Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings meet on Sunday in Washington in a battle of up and coming NFL teams.
The Washington Redskins were hoping to be a contender this season but those hopes seem to be fading as the injuries are mounting. Robert Griffin III suffered a hard blow last week trying to extend a play and was knocked out of the game and didn’t return making his status questionable and if he can’t go it will be the other rookie QB on the roster Kirk Cousins who came in and threw a touchdown pass and two interceptions. Alfred Morris has emerged as the top option in the backfield averaging 4.9 yards per carry with four touchdowns and Evan Royster has eight catches coming out of the backfield. Fred Davis leads the Redskins receivers with 20 receptions, Leonard Hankerson has 14 catches and a touchdown, Josh Morgan has 13 catches, and Santana Moss has 12 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively the Redskins allow 29.4 points per game, 87.8 rushing yards, and 328.6 yards passing with six interceptions and eight sacks. London Fletcher has 43 tackles, DeAngelo Hall has 37 tackles, and Perry Riley has 35 tackles. Obviously the Redskins offense centers around Griffin so his heath will be a big piece of what this week’s game plan will be.
The Minnesota Vikings are one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season as Leslie Frazier has his team in sync and tied for first place in the NFC North. Christian Ponder is playing well within himself completing 69 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions while being sacked nine times. Adrian Peterson is averaging 4.4 yards per carry with two touchdowns and he has caught 13 passes out of the backfield while Toby Gerhart is averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Percy Harvin has 38 catches to lead the Vikings, Kyle Rudolph has 19 catches and four touchdowns, and Michael Jenkins has 13 catches. Defensively the Vikings allow 15.8 points per game, 78.6 rushing yards, and 225.6 passing yards with two interceptions and 14 sacks. Chad Greenway has 53 tackles and two sacks, Antoine Winfield has 34 tackles, and Jared Allen has three sacks. The Vikings still have plenty of football left to play but they are already exceeding what they did a year ago.
Washington is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 5-2 against the spread following a loss. Minnesota is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 4-10 against the spread following a win, and 9-19-1 against the spread following a win by 14 or more points. The underdog has covered in four of the last five meetings of these two.