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10 Vikings-Redskins Numbers of Note: Improved Run Game Rolling into Washington

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings (6-2) will return to action Sunday by visiting the Washington Redskins (4-4).

Minnesota had its bye last week after logging a 33-16 victory over Cleveland in London in Week 8.

Washington rallied for a dramatic 17-14 comeback victory at Seattle on Sunday.

Here's a look at 10 numbers of note:

16 — combined points allowed by Washington in all eight of its first quarters this season; The Redskins have allowed 57 in second quarters, 53 in third quarters and 68 in fourth quarters. Minnesota has scored 16 total points in all eight of its first quarters. The Vikings have scored 69 in second quarters, 56 in third quarters and 38 in fourth quarters. 

3 —interceptions this season by Minnesota's Harrison Smith and Washington's Kendall Fuller; The Vikings have intercepted opponents seven times, and the Redskins have recorded eight picks. Hall of Famer Paul Krause set the NFL record for career interceptions with 81. He made 28 in four seasons with Washington before arriving in Minnesota, where he recorded a franchise-best 53 in his 12 final seasons. * *

24 —sacks recorded by Vikings defenders, led by Everson Griffen's 10, which ranks third in the NFL; Griffen is the only player to record at least one sack in every game he's played this season. Washington has taken 22 sacks this season.

28 — third-down conversions allowed by the Vikings defense out of 101 plays; The allowance rate of 27.7 percent is second in the NFL. Washington has converted 38 of 102 third downs (37.3 percent, 22nd in the NFL).

35 — receptions by Washington running back Chris Thompson, which leads the team; Thompson also leads the Redskins with 453 receiving yards and 251 rushing yards; He has five total touchdowns.

47.4 — increase in rushing yards per game by the Vikings, compared to what the team did through eight games of the 2016 season; Minnesota is averaging 120 rushing yards per game, up from an average of 72.6 through the first eight games of 2016. The Vikings are ninth in the NFL in rushing yards per game. The Redskins defense ranks 16th in rushing yards allowed per game (110.5).

75 —points scored by Kai Forbath this season, which is tied for fourth; Forbath has made 21 of 22 field goals and added 12 extra points; Forbath began his NFL career with Washington in 2012.

81.2 —passer rating for Washington's Kirk Cousins on third downs, which is 20.8 points lower than the 102.0 Cousins has posted on all downs combined; Cousins ranks seventh in passer rating on all downs, but falls to 18th on third downs.

424 — yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) for Jerick McKinnon since Week 5; That total ranks ninth in the NFL, and he is the only player in the league with 20 plus receptions, 400 or more scrimmage yards and four total touchdowns in that span.

627 — receiving yards for Adam Thielen, which ranks sixth in the NFL; Thielen's 48 receptions are tied for 11th, and he's the only player in the NFL to have at least five receptions in every game this season. 

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