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Week 10 Redskins vs. Vikings Preview: A tough chance, but a real opportunity for Washington

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Week 10 Redskins vs. Vikings Preview: A tough chance, but a real opportunity for Washington

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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2017 NFL Power Rankings: The NFC is much better than the AFC through 11 weeks

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: The NFC is much better than the AFC through 11 weeks

Through 11 weeks, the NFL's playoff picture is far from clear. But one thing is: The NFC is the superior conference. 

And that's not just because Nathan Peterman plays in the AFC.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON'S NEW POWER RANKINGS CAN BE FOUND RIGHT HERE

In this week's rankings, seven teams in the top 10 come from the NFC. The middle and back-end of the rankings even out, but at the top, one side of the league is stronger than the other.

The bottom line is that a few deserving squads in the NFC will miss out on the postseason. Meanwhile, in the opposite conference, a couple of mediocre ones will be playing in January.

To see who lands where overall in the post-Week 11 breakdown, click the link above or below. You know who No. 32 is, but there was plenty of movement in the other 31 spots.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON'S NEW POWER RANKINGS CAN BE FOUND RIGHT HERE

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Week 12 Redskins vs. Giants Thanksgiving Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Week 12 Redskins vs. Giants Thanksgiving Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Redskins enter Week 12 against the Giants on Thanksgiving looking for a lot of thanks. 

The Redskins were up by 15 points with less than 5 minutes to go against the Saints in Week 11. Despite being major underdogs, they thought they had the win in hand.

Then, as D.C. fans have witnessed all too often, everything fell apart.

Even after their terrific Week 9 win in Seattle, the Redskins still probably needed to split the next two against the Vikings and Saints.

It seemed like they had done exactly that, right up until Drew Brees reminded everyone why he's one of the greatest passers in NFL history.

The loss was doubly painful, as everybody's favorite breakout star Chris Thompson suffered a fractured fibula and will undergo season-ending surgery. Thompson has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season, and his loss will be felt by a team clinging to its playoff hopes.

Despite seeing yet another key cog go down with an injury this season, the team will look to bounce back against one of their NFC East rivals. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but are coming off a 12-9 win over a quality Chiefs squad, so the Redskins will have to show up ready to play.

On a short week against a division rival, anything can happen. Every game matters, but this is as much of a must-win for the Redskins as it gets. It's Thanksgiving night, and the Redskins will have the stage all to themselves. 

Before the Week 12 Redskins-Giants matchup, here's a preview of everything you need to know, including game time, TV channel and live-stream info.

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WEEK 12 Redskins vs. Giants

Who: New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD

What: Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season

When: Thursday, November 23, 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC

Live Stream: Fubo.TV: Online with no cableTV: fuboTV (Try for free)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Betting Odds: According to OddsShark.com, the Washington Redskins are 7.5-point favorites against the New York Giants.

Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)

Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK

Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)

Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)

Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)

Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)

Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m. 

Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. 

Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m. 

Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.

Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. 

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