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Early Look: Vikings at Redskins

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings dropped their third straight game Sunday, falling 22-16 in overtime to the Detroit Lions.

Minnesota, which is now 5-3, will alternate between playing at home and on the road for the remainder of the regular season.

The Vikings will look to get back on the winning track at noon (CT) Sunday at Washington against a conference foe.

The Redskins are coming off their bye week and are 4-3-1. Washington's last game was a 27-27 tie with Cincinnati in a game that was played in London.

Here's an early look at Sunday's matchup:


Vikings quarterback Kyle Rudolph used quick and efficient throws to have a strong game against Detroit, completing 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown. Bradford's completion percentage of 77.5 was the second-best mark of his career, just off of the 78.9 percentage he compiled in Week 17 last season with Philadelphia.

Sunday also marked the sixth time in seven Vikings starts in which Bradford did not throw an interception. He was sacked twice after getting sacked 11 total times in the previous two games.

Bradford has completed 166 of 243 passes (68.3 percent) for 1,715 yards with nine touchdowns and an interception. His quarterback rating of 99.0 ranks seventh in the NFL.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is coming off one of his best games of the season. Cousins completed 38 of 56 passes for 458 yards against the Bengals, all season-high stats. He threw for a pair of touchdowns and had an interception.

Cousins has completed 215 of 321 passes (67.0 percent) for 2,454 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Cousins is sixth in the NFL in passing yards and is eighth with 7.6 yards per attempt.

Cousins will be without left tackle Trent Williams, who is suspended for four games.


Minnesota used a three-headed rushing attack against the Lions, as Nick Easton, Jerick McKinnon and Ronnie Hillman each tallied at least seven carries.

Asiata had nine carries for 27 yards, and Hillman had seven for a team-high 30 yards. McKinnon, who played after missing the previous week with an ankle injury, had seven carries for eight yards. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a carry for 12 yards, and Nick Easton scored on a 1-yard run. 

McKinnon leads the Vikings with 75 carries for 225 yards and a touchdown. Asiata has a team-high 227 yards on 71 carries with two scores. Hillman has 12 carries for 39 yards.

Running back Rob Kelley led Washington with 21 carries for 87 yards a touchdown against Cincinnati. Chris Thompson added seven carries for 14 yards in the tie.

Matt Jones missed Washington's last game but leads the Redskins with 99 carries for 460 yards and three touchdowns. Thompson has 45 carries for 207 yards and a score, and Kelley has 38 carries for 190 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings rank 31st with 72.6 rushing yards per game. Washington is 14th at 111.5 yards per game.


Diggs had 13 receptions Sunday, tying him for the most in a game this season. The second-year wide receiver totaled 80 yards and had five of his receptions go for first downs.

The Vikings had 10 players catch a pass Sunday, including Bradford. Adam Thielen had four grabs for 68 yards, and Cordarrelle Patterson had six catches for 45 yards. Rookie Laquon Treadwell hauled in his first catch of his career, and Kyle Rudolph's only catch was a 1-yard touchdown. Bradford caught his own batted pass for a 5-yard gain.

Washington had three players record at least 90 receiving yards against the Bengals. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder had nine catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jordan Reed had nine catches for 99 yards and a score. Tight end Vernon Davis had five catches for 93 yards.

Reed leads Washington with 42 catches and has 415 yards and three scores. Crowder has a team-high 498 yards and four touchdowns on 40 catches. Pierre Garcon has 36 catches for 396 yards, and DeSean Jackson has 30 receptions for 416 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.


The Vikings limited the Lions for much of Sunday's game, but mistakes at inopportune times cost Minnesota a win. The Vikings allowed Detroit to go on a 17-play, 84-yard touchdown drive at the end of the first half that spanned almost 10 minutes.

Minnesota then held the Lions to 31 yards on 18 plays for the majority of the second half. But Detroit gained 35 yards on its final two plays to get in position to kick a game-tying, 58-yard field goal and send the game to overtime.  The Lions then marched down the field for a game-winning touchdown on an 11-play, 87-yard drive in which Detroit was a perfect 3-for-3 on third-down tries.

The Vikings rank second in points allowed per game (15.8) and are third in yards allowed per game (298.9).

Everson Griffen leads the Vikings with 6.0 sacks. Danielle Hunter and Brian Robison each have 3.0. Andrew Sendejo, Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes each have a pair of interceptions.

Washington allowed 415 total yards in the tie with the Bengals, including 152 yards on the ground.

Washington's defense allows 23.6 points per game, which is tied for 19th in the league. The Redskins give up 369.8 yards per game, which ranks 22nd in the NFL. Ryan Kerrigan leads the team with 7.0 sacks, and Trent Murphy has 6.0. They have five different players with one interception apiece. 

The Vikings rank second in the league with a plus-12 turnover differential. Washington is tied for 17th at minus-1.

Special teams

Vikings kicker Kevin McDermott had a tough day Sunday, missing an extra point and having a 46-yard field goal attempt blocked. Walsh is 12 of 16 on field goals this season and is 13 of 16 on extra point tries.

Punter Kevin McDermott averaged 36.5 yards per punt and also had a net average of the same amount. Locke pinned Detroit inside the 20-yard line on three of his four punts. 

Diggs had three punt returns for 29 yards while Patterson returned three kicks for 87 yards.

Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins made two of four field goal tries in Week 8, missing from 34 and 55 yards. Hopkins is 18 of 22 on field foals this season. Punter Tress Way averages 44.2 yards per punt.

Marcus Sherels has two punt returns for a score, and Crowder has one. Both teams have allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and Commanders.

Over the Years

The Vikings and Redskins have split their 24 all-time meetings. Minnesota has a 10-9 edge in the regular season but is 2-3 against Washington in the postseason.

Minnesota has had the upper hand of late, winning seven of the past 10 meetings, including two straight.

The teams' most recent playoff game was in 1993, when Washington earned a 24-7 win at the Metrodome.

Last Meeting: Vikings 29, Redskins 26, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis

The Vikings used a fourth-quarter surge to get to 4-5 in Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's first season in Minnesota.

Washington grabbed an early 10-0 lead before the Vikings made it 10-7 just before halftime as quarterback Stefon Diggs connected with tight end Chase Ford on a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Minnesota took the lead on Asiata's 1-yard scoring run early in the third quarter before Washington scored the next 10 points to take a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

Asiata scored from seven yards out, and Walsh's extra point put the Vikings up 21-10. But Washington ran for a score of their own (but failed on the ensuing 2-point conversion) to put Minnesota in a 26-21 hole.

But Asiata scored from a yard out on the ground and added the 2-point conversion with 3:27 left to give the Vikings the lead for good.

Asiata finished with 10 carries for 26 yards but scored three times on the ground. McKinnon added 54 yards on 14 carries, and Bridgewater had three rushes for 20 yards.

Bridgewater completed 26 of 42 passes for 268 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions for an 88.2 passer rating.

The Vikings sacked former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III five times and intercepted him once. Anthony Barr, Riley Reiff, Everson Griffen and Brian Robison each had a sack. Danielle Hunter and Tom Johnson split a sack of Griffin, who was picked off by Mackensie Alexander.

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