Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday in a battle of two non-playoff teams. The Redskins are -6 point favorites over the Vikings with an over/under point total set at 43.5.
The Washington Redskins won last week against the Giants but it’s no consolation to their fans who expected more from this team when Mike Shanahan was hired as Head Coach. Washington has been hit by injuries but more than that they have inconsistent play at QB which just makes it tough to win. Rex Grossman has all of the physical tools but over the years he never looks stable and while we see flashes of greatness like last week in the Meadowlands, more often than not we see “Bad Rex”. Roy Helu is now the featured back and he looks like he may be a long term answer averaging 4.3 yards per carry and catching 47 passes. Fred Davis has 59 catches, Jabar Gaffney has 58, and Santana Moss has 39. Defensively Washington allows 332.7 yards per game and 21.4 points as the defense is clearly the stronger unit this year. London Fletcher has 146 tackles, DeAngelo Hall has 85, and Ryan Kerrigan looks like a future star with 7.5 sacks. Washington has the ability to play with anyone on any given day but more often than not they don’t and it will be interesting to see what direction this team goes to in the future.
The Minnesota Vikings knew they were in for a rebuilding year but a year where they land a top five draft pick wasn’t necessarily the expectation. The Vikings blew leads early in the year and were blown off the field in other games as they may be one of the better 2-12 teams in NFL history. Christian Ponder has looked solid but even as good as he has looked Minnesota will need to make a big decision with big name QB’s will be on the board when they pick. Ponder has completed 54.5 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and appears to have all of the tools. Adrian Peterson has been banged up but he’s still averaging 4.8 yards per carry and former first rounder Toby Gerhart is averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Percy Harvin can do it all as he has 72 catches and five scores while Michael Jenkins has 38 catches and Visanthe Shiancoe has 36. Defensively Minnesota allows 366.1 yards per game and 29 points, among the worst in the NFL. Chad Greenway has an impressive 128 tackles, E.J. Henderson has 87, and Jared Allen is one of the NFL’s best overall players with 17.5 sacks. The Vikings seem to have most of the pieces but it’s a matter of filling a few holes and putting the pieces together.
Washington is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games as a favorite, and 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games as a home favorite. Minnesota is 5-12-2 against the spread in their last 17 games as an underdog, 1-3-1 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last 16 games overall.
The Redskins are favored here by nearly a touchdown and while they are probably the better team, they have a losing record for a reason, actually several reasons, which are they aren’t that good and they aren’t consistent at much. The Washington team we saw last week has been a rarity and I’m not sure when we see them again but I wouldn’t bet it would be this soon. This is probably a field goal game either way.
Minnesota Vikings +6 Washington Redskins