Oct 14, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) passes the ball under pressure from Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins at Vikings: odds, predictions, and preview


 

Thursday night will be a match up between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles throughout the season, and this game could be a way to bounce back.

The Redskins are coming off of an exciting win over the San Diego Chargers in overtime, while the Vikings suffered their fourth straight loss as the Dallas Cowboys scored in the closing minutes of the game to take the lead and the eventual victory this past Sunday.

On the season, Robert Griffin III has completed 181 of 300 passes, for 2,169 yards and nine touchdowns. He will definitely be looking to score a few more times on Thursday, as the Vikings defense has not been that strong all season. RB Alfred Morris has rushed 133 times totaling 686 yards along with five touchdowns. Pierre Garcon is the team’s leading receiver, with 54 receptions for 684 yards and two scores.

For Minnesota, Christian Ponder will be taking snaps under center as the starting quarterback for the third straight week. Overall this season, he has completed 98 of 158 passes for 1,072 and three touchdowns. Adrian Peterson has 153 carries for 711 yards and seven touchdowns. Jerome Simpson is the team’s leading receiver with just 29 catches for 446 yards. You know the season isn’t going so well when your top receiver has less than 450 yards through nine games.

DATE: Thursday, November 7

TIME: 8:25 EST

LOCATION: Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN

LINE: WASHINGTON -3

Prediction: Washington 31, Minnesota 24

I see it being a relatively high score, as both defenses have their weaknesses. Each offense has its own strengths which also counter those weaknesses in the defenses. I don’t think this game will be as dull as the Monday night game between the Giants and Vikings a few weeks ago, but it won’t be the most interesting week 10 game. I believe the Vikings will keep it close as they always do, but then lose the game with a late Washington touchdown.

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