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MINNESOTA (4 - 1) at WASHINGTON (2 - 3)
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Week 6 Sunday, 10/14/2012 4:25 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-1+4.13-11-424.011.2344.0(5.5)
Road Games1-1-0.11-10-220.09.5277.0(4.8)0.518.011.5309.5(4.7)0.5
Last 3 Games3-0+4.63-00-324.714.3334.7(5.1)1.311.03.0296.0(4.6)2.0
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games20.09.517.029:5027-111(4.1)21-3070.5%166(5.4)57-277(4.8)(13.8)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.98.920.730:4925-110(4.4)23-3761.1%240(6.4)63-350(5.6)(16)
Defense Road Games18.011.520.030:1025-69(2.8)25-4161.0%240(5.9)66-309(4.7)(17.2)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-744.2%1-142.9%2-67(33.6)2-23(9.6)6-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.71.5 13-537.9%1-054.8%3-70(25.5)20-2(9.3)7-59
Stats Against (Road Games) 16-640.6%1-033.3%0-9(19)2-23(11.5)6-61

WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-0.42-34-128.015.8401.6(6.6)0.829.413.4416.4(6.6)2.2
Home Games0-2-2.50-21-124.08.5348.5(6.2)1.531.015.5449.5(6.6)2.0
Last 3 Games1-2-1.31-22-124.012.7390.3(6.6)
Grass Games1-2-1.31-22-124.012.7390.3(6.6)
WASHINGTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.015.822.031:0732-166(5.3)20-3068.2%235(8)61-402(6.6)(14.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.411.521.930:2527-126(4.6)23-3565.1%255(7.3)62-381(6.1)(16.3)
Offense Home Games24.08.521.527:4427-171(6.2)18-2962.1%177(6.1)56-348(6.2)(14.5)
Defense (All Games)29.413.422.628:5322-88(4)26-4162.1%329(8)63-416(6.6)(14.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.513.619.330:5524-92(3.8)22-3661.4%249(6.9)60-341(5.6)(13.9)
Defense Home Games31.015.525.032:1528-88(3.1)27-4067.5%361(9)68-449(6.6)(14.5)
WASHINGTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-539.3%1-066.7%2-43(21.6)3-21(6.6)8-73
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.41.4 13-536.4%1-069.7%2-54(23.6)19-2(9.1)6-52
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-646.2%0-00.0%2-49(19.8)3-13(4.3)5-46
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 18,  WASHINGTON 19.4
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2012@ INDIANAPOLIS20-23L-3L45.5U26-9527-35-232130-8420-31-1940
9/23/2012SAN FRANCISCO24-13W6.5W43U41-14621-35-198220-8924-35-1913
9/30/2012@ DETROIT20-13W3.5W48U28-12716-26-100020-5530-51-2861
10/14/2012@ WASHINGTON            
10/25/2012TAMPA BAY            
11/4/2012@ SEATTLE            

WASHINGTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2012@ NEW ORLEANS40-32W8W50O44-15319-26-311010-3224-52-3263
9/16/2012@ ST LOUIS28-31L-4L42O29-17620-29-197127-15126-35-3013
9/30/2012@ TAMPA BAY24-22W2.5W44.5O30-16026-35-314018-8024-39-2931
10/21/2012@ NY GIANTS            
10/28/2012@ PITTSBURGH            
MINNESOTA: The Vikings will continue to transition from the zone-blocking scheme they used under Brad Childress to the man-to-man scheme offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave installed in his first season last year. If anything, the new system was a plus for Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, who were both excellent running the ball last season. After tearing his ACL last December, Peterson might not be ready to go full speed in September, in which case Gerhart would carry a heavy workload with Lex Hilliard seeing spot duty. Percy Harvin also sees a couple of carries every game. Peterson gets a big majority of the red zone touches when healthy. If he's out, Gerhart will assume that role and the Vikings will likely use him often. Musgrave has Christian Ponder moving around a lot in a West Coast passing game. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Harvin will play more following a season in which he was on the field for about 60 percent of the team's snaps. After he serves a three-game suspension, Jerome Simpson will provide a vertical threat. Michael Jenkins will still see the field, but not many targets. Ponder looks short often, so TE Kyle Rudolph should be targeted frequently. They'll also use John Carlson in two-TE sets about 50 percent of the time. Harvin was a popular target for Ponder when they threw in the red zone, and Minnesota uses its tight ends more often near the goal line. Despite tying the Eagles for the most sacks in the NFL last year, the Vikings were unimpressive on the defensive side of the ball. DE Jared Allen (22 sacks in 2011) is still the most ferocious DE in football, but this secondary is awful, coming off an eight-interception season with 251 passing YPG allowed. Allen posted a career year, falling one sack short of the league record, despite having to a below-average defense where he gets double-teamed on most plays. His durability and consistency are simply unmatched among NFL defensive linemen. One of the beneficiaries of all the attention that gets paid to Allen is fellow DL Brian Robison. After signing a three-year deal before the 2011 season, Robison earned his keep with a career-best performance. LB Chad Greenway is a bit one-dimensional as a run-stopper, but he has excelled in that area'Greenway is second in the NFL in total tackles (395) over the past three years. When healthy, Antonie Winfield is still excellent in run support, but at 35 years old he's not getting any more durable. The Vikings need him to stay healthy and effective if they're to have any chance of keeping up with the passing games of the teams in the division.
WASHINGTON: The Redskins had to go away from the running game because they fell behind early and often last year, but their preference is to rely on their vaunted zone-blocking scheme. They generally settle on one feature back at the beginning of each game, but there's no guarantee who it will be week-to-week. Roy Helu enters the year as the heavy favorite for carries, followed by Tim Hightower and Evan Royster. All three are capable of playing three downs. Royster might be an option in the red zone later in the year, but at this point Helu and Hightower are the backs who have goal line experience. Robert Griffin III is an excellent fit in the passing game of head coach Mike and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. They want their quarterbacks to move around and throw on the run, and Griffin can do exactly that. Washington has shuffled its receiving corps. Santana Moss has a chance to be the No. 1 receiver by design, and he will move to the slot when they go three-wide. Pierre Garcon will stretch the field (Griffin threw a lot of deep balls at Baylor) with Leonard Hankerson a deep threat on the opposite side. Josh Morgan is likely the odd man out, especially since the Redskins will play a lot of two-TE sets. Because TE Fred Davis runs more WR routes, Helu could end up being Griffin's safety valve. The Shanahans love to put their quarterback on the move near the goal line too, and Griffin will have the option of a short pass or trying to punch it in himself. This will be a new-look defense with safeties LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe replaced by free agents Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson. Cedric Griffin also improves the DB unit. Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are skilled pass rushers, but the Redskins face a tough schedule this season. Meanwhile, any thoughts last year that London Fletcher may be slowing down were erased by a big finish, in which he racked up 86 total tackles over the last seven games. Fletcher's heir apparent, perhaps as early as 2013, appears to be Perry Riley, who was great last season after earning a starting spot (63 total tackles over eight starts). One of two significant returnees to the secondary is DeJon Gomes, who proved to be a capable tackler with 28 total tackles in his five starts. He has the ability to play strong safety as well as nickel corner. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, meanwhile, is so overaggressive that opposing quarterbacks can't resist throwing at him.
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*Vikings-Redskins Preview* ==========================


Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is practicing after suffering a concussion last week, and it looks like he'll get a crack at snapping the Washington Redskins' eight-game home losing streak.

The Minnesota Vikings will have running back Adrian Peterson in their bid for a fourth straight victory in the nation's capital as he appears fully recovered from a season-ending knee injury suffered there in 2011.

Peterson and the surprising Vikings go for a fourth straight victory overall and sole possession of the NFC North lead Sunday.

Concerned that Griffin - the league's leading rushing quarterback with 241 yards - was more susceptible to injury, the Redskins (2-3) did not call a running play for the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner in last Sunday's 24-17 loss to Atlanta. Griffin, though, was knocked out in the third quarter when linebacker Sean Weatherspoon leveled him on a scramble after he failed to find an open receiver on a third-and-goal play.

Griffin attended a Rookie Success Program meeting Monday morning and completed the NFL's concussion protocol before he was allowed to practice Wednesday.

Griffin was a limited participant in practice Thursday but took part in a full practice for the first time this week Friday, leaving coach Mike Shanahan confident Griffin will start Sunday.

"If he passes his tests and we don't see any symptoms, then it looks like he'll be ready to go," Shanahan said.

The Vikings (4-1) arrive with plenty of confidence as they're off to their best start since opening 6-0 en route to a division title in 2009. With a win at Washington, Minnesota will move one-half game in front of idle Chicago.

"I know everyone else is surprised that we're 4-1. What stinks is that we should be 5-0," said quarterback Christian Ponder, referring to a 23-20 loss at Indianapolis on Sept. 16.

Ponder's development in his second year has given the Vikings a legitimate passing threat - he has a 95.5 passer rating and his 69.0 completion percentage is second only to Griffin (69.1). But a bigger reason Minnesota is riding its best stretch since winning four straight Nov. 1-29, 2009, might be Peterson's quick return.

The four-time Pro Bowl back suffered a torn ACL and MCL on the Vikings' first offensive play of the second half of a 33-26 win at Washington on Dec. 24. Ponder suffered a head injury on the next a sack, and he left the game for good after taking one more snap.

Peterson didn't play this preseason as he rehabbed from those injuries, but he has 420 yards and two scores thus far. Peterson has also answered questions about his breakaway speed as he's tied for second in the NFL with four rushes of 20-plus yards.

The Vikings, ninth in the league with 666 rushing yards, expect Peterson to be available Sunday after he suffered a mild left ankle sprain in last Sunday's 30-7 victory over Tennessee.

"When it's the same leg where you had the knee injury, I can see there being a little bit of doubt in your mind about what is going to happen next but to his credit once again, he kept himself together, got back on the field. He ran great," coach Leslie Frazier said of Peterson, who finished with 88 yards on 17 carries.

So has Percy Harvin, who has become the team's go-to receiver on bubble screen passes that maximize his versatility. He is tied for second in the NFL with 38 catches, and 329 of his 407 receiving yards have come after the catch.

"A beast, that's probably a good way to describe him," Ponder said after Harvin had a rushing and receiving score last week. "We're going to keep giving him the ball."

The Redskins will continue to rely on rookie Alfred Morris, who had a season-high 115 rushing yards last week and has 491 overall. Morris, a sixth-round pick, and Griffin are tied for the team lead with four rushing TDs, with Griffin's total having already tied the single-season team record for a quarterback.

Washington, though, will face an improving Vikings defense that's allowed one rushing TD. Minnesota held former 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson to 24 on 15 carries last Sunday and the Titans to 52 overall on the ground.

"It's exciting to know that every week you have a chance. It's exciting to know that with so many questions going into this year, it's exciting to answer 'OK, if we play our best, we have a chance to beat anybody in the NFL,'" end Jared Allen said. "And we're pretty darn good if we play our best."

The Redskins' last home win was 22-21 over Arizona on Sept. 18, 2011.

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