TV Schedule: Thursday, Nov. 7, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Stadium: Mall of America Field
Weather: High 42, Low 27
Line: Washington (-1)
Entering the season, the Washington Redskins were considered a favorite to win the Super Bowl. Making the playoffs a season ago and then falling because of a tough Robert Griffin III injury, it looks like the Redskins are back on track once again after a slow start to the season — being in the worst division in football will help. Griffin got off to a slow start in 2013 because of the knee adjustment, but has since picked up his play, passing for 2,169 yards and nine touchdowns while revving up his run game, too, with 257 yards on 49 carries. Pierre Garcon has emerged as the top receiver and is beginning to break out, racking up 684 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Alfred Morris leads the sixth-ranked rush attack in the NFL with 686 yards and five scores in his second season.
Looking for answers this season, the Minnesota Vikings are on the fast track to a forgettable season. Starting the year, people believed that this team that won 10 games a season ago could contend for a division title, but that has not worked out in their favor as they sit at 1-7 with half of the season to go. Everyone thought the signing of Josh Freeman a few weeks ago would help solve the quarterback issues, but he has played in one game and failed miserably. Christian Ponder has been named the starter once again this week, but he will need to improve on his 1,072 yards and just three touchdowns if he wants to remain the starter moving forward. Good thing for Ponder is that he had a guy like Adrian Peterson who lines up behind him, taking pressure off of the quarterback. Peterson has 711 yards and seven touchdowns on the season thus far.
Defensively, the Redskins began the season as one of the worst teams in the league, on pace to finish as the worst defensive unit of all time. However, they have moved up two spots in the league in total yards allowed per game, 30th, and also rank 31st in points allowed per game. Minnesota has struggled in stopping the pass this year, ranking 29th in pass yards allowed which leads to its 29th overall ranking in total yards allowed. The run defense ranks 11th in the league, however.
PREDICTION: Redskins 31, Vikings 27