Minnesota (5-3) at Washington (4-3-1)
When: Sunday, November 13th 2016
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Time: 1:00 ET | TV: FOX
The struggling Minnesota Vikings will try and halt a three-game skid when they visit the Washington Redskins for a Week 10 matchup. Minnesota looked like the best team in the NFC after a 5-0 start behind a smothering defense, but the offense has stalled and now the Vikings are in a battle in the NFC North with Green Bay and Detroit. Minnesota only has 36 total points in their last three games thanks to a run game that ranks 31st in the league at 72.6 yards a game. Quarterback Sam Bradford has nine touchdowns against only one interception, but he has been limited to one scoring pass in five of his seven starts. Bradford threw the ball 40 times in last week’s 22-16 overtime loss against visiting Detroit while Minnesota managed 78 yards rushing on 25 attempts. Stefon Diggs had a season-high 13 catches last week while Cordarrelle Patterson is averaging five receptions over the last five games. Cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and Munnerlyn has been ruled out for Sunday. The Vikings are still the best in the NFL in points allowed with 15.8, while their third-ranked overall defense allows less than 300 yards a game.
The Redskins will be looking for their first win in almost a month after a 27-27 tie in London against the Cincinnati Bengals prior to their bye last week. Kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 34-yard field goal in overtime versus the Bengals, prompting Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins to say “it definitely feels more like a loss than a win.” Cousins threw two touchdowns and had a season-high 458 yards in the draw with Cincinnati, but he will face the league’s top-ranked scoring defense without his Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, who will serve the first of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Rookie Robert Kelley rushed for 87 yards against the Bengals in his first career start and will go again against Minnesota. WR DeSean Jackson missed practice this week and has been ruled out. Tight end Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder each had nine receptions and a touchdown in London. Washington will play Green Bay at home next week before hitting the road for three straight.
The Washington defense is ranked 22nd in the league and I expect Minnesota to finally get something going on offense. Cousins is 1-6 against the spread as a home favorite and will get punished by the Vikings defense today. Take the points.
Pick: Vikings +3