For the second consecutive year, the Minnesota Vikings will take on the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Md., in Week 10 action.
The game will kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST and be televised on FOX.
The last time these two met, the Redskins prevailed 26-20. That game was controlled by a few key moments, like linebacker Preston Smith stealing a late interception and kicker Dustin Hopkins going 4-for-4 on field goals in the second half.
As much as Washington would like to replicate the performance of 2016, the team will look drastically different on Sunday due to the numerous injuries that have piled up midway through the season.
For starters, the Redskins won’t be able to rely on the leg of Hopkins to get them through a late-game grind. Kicker Nick Rose took the place of Hopkins in Week 7 and has performed admirably, but missed a crucial field goal against Dallas in Week 8.
Washington’s offensive line has been decimated by injuries, meanwhile, leading to plenty of uncertainty heading into the game against Minnesota.
The Redskins, however, are not the only team to be bitten by the injury bug. The quarterback carousel continues for the 6-2 Vikings. Quarterback Sam Bradford, who Minnesota brought in to hold down the fort while Teddy Bridgewater recovered from his own injury, looked capable of leading his team through the season.
However, Bradford went down after hurting his knee, resulting in third-string quarterback Case Keenum leading the charge. Much like the New England Patriots of 2016, the Vikings have been able to make do with whoever is under center. Through seven games, Keenum has thrown for 1,610 yards and seven touchdowns.
Keenum has been playing smart football, throwing only three interceptions. Minnesota has given up the ball eight times, which was tied for the 10th fewest in the NFL entering Week 9 play.
Bridgewater could make a possible return after a year-long recovery, which would affect the way the Redskins’ defense prepares for their next opponent.
At running back, the Vikings are dealing with a similar issue. Rookie Dalvin Cook looked like a bright star for the franchise after the departure of Adrian Peterson. In his debut against the New Orleans Saints, Cook gained 127 yards on the ground, and his yardage never dipped below 50 in the three games that followed.
Cook’s season was lost after he tore his ACL against the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Now, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon serve as the Vikings’ primary backs with a combined 536 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Vikings also recently claimed former Redskins running back Mack Brown off waivers.
Washington, who will be in recovery mode after the long trip out west to Seattle, will have to deal with a well-rested Minnesota team fresh off a bye week.
The Redskins lead the all-time series against the Vikings 13-12.