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Game Preview: Vikings vs. Redskins

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings (5-2) will host the Redskins (1-6) at 7:20 p.m. Thursday and sport #PrimetimePurple uniforms under the lights inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota has won three in a row after defeating Detroit 42-30 in the Motor City on Sunday and is aiming to improve to 4-0 in home games as the season's midpoint approaches.

Washington endured a 9-0 loss at home to undefeated San Francisco amidst sloppy conditions caused by rain.

This will be the 27th meeting between the franchises in a series that began in 1968. Minnesota holds an 11-10 edge in the regular season but is 2-3 in playoff games.

Minnesota's offense ranks sixth in yards per game (391.0) and third in yards per play (6.42), as well as third in rushing yards per game (160.0), 17th in passing yards per game (231.0) and sixth in points per game (27.4).

Washington's offense ranks 29th in yards per game (267.6) and 28th in yards per play (4.92), as well as 24th in rushing yards per game (84.7), 31st in passing yards per game (182.9) and 32nd in points per game (12.9).

The Vikings rank sixth in the NFL in points against (17.6), are tied for sixth in yards allowed per game (327.9), tied for seventh in rushing yards allowed per game (90.0) and 15th in passing yards allowed per game (237.9).

The Redskins are tied for 21st in the NFL in points against (25.1), 21st in yards allowed per game (370.4), 27th in rushing yards allowed per game (134.4) and 12th in passing yards allowed per game (236.0).


FOX (KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Play-by-Play: Joe Buck

Analyst: Troy Aikman

Sideline Reporters: Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink



Play-by-Play: Hannah Storm

Analyst: Andrea Kremer


KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 5:30 p.m. (CT)

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.


Westwood One Sports

Play-by-Play: Mike Tirico

Analyst: Tony Boselli


Sirius: WAS 81 or Streaming 831; 83 or Streaming 819

XM: WAS 225 or Streaming 831; 226 or Streaming 819


Get Your Primetime Purple Jersey

The Vikings will wear their Primetime Purple jersey, Thursday, Oct. 24 against the Redskins. Visit the Vikings Locker Room Team Store to buy your Primetime Purple jersey today!


Vikings Legend Steve Jordan will become the 25th member of the Vikings Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony. Jordan, who ranks third in franchise history with 498 career receptions, will be the first tight end to join the group.


The longest rush allowed by Minnesota this season is an 18-yard carry by Oakland RB Josh Jacobs, the shortest "long rush" allowed by any team in 2019.


Mike Zimmer is 7-3 against NFC East teams as head coach of the Vikings.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is leading the NFL with a passer rating of 114.3.

The Vikings offensive line has allowed one sack in the past two games and 12 on the season, which is tied for the fewest allowed in the NFL.

WR Stefon Diggs ranks eighth in the NFL with 562 yards and sixth in the league with an average of 18.7 yards per reception.

WR Adam Thielen is tied for first in the NFL with six receiving touchdowns.

RB Dalvin Cook ranks first in the NFL in rushing yards (725). He has already set a career best for yards in a season, and his 945 yards from scrimmage are the fourth-most in the first seven games of a Vikings season, trailing only Chuck Foreman (1,006 in 1976), Ted Brown (977 in 1981) and Adrian Peterson (970 in 2010).

Vikings running backs have combined for 1,322 yards from scrimmage (190.2 per game), the most of any group in 2019. Minnesota RBs totaled 1,841 yards from scrimmage in all of 2018.

TE Kyle Rudolph (400 career receptions) tied WR Ahmad Rashad for sixth place in franchise history on his 15-yard touchdown catch at Detroit.

Minnesota's defense is tied with San Francisco for fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (one each).

The Vikings have allowed 47 total points in second halves, which is third fewest in the NFL behind the Patriots (24) and 49ers (31).

DE Danielle Hunter is first in the NFL with nine tackles for loss. Hunter recorded his 47th career sack to set an NFL record before turning 25 (sacks became official in 1982). He will turn 25 on Oct. 29.


Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (2012-17) played for Washington, and Defensive Coordinator George Edwards (2002-03) and defensive backs coach Jerry Gray (2006-09) were on the Redskins coaching staff.

Redskins QB Case Keenum (2017) and RB Adrian Peterson (2007-16) played for the Vikings, and T Donald Penn (2006) spent part of his rookie season with the Vikings.

