The Redskins changed their season with an impressive win last week in Seattle, but to make it matter, Jay Gruden's team would be well-served to make it two victories in a row. Minnesota presents a stiff challenge.
The Vikings come in for a Week 10 showdown winners of four straight with a 6-2 overall record.
That's two games better than the Redskins at 4-4, but there are cracks in Minnesota's armor.
The game starts at 1 p.m., and all the coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington at noon.
Here are three storylines to watch:
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1. You Gotta Score:
Yes, the Vikings have a 6-2 record and won four straight games.
But, Mike Zimmer's team has scored only 17 touchdowns on the year. The Redskins have 20 on the season. Case Keenum, the Vikes backup QB pressed into service when Sam Bradford went down, has played well in six starts.
He's completing about 64 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns to three interceptions. That said, the Vikings don't do anything particularly well offensively.
They rank outside of the Top 10 in points and yards-per-game.
2. Check The Weight:
Based on Pro Football Reference statistics, the Redskins have played the toughest schedule in the NFL. By a wide margin.
The Vikings, on the other hand, have played the 12th-toughest schedule in the NFC. On their current four-game win streak, Minnesota has beaten the Browns, Ravens, Packers (when Aaron Rodgers got hurt) and the Bears.
Wins are wins in the NFL, but Washington has only played one bad team this season in San Francisco.
3. Enough Is Enough:
It's time to discuss what Minnesota is very good at: Playing defense. The Vikings defense ranks 3rd in the NFL in points allowed and 4th in the NFL in yards allowed.
Everson Griffen already has 10 sacks this season, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes ranks as one of the best in the NFL.
Kirk Cousins will be challenged both when he drops back to pass and when he throws the ball. It should help that it looks like the Redskins offensive line looks to be getting healthier.
Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao practiced this week, and Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams even returned to practice on Friday.
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News & Notes:
- Rob Kelley has scored at least one TD in two straight games. He has never scored in three straight games.
- Ryan Kerrigan is expected to start his 105th consecutive regular season game, the longest active streak among active NFL players.
- The Redskins have won 10 and lost 10 games all-time against the Vikings.
- Zach Brown is first in the NFL and the NFC in tackles (86).
- Kendall Fuller is tied for first in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in interceptions (3).
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