a bulk of Keenum’s targets, so don’t be surprised to see him perform well, especially in a precipitation-free game.
The only obstacle for McLaurin is that he may face coverage from Xavier Rhodes. While Rhodes is having a down season, he’s still a solid corner, and he may be able to contain McLaurin. For that reason, McLaurin does have some downside similar to that of Diggs.
No matter what happens in this game, Diggs and McLaurin should see a lot of targets. They should roughly mimic each other’s production, so expect similar — if not identical — yardage totals on Thursday night.