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Redskins-Vikings preview: Homecoming to start the second half

Washington needs to start the second half of the season on the right foot, but it will not be easy.

MatchupWashington Redskins (4-3-1) vs. Minnesota Vikings (5-3)

Kickoff: Sunday, November 13, 1 PM EST

Location: FedEx Field

Television: FOX (Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Kristina Pink)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network and Westwood One Sports

Odds: Redskins (-3), O/U: 41.5

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Last Week: Washington enjoyed their mid-season bye week after a disappointing tie to the Bengals the prior week. The Vikings are sputtering following their third straight loss; this time to the Detroit Lions.

Matchup History: Minnesota leads the all-time regular season series, 10-9, because of their 29-26 victory two seasons ago.

2016 Rankings: (Yards Gained/Allowed):

Washington – Offense (4th); Defense (22nd)

Minnesota– Offense (32nd); Defense (3rd)

Minnesota’s Strength: Although the Vikings defense has looked human over the past three weeks, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Minnesota has the best scoring defense in the league, allowing just 15.8 points per game, and has forced 17 turnovers through eight games. Additionally the Vikings pass rush, led by Everson Griffin's team leading six sacks, has averaged 2.6 sacks per contest. With Trent Williams suspended, Griffin will be teeing off about Ty Nsekhe.

Minnesota’s Weakness: Coming into the season many expected big things from the Vikings running attack. A serious injury to Adrian Peterson later and they are sputtering to move the ball at all. Minnesota is the only team to average under 300 yards per game on offense and are the second worst rushing team because of their 72.6 yards per game on the ground. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are not meant to be work horse backs in any system, but are forced to be at the moment. Ronnie Hillman should help the cause, but even Washington's mediocre run defense should be able to hold up well.

Prediction: Washington has only played two true road games through eight games and they need to make everyone of their last four home games count. With the wild card fight heating up, the Redskins are nearing must-win territory. However, the Vikings will get back to wreaking havoc on defense as their backs are up against the wall in a tight division race. The loss of Trent Williams will be easy to see has the Redskins have trouble moving the ball.

Final score: 17-13, Vikings.

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