The Vikings will have their secondary tested on defense and could have an adjusted philosophy on offense with Brad Childress no longer running the show.
(1-9) at Cleveland Browns
(3-6) vs. Washington Redskins
(7-3) at Buffalo Bills
(5-5) at Houston Texans
(6-4) at New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
(7-3) at Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs
(6-4) at Seattle Seahawks
(5-5) at Oakland Raiders
(7-3) at Chicago Bears
St. Louis Rams
(4-6) at Denver Broncos
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(7-3) at Baltimore Ravens
San Diego Chargers
(5-5) at Indianapolis Colts
San Francisco 49ers
(3-7) at Arizona Cardinals
Minnesota Vikings (3-6) vs. Washington Redskins (5-5)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Natural grass
TV: CBS, Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Charissa Thompson
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Vikings hope the switch to interim coach Leslie Frazier provides a mental boost similar to what Dallas has enjoyed with Jason Garrett
For that to happen, the maligned secondary has to clamp down on big completions - and they'll be tested by Donovan McNabb
's strong arm and speedy duo of WRs Santana Moss
and Anthony Armstrong
. Rookie RB Keiland Williams
is expected to get his third straight start for Washington and has shown good hands.
Vikings QB Brett Favre
has lobbied for a pared down playbook. He has an NFL-high 17 interceptions, but a second week with WR Sidney Rice
back should help attack a Redskins secondary that was vulnerable even before it was racked by injuries.
The Vikings are 1-9 in their past 10 road games. McNabb is 5-0 all-time against the Vikings.
The Vikings' 17-10 loss to the Redskins in the NFC title game after the 1987 season was a painful one. Wade Wilson's pass for Darrin Nelson with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter fell incomplete at the goal line and cost the Vikings a chance to tie the score and almost certainly force overtime.
The Vikings are 4-5 on the road against Washington, with their last victory coming on Sept. 11, 2006, by a score of 19-16. That marked Brad Childress' first game as the team's coach.
Defensive end Jared Allen had a standout game against Washington as a member of the Chiefs on Oct. 16, 2005, when he recorded three sacks and six tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles in a victory.
Linebacker Chad Greenway had 11 tackles against Washington in a 32-21 loss on Dec. 23, 2007, at the Metrodome. He had eight solo tackles and also deflected a pass. That game was the last meeting between the teams.
Running back Adrian Peterson needs 20 yards to reach 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive season.
Tight end Jim Kleinsasser needs three more receptions to tie Jermaine Wiggins for second place in team history for receptions by a tight end. Kleinsasser has 183 catches in his 12-year career.
Percy Harvin's three kickoff returns for touchdowns in the first two years of his NFL career make him the only Vikings player in franchise history to have more than one kickoff return for a touchdown. Harvin and Cleveland's Josh Cribbs are the only players in the NFL to have three kickoff returns for touchdowns in the past two years.
Ryan Longwell made all three of his field-goal attempts and hit on four of four extra points in a victory over Washington on Sept. 24, 2001, while playing for Green Bay.
Before Sunday's game at Tennessee, Stephon Heyer had solely been an offensive tackle throughout his high school and college careers and 3½ years with the Redskins. But when center Casey Rabach and backup guard Derrick Dockery went down with knee injuries against the Titans, and with right guard Artis Hicks inactive with an injured thigh, Heyer was suddenly a guard.
"(Offensive line coach Chris Foerster) called me over and asked me, 'Which (guard spot) would you rather play?'" Heyer said. "I had to get used to being so close to the center. Inside, a lot of things happen a lot quicker. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't easy. It's different. It's a good thing to be able to go in and help out and play well enough for us to win."
With strong safety LaRon Landry out again with an Achilles injury this week and with rookie backup Anderson Russell having been placed on injured reserve, the Redskins signed former Eagles safety Macho Harris on Wednesday.
Harris started eight games for Philadelphia as a fifth-round pick in 2009, but he was moved to cornerback this summer after the Eagles drafted safety Nate Allen in the first round and failed to make the roster.
"It was definitely hard, very emotional," said the 24-year-old Harris, who had been playing in a flag football league in Northern Virginia. "I just had to stay strong and continue to believe. Things like that (happen), guys tend to fold their tents. I feel like I got some more years in me."
Along with Clinton Portis, receiver Santana Moss was one of the late Sean Taylor's closest friends on the Redskins. All three played at the University of Miami. Saturday was the third anniversary of the death of the Pro Bowl safety, who was shot in his South Florida home in a botched robbery.
"I think about it, but over the years you try to let it go," Moss said. "It's hard."
Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who flew the entire organization to Miami for Taylor's funeral, finally had Taylor's locker removed from the locker room during the offseason. It's now on display on the club level at FedEx Field.