Line – Minnesota Vikings (-1.5)
With many angles and players to follow in this game, let’s take a look at the major storylines:
Will Robert Griffin III Play?
Griffin’s status is unquestionably the biggest story heading into this game. The rookie did practice on Thursday without any setbacks according to coach Mike Shanahan, but he’s still not officially cleaed to play Sunday.
Given the fact that Griffin wants to play, and the Shanahans are expecting him to play, fans should anticipate RG3 starting in this one .
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan did confirm that RG3 will be either all in or all out, “If I went into a game thinking I had to call it a different way because he might get hurt, then he doesn’t need to be playing.”
Obviously Griffin’s concussion is a factor in how the Vikings are preparing for this contest, but I’m sure they’re assuming No. 10 will be out there. If he’s not, it’s a clear advantage for Minnesota.
Adrian Peterson Returns to the Scene of his Knee Injury
While I’m certainly not a superstitious person, I do believe in physiological hurdles that athletes must overcome. Only ten months ago Peterson was carted off the field at FedEx Stadium after suffering a devastating left knee injury, so you have to wonder if this will be on his mind come Sunday.
“A little bit,” Peterson said. “It pops in your mind, but outside of that (I’m) just focusing on executing the offense, and as a whole, all three phases (of the game) and come out with a win.”
In addition to any lingering concerns about his knee, AP is also dealing with a sprained left ankle that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. Peterson says he’s played with worse and doesn’t anticipate it being a problem against the Redskins.
I think Peterson gets his normal amount of carries and yards in this one.
The Redskins come into this game with a fairly high level of urgency. It’s certainly not a must-win situation, but going 2-4 in this year’s NFC will not bode well for Washington.
Minnesota on the other hand is looking to stay in first place in the North division, while proving they can go on the road and get a tough win.
I think it’s noteworthy that the Vikings haven’t played a true outdoor game this season. All of their home and road games have been inside, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to any adverse conditions.
Regardless of the weather, Minnesota will rely on their running game and solid defense to win this one.
Washington needs their number one playmaker on the field Sunday, RG3. It’s obvious at this point that they’re a team that will go as far as the rookie quarterback takes them, so fans have to hope he’s at 100%.
Keep on eye on fellow Redskins’ rookie Alfred Morris as he tries for his third straight 100-yard game, as well as Vikings’ receiver Percy Harvin who is starting to get mentioned in the MVP conversation.
I’m expecting a game that could go either way, and a score in the teens or low twenties.