Vikings-Redskins Snapshot

Get the game essential, series history, a few keys to the game, important injuries and fast facts as the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins get set to square off on Sunday night.

Saturday
Dallas Cowboys (12-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-8)
Sunday
Cleveland Browns (9-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-9)
Green Bay Packers (12-2) at Chicago Bears (5-9)
Houston Texans (7-7) at Indianapolis Colts (12-2)
Kansas City Chiefs (4-8) at Detroit Lions (6-8)
New York Giants (9-5) at Buffalo Bills (7-7)
Oakland Raiders (4-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) at New Orleans Saints (7-7)
Atlanta Falcons (3-11) at Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-5) at San Francisco 49ers (4-10)
Baltimore Ravens (4-10) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5)
Miami Dolphins (1-13) at New England Patriots (14-0)
New York Jets (3-11) at Tennessee Titans (8-6)
Monday
Denver Broncos (5-9) at San Diego Chargers (9-5)

Washington Redskins (7-7) at Minnesota Vikings (8-6)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 12/23/07
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer

SERIES

19th meeting. Washington leads, 10-8-0. The last time the teams played in the Metrodome, Oct. 18, 1998, the Redskins lost 41-7. Minnesota has won three of the past four meetings.

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Redskins have to do what Chicago neglected to – test the Vikings' secondary, and specifically attack rookie CB Marcus McCauley if Antoine Winfield is out.

RB Clinton Portis is going to have a tough go of it against Minnesota's league-leading run defense, so QB Todd Collins must move the ball through the air. Minnesota applied good pressure Monday night and will have to get more of the same before the Redskins' quick receivers gain separation.

The Vikings emphatically learned Monday night that QB Tarvaris Jackson isn't ready to win games with his arm. He still struggles from occasionally poor mechanics and decision-making, which is understandable for a quarterback with 12 career starts. RBs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor will again face a constant dose of eight-man fronts – which makes the sledding tough but also can create big plays if either one reaches the second level.

KEY INJURIES

Redskins: QB Jason Campbell (knee) remains out; OLB Rocky McIntosh (torn knee ligaments) was placed on injured reserve.

Vikings: Winfield (strained pectoral muscle) and WR Sidney Rice (ankle sprain) appear unlikely to play.

FAST FACTS

  • Redskins coach Joe Gibbs is 5-0 career in the Metrodome.

  • The Vikings clinch a playoff spot with a win or a loss by New Orleans.

  • Vikings S Darren Sharper leads the NFL with 48 INTs since 2000.


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