The Minnesota Vikings dropped to 1-7 on the season with a 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, but they don’t have long to dwell on the last-minute loss as the Washington Redskins will come to Mall of America Field on Thursday night. The Redskins are 3-5 this season after an overtime win over the San Diego Chargers last Sunday.
Here are some notable numbers to help paint a picture ahead of Minnesota’s third nationally televised game in their last four.
352- Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder threw for 352 yards (with two touchdowns and two interceptions) against the Redskins in Week 6 last season, which was the second 300-yard game of his career and he has not thrown for more than 251 yards in a game since.
291.1- The Vikings are 29th in the league against the pass this season, allowing 291.1 yards per game. Their secondary continues to be hampered by injuries, but cornerbacks Chris Cook (groin) and Xavier Rhodes (shoulder/knee) appear to have a chance to play Thursday night.
282.1- Washington is 28th in the league against the pass (282.1 yards per game), which is not necessarily surprising considering some of the quarterbacks they have faced (Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, Matt Stafford).
35 and 52. Ponder set career-highs in both completions (35) and attempts (52) in the aforementioned game against Washington.
19- Tight end John Carlson has 19 receptions in 22 games for the Vikings, and he will now go to the top of the depth chart with Kyle Rudolph (broken left foot) expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
18- Minnesota has allowed 18 passing touchdowns this season, good for second-most in the league.
17- The Redskins have allowed 17 passing touchdowns so far this season, tied for third-most in the league.
3- Rudolph leads the Vikings with three touchdown catches this season and he also has 30 receptions (second on the team), so Ponder will be without perhaps his most important pass target.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.