Game 9: Vikings @ Redskins

When: Sunday, November 13
Where: Fed Ex Field
Weather: Sunny & 60 Degrees
Radio: SportsTalk 980
TV: FOX5 Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Kristina Pink (Field reporter)
Line: Redskins -3 (Over/Under 42.5 points)

The Redskins and Vikings meet for the 20th time, Sunday afternoon at Fed Ex Field. Minnesota leads the series 10-9, including four of the last five meetings. Vikings Head Coach is 1-0 vs the Redskins, while Washington’s Jay Gruden is 0-1.

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The Redskins host Minnesota at 1 PM, shown in markets in yellow on the 506sports map. Four other regional games on the early FOX slate. In the late game at 4 PM, it’s Dallas at Pittsburgh nationally, except in San Francisco and Phoenix, getting the 49ers and Cardinals NFC West match-up. The CBS game in DC metro is Miami at San Diego at 4 PM, with most of the nation watching Denver at New Orleans at 1 PM.

Prime Time

Thursday Night: Cleveland @ Baltimore (NFLN)
Sunday Night: Seattle @ New England (NBC)
Monday Night: Cincinnati @ NY Giants (ESPN)

GAME 9 OPPONENT

The Minnesota Vikings enter Week 10 with a 5-3 record and a first-place rank in the NFC North this season. The Vikings ended their 2015 campaign with an 11-5 record and an NFC North title. This is the Vikings’ third season under Head Coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota is coming off of a 22-16 overtime loss to Detroit in Week 9.

Quarterback Sam Bradford entered the NFL with the St. Louis Rams as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. He earned the starting role in Minnesota after being traded to the Vikings from the Eagles following an injury to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. In his first season with Minnesota, Bradford has completed 166-of-243 pass attempts (68.3 percent) for 1,715 yards and nine touchdowns.

Running back Jerick McKinnon leads the Vikings in rushing attempts (75), recording 225 rushing yards and one touchdown. Matt Asiata has posted a team-high 227 yards and two touchdowns on 71 carries.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is in his second season with the Vikings and leads the receiving corps with 48 receptions for 546 yards with two touchdowns this season. Tight end Kyle Rudolph has added 32 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns.

Safety Harrison Smith leads the Vikings in tackles. Smith has recorded 56 tackles (42 solo), followed by linebacker Eric Kendricks with 54 tackles (36 solo). Defensive end Everson Griffen leads the defense in sacks with six. Kicker Blair Walsh has made 12-of-16 field goal attempts on the season (75.0 percent) after converting 34-for-39 field goals (87.2 percent) last season. Punter Jeff Locke has averaged 43.2 yards per punt on 43 punts this season.

Punt returner Marcus Sherels has returned 14 punts for 192 yards with two touchdowns. Cordarelle Patterson has returned 12 kickoffs for 332 yards.

COACHES CORNER

GAME NOTES

VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD is averaging 271.8 yards & has 9 TDs with 2 INTs for 92.1 rating in 5 career meetings. In past 8, has 11 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.5 rating…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for 3 TDs in last meeting, 1 of 3 career 3-TD games…WR STEFON DIGGS had career-high 13 receptions (80 rec. yards) last week. WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had TD catch in 11/7/13 meeting. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD catch in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with rec. TD…DE BRIAN ROBISON has 6 sacks & 3 FFs in past 9. Had sack in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack. LB CHAD GREENWAY had INT in Week 9. LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for 4th in row on road with 9+ tackles. CB XAVIER RHODES aims for 7th in row on road with PD. Since 2014, S HARRISON SMITH leads NFL safeties with 5.5 sacks…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 458 yards & 2 TDs in Week 8. Has 15 career games with 300+ pass yards, tied for most in franchise history (HOFer SONNY JURGENSEN) …Rookie RB ROBERT KELLEY rushed for career-high 87 yards & 1st career TD in Week 8…WR JAMISON CROWDER had 9 receptions for 107 yards & TD in Week 8. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR DE SEAN JACKSON is averaging 7 receptions, 157.5 yards & TD per game in past 2 vs. Min. TE JORDAN REED had 9 receptions for 99 yards & TD in Week 8. Has 14 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for most among NFL TEs…DE CHRIS BAKER had sack & FF in Week 8. LB WILL COMPTON had 10 tackles & INT in Week 8. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of past 4 at home. LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 5.5 sacks in past 4. LB TRENT MURPHY had sack in last meeting. Has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 3 at home. CB JOSH NORMAN had 6 tackles & 3 PD in Week 8. Has 41 PD since 2014, 2nd most in NFL. Rookie S SU’A CRAVENS had 1st career sack in Week 8. S DONTE WHITNER has 19 tackles (6.3 per game), FF & INT in 3 career meetings.

INJURY REPORT

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