Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has had Thursday's date circled on his calendar for a long time.
Cousins will face the Redskins for the first time on Thursday since leaving the franchise that drafted him. In 2018, the Redskins allowed him to walk in free agency after two straight seasons playing under the franchise tag.
It's no secret that Washington has struggled to find stability at the quarterback position since Cousins left town. Since his departure, the Redskins have started five different signal-callers (played six) in 23 games, and have a cumulative record of 8-15.
While the Cousins storyline will grab many headlines, Redskins quarterback Case Keenum may feel that he has something to prove, too. Keenum led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2017, but Minnesota signed Cousins the following offseason, allowing Keenum to walk. He signed with the Broncos, and was traded to Washington earlier this year after one season with Denver.
Thursday marks Keenum's return to Minnesota. The last pass he threw in U.S. Bank Stadium miraculously landed in the arms of Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, connecting on a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game.
Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has also been looking forward to Thursday's clash. It's not his first time back in Minnesota, as he returned in 2017 when playing with the Saints, but he's eager to play against the franchise he spent a decade with and became one of the best running backs in NFL history.
The all-time series is tied 13-13, but the Vikings have won three of the last four contests between the two. Here's everything you need to know.
REDSKINS at VIKINGS WEEK 8
Who: Washington Redskins (1-6) vs. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
What: Game 8 of the 2019 NFL regular season
When: Thursday, October 24, 8:20 p.m.
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV Channel: FOX, NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL.com/watch and pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Spread: Vikings, -16
Weather: 42 degrees, partly cloud (U.S. Bank Stadium is indoors)
REDSKINS at VIKINGS TV SCHEDULE:
6:00 p.m.: Redskins 100
6:30 p.m.: Redskins Nation
7:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live
11:30 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)
REDSKINS 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE:
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)
Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 32-27)
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, (L, 9-0)
Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.
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