October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (3-5) at MINNESOTA (3-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Vikings by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Washington 3-5, Minnesota 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 12-11

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Redskins 34-27, Nov. 7, 2013

LAST WEEK - Redskins beat Cowboys 20-17, OT; Vikings beat Buccaneers 19-13, OT

AP PRO32 RANKING - Redskins No. 23 (tie), Vikings No. 25

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (19), PASS (5)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (15), PASS (7)

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (11), PASS (31)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (17), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - NFL schedule rotation only guarantees intra-conference matchups once every three years, but thanks to several same-place finishes this is fifth straight and seventh time in nine seasons Redskins and Vikings will play. ... Jay Gruden (Redskins) and Mike Zimmer (Vikings), both first-time head coaches, were on staff together in Cincinnati. Gruden was offensive coordinator (2011-13) for the Bengals, and Zimmer was defensive coordinator (2008-13). ... QB Robert Griffin III expected to return or Redskins for first time since dislocating left ankle in Week 2. Colt McCoy replaced Kirk Cousins in Week 7 win vs. Tennessee and led OT victory vs. Dallas on Monday, completing 36 of 42 passes for 427 yards. ... In two games vs. Vikings, Griffen is 41 for 59 for 463 yards, four TDs and one INT, plus 20 rushes for 182 yards and two TDs. ... Redskins have minus-8 turnover differential, third worst in league, and have converted only 1 of 29 third downs of 10 yards to go and longer. They lead NFL with average of 6.52 yards gained on first down. ... Tress Way of Redskins leads NFL in punting with 49.7 gross yards average. ... Redskins had five sacks vs. Cowboys, including one by OLB Ryan Kerrigan, who's second in NFC with 7 1-2 sacks. Vikings DE Everson Griffen is conference leader with eight. ... Vikings are second in league with 25 sacks. Tom Johnson is second among NFL DTs with five sacks. ... Vikings have allowed average of 15.7 points over last three games. ... Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson's first career receiving TD came vs. Redskins last year. He's coming off most-productive game of season with six catches for 86 yards at Tampa Bay. He was targeted 12 times by QB Teddy Bridgewater. ... Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon leads NFL rookies with 392 yards rushing. He's fourth among qualifying players with average of 5.15 yards per attempt.

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