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Early Look: Vikings at Redskins

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings are rested up from some time off and ready to begin the second half of their 2017 season.

Minnesota sits at 6-2 and has won four straight games to find itself in first place in the NFC North.

The Vikings will face a familiar foe in a familiar setting, as their road matchup in Washington occurs almost a year to the day of last year's meeting.

Washington is 4-4 after rallying for a 17-14 win in Seattle on Sunday afternoon. Washington is in third place in the NFC East.

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

Passing: Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has started six games and played in seven total contests this season after signing with the Vikings as a free agent this offseason.

Keenum has completed 149 of 233 passes (63.9 percent) for 1,610 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He has a passer rating of 88.8.

Sam Bradford continues to rehab from a knee injury while Teddy Bridgewater's roster status will be determined this week.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins led his team on a late, game-winning drive Sunday. He completed 21 of 31 passes for 247 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 91.7.

Cousins ranks seventh in the NFL with 2,147 yards and has thrown for 13 touchdowns with four picks.

Rushing: The Vikings rank ninth in the NFL with 120.0 rushing yards per game, an improvement from 2016 when Minnesota ranked last in the league with just 75.3 rushing yards per game.

Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray have shouldered the load in the absence of Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook.

McKinnon has 287 rushing yards on the season and has three rushing touchdowns, a career high. Murray has 249 yards on the season. His best game was an 18-carry, 113-yard performance in Week 7.

Washington ran for 51 yards on 23 carries Sunday. Chris Thompson had 20 yards on four carries. Robert Kelley had 18 yards on 14 attempts and scored both Redskins touchdowns from 1 yard out.

Thompson has a team high 251 rushing yards, while Kelley leads Washington with three rushing scores. Washington ranks 22nd in the league with 98.6 yards per game.

Receiving: Adam Thielen has been one of the NFL's top wide receivers in 2017. He ranks second with 627 yards and is fourth with 48 receptions. He has at least five receptions in all eight games this season and is the only player in the NFL to do so.

Stefon Diggs leads the Vikings with four touchdown receptions. Diggs, who has missed a pair of games, has 27 catches for 422 yards.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph has 32 catches for 271 yards and three scores, and Laquon Treadwell has 12 receptions for 142 yards.

McKinnon has been a receiving threat out of the backfield. He is third on the team with 28 receptions. He has 203 yards and a score.

Tight end Vernon Davis led Washington with six receptions for 72 yards on Sunday. Wide receiver Josh Doctson had three catches for 59 yards, and Brian Quick had three receptions for 49 yards.

Thompson is a threat out of the backfield who leads the team in catches (35) and yards (453). He is tied with Doctson for the most touchdown catches with three. Davis has 384 receiving yards.

Defense: Minnesota's defense ranks fourth overall in yards allowed per game (282.1) and is third in points allowed per game (16.9).

The Vikings have only allowed one opponent (Pittsburgh in Week 2) to score more than 20 points in a game.

Defensive end Everson Griffen has at least one sack in all eight games this season and is tied for second in the NFL with 10 sacks. Griffen on Oct. 29 tied Jim Marshall and Jared Allen's franchise record of posting at least one sack in eight consecutive games. Vikings safety Harrison Smith has a team-high three interceptions and 1.5 sacks and has made back-to-back Pro Bowls.

Washington's defense allowed a season-low 244 yards of offense Sunday in Seattle while surrendering just 14 points. The unit had a pair of interceptions and a pair of sacks.

Defensive end Ryan Kerrigan leads the team with 6.0 sacks. Cornerback Kendall Fuller has three interceptions. Washington's defense ranks 18th overall in yards allowed per game (336.9) and is 24th in points allowed per game (24.3).

Special Teams: Kai Forbath has been one of the NFL's best kickers halfway through the season. He has made 21 of 22 field goals this season. The Vikings kicker has also made all four of his attempts of 50-plus yards.

Punter Ryan Quigley is averaging 41.1 yards per punt and has landed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line. Marcus Sherels is averaging 10.8 yards per punt return on 16 attempts. McKinnon leads the Vikings with a 26.0 average on kickoff returns but has shed that duty as his role in the offense has grown.

Washington kicker Nick Rose made his lone attempt Sunday and has been successful on four of five tries since joining the team in Week 6.

Punter Tress Way averages 44.2 yards per punt.

Over The Years 

The Vikings are 12-13 all-time against Washington. The teams have split 20 regular-season matchups at 10 games apiece, but the Vikings are 2-3 against Washington in the postseason.

Minnesota has had the upper hand of late, winning seven of the past 11 meetings, including two of the last three.

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

Last Meeting: Redskins 26, Vikings 20, Nov. 13, 2016, in Landover, Maryland

The Vikings trailed by double digits, rallied for a halftime lead and then couldn't score in the second half as Washington pulled out a close win.

Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes before the Vikings got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run. Bradford threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final minute of the first half, but a missed extra point resulted in a 20-14 halftime lead for Minnesota.

The Vikings defense kept Washington out of the end zone in the second half, but four field goals allowed Washington to take the lead.

Minnesota put together a late drive, but Bradford was sacked on two of the final three plays of the game as the Vikings rally fell short.

Bradford threw for 307 yards, and Diggs had 13 catches for 164 yards. Thielen and Rudolph each had touchdown catches.

Danielle Hunter had a sack for the Vikings, who fell to 5-4 on the season.

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