The Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings are set to square off on Thursday Night Football. This matchup features two teams headed in different directions. The Vikings are headed towards earning a top-five pick in next year’s draft, while the Redskins are on their way back to the playoff race in 2013. As you might remember, both of these teams made the playoffs a season ago, but I can guarantee that won’t be the case this year.
You might also remember that these two squads threw down in Washington a season ago. In that game, Robert Griffin III absolutely took over. The Redskins ended up with a 38-26 victory, but it was Griffin’s 76-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that iced the game. In total, RG3 accounted for three touchdowns and was simply the best player on the field.
Things have no doubt changed over a year later. Griffin is still trying to regain his prior form following an ACL tear in the playoffs, while the Vikings look like a team that just won’t be able to get it together in 2013. RG3 and the Redskins are rising, while the Vikings are falling at a rapid pace.
Make no mistake about it, this is a game the Redskins must win. They’re technically in better position than they were in 2012 at 3-5, but the odds of making the playoffs two years in a row after starting 3-6, are not good. If Washington can get to 4-5, they’ll not only be alive and well for a Wild Card spot, they’ll be alive and well for a chance at the NFC East title.
There are obviously a ton of working parts to a football team, but if RG3 can be the best player on the field once again against the Vikings on TNF, there’s no way the Redskins lose this game.