This has not been a very good year for the Washington Redskins in any way, shape, or form. They already canned their head coach, Jay Gruden, and picked up their first win of the year with Bill Callahan calling the shots. It did come against the even more hapless Miami Dolphins, but a win is a win. They have struggled with QB decisions, opting not to use rookie Dwayne Haskins beyond taking over in a blowout loss several weeks ago. We’ll see what they show us Thursday night when they take on the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota, on the other hand, is off to a great start following a poor season a year ago. They defeated the Saints in one of the most exciting finishes in franchise history, a buzzer-beating touchdown scored by Stefon Diggs on the game’s final play two years ago. They would lose to Philly in the NFC Championship Game and see Case Keenum sign with Denver as they pushed their stacks of cash in the direction of Kirk Cousins. They look to improve to 6-2 here.
The Vikings will come into this game as a whopping 16.5-point favorite. The over/under is set at 42.
Redskins Trying To Find Consistency
Over the first four weeks of the season, this team’s scoring total dropped each week, going from 27 in Week 1 to just three in Week 4. They have been held in single digits three times, including being shutout in a sloppy game last weekend against the 49ers. They have not passed for over 166 yards since Week 3 against the Bears. Keenum has thrown nine touchdown passes and actually looked decent when he’s been out there, but nobody else is able to follow suit when that is the case. We’ll see if he can rebound from his 50-yard effort against the 49ers.
Adrian Peterson is averaging 3.7 ypc at age 34, while the backups have not been able to gain much on their attempts. We have seen good things from Terry McLaurin, but in all, the receiving corps has not impressed.
Vikings Look To Climb To 6-2
So far, so good for the boys in purple, as they have won five of seven games and have one of the best offenses in the game while also ranking sixth in points against. Their two losses came against the stifling defenses of the Packers and Bears, but that’s all. Kirk Cousins has 1,711 yards and 13 TDs through seven starts with just three picks to his name. Dalvin Cook has amassed 133 rushing attempts for 725 yards (5.5 ypc) and scored eight rushing touchdowns. And despite all of the controversy surrounding him, Stefon Diggs has had consecutive monster weeks and leads the team with 30 receptions for 562 yards (and four TDs, which ranks second).
Danielle Hunter already has seven sacks on the year, and it is safe to assume he’ll get to Keenum a couple of times in this one. He’s a beast.
Vikings Dominate In Primetime
Minnesota will claim victory to improve to 6-2 on the year.
Free Play: MIN -16.5
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