Kickoff Time: 7:25 PM CST
TV Channel: NFL Network (My 29 in the Twin Cities)
Radio: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTCN-AM 1130
Live Stream: https://gamerewind.nfl.com/
The Minnesota Vikings (1-7) will host the Washington Redskins (3-5) on Thursday Night Football. The Vikings and Redskins meet for the 4th consecutive season, the longest streak in series history. Minnesota had won 3 in row until their 2012 meeting. Leslie Frazier earned his 1st win as a Head Coach against the Redskins in 2010 after taking over on an interim basis for the final 6 games of the regular season. Frazier, as a head coach, is 2-1 versus Washington.
To make that a 3-1 record the Vikings are going to have to find weakness’ within the Redskins team and successfully exploit them. An issue that is reoccurring for them is their special teams unit. The Vikings have one of the most dangerous kickoff returners and they will have try and stop him.
Cordarelle Patterson is having a heck of a season returning kicks, he averages 36.7 yards per return. He’s also returned two kicks for touchdowns, including a 109-yard NFL record-tying run to the end zone against the Green Bay Packers.
The other issue the Washington will have is where they’ll have to account for Marcus Sherels. He returned an 86 yard punt return for a touchdown against the New York Giants.
The Vikings may be 1-7 and have several weaknesses, but they’ve demonstrated that they’re pretty good at returning kicks and punts. If the Redskins’ special teams continue their awful play as late, Patterson and Sherels are more than capable of making them pay dearly.
Stopping Adrian Peterson, one of the game’s best running backs, won’t be an easy task for the Redskins’ defense either.
Peterson is coming off a season-high 140-yard performance against the Cowboys in Week 9, and it is looking like he is headed in the right direction after a slow start in 2013.
Unlike the rest of the NFL, the Redskins have experienced success against Peterson in the past. In four career meetings against Peterson, the Redskins have held him back to a measly average of only 4.1 yards per carry.
However, just because the Redskins have been successful in the past limiting AP doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again in Week 10. We all know if Peterson is given an inch he’s going to run a mile, so the Redskins’ run defense must play at its best if they’re going to continue the success they’ve had in recent years of containing him.
While many fans see all signs pointing to a Redskins victory, they’ll need to on top of their game to avoid an upset at the hands of the Vikings.