Washington Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky played linebacker for the Vikings from 1991-93.


Minnesota WR Stefon Diggs is from Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Washington C Chase Roullier is a native of Burnsville.


Minnesota Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf and Washington Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky worked in the same roles with the Colts in 2012.

Vikings running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu coached two seasons with Redskins Special Teams Coordinator Nate Kaczor in Jacksonville.

Gray (2011-15) and Kaczor (2012-15) worked together in Tennessee.

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


Vikings Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Advisor Gary Kubiak (2006-13), Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani (2006-13) overlapped with Keenum (2012-13) with the Texans.

Kubiak (2015-16), Dennison (2015), Pariani (2015-16) and P Britton Colquitt (2009-15) were with the Broncos when Vernon Davis (2015) played for the team. Vikings quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak (2016-18) coached in Denver when Keenum was on the squad (2018).

Vikings G Josh Kline and Redskins LB Jon Bostic teamed together in New England in 2015. Bostic also teamed with Vikings RB Ameer Abdullah and T Riley Reiff in Detroit. Redskins TE Jerome Cunningham overlapped with Abdullah in 2018.

Minnesota C Brett Jones (2015-17) and Washington S Landon Collins (2015-18) and Cunningham (2014-15) were teammates while with the Giants.

Vikings T Rashod Hill and Redskins CB Aaron Colvin with the Jaguars in 2006

Minnesota QB Sean Mannion and Keenum with the L.A. Rams from 2015-16

Vikings K Dan Bailey (2011-17) was with the Cowboys when Redskins interim Head Coach Bill Callahan was the offensive coordinator.


Vikings TE Irv Smith, Jr., and Redskins DL Jonathan Allen, LB Ryan Anderson, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton, TE Hale Hentges and DL Daron Payne at Alabama

Minnesota C Garrett Bradbury and Washington WR at N.C. State

Vikings G Pat Elflein and DT Jalyn Holmes at Ohio State with Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins, Jr., and WR Terry McLaurin

Minnesota CB Xavier Rhodes at Florida State with Washington K Dustin Hopkins and RB Chris Thompson

Vikings LB Anthony Barr and LB Eric Kendricks at UCLA with CB Fabian Moreau

Minnesota S Anthony Harris and T Morgan Moses at Virginia

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and Redskins S Montae Nicholson at Michigan State

Minnesota S Marcus Epps and Washington C Chase Roullier at Wyoming

Vikings DT Jaleel Johnson and T Riley Reiff at Iowa with Redskins G Brandon Scherff

Minnesota RB Alexander Mattison and Washington LB Tanner Vallejo at Boise State

Vikings DE Everson Griffen and TE Kyle Rudolph help show off the team's former Color Rush uniforms, now called Primetime Purple, that the team will wear for the Thursday, Oct. 24 game against the Redskins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Click here to order your Primetime Purple jersey from the Vikings Locker Room store.



Stefon Diggs: 2 games (2 starts), 17 receptions, 242 yards, TD

Kyle Rudolph: 4 games (4 starts), 18 receptions, 185 yards, 3 TDs

Adam Thielen: 3 games (1 start), 11 receptions, 187 yards, 2 TDs; 1 rush, 11 yards


Anthony Barr: 3 games (3 starts), 13 tackles (league stats), 1.0 sack, 2 PBU

Danielle Hunter: 2 games (1 starts), 7 tackles (league stats), 2.0 sacks


Stefon Diggs: tied career-high with 13 receptions and totaled 164 yards at Washington on Nov. 13, 2016

Adam Thielen: 166 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions at Washington on Nov. 12, 2017

Mackensie Alexander: recorded first career interception on Nov. 12, 2017


1. This is the eighth meeting in 10 seasons between the teams. Minnesota is 5-2 in the previous seven contests.

2. The Vikings and Redskins have played two other times on Thursday Night Football (Nov. 29, 1984 and Nov. 7, 2013). Washington won the first 31-17, and Minnesota claimed the 2013 game by a score of 34-27.

3. Steve Jordan set a single-game, career high with 179 yards against Washington in 1986.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 2 games (five times; most recent was Nov. 7, 2013 through Nov. 2, 2014)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 7 games (Jan. 15, 1983 through Jan. 2, 1993)