It’s another late-afternoon kickoff for the Vikings, as they’re slated to kick off against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland at 4:25 p.m. ET (3:25 p.m. CT). It’s the Vikings second consecutive late-afternoon kickoff, with last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans also beginning at 3:25 p.m. CT.
While you’re trying to burn an extra few hours before kickoff, take a look at a few Vikings-related pre-game notes…
Robert Griffin III Expected To Start
To the surprise of no one, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is expected to start today. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Sunday morning, citing “a League source.” Griffin III sustained a concussion in the 3rd quarter last week against Atlanta, causing some to question whether or not he’d be ready to go against the Vikings. But Griffin III practiced each day this week and has passed the necessary tests under the NFL’s mandated concussion protocol. He was listed as questionable on the week’s final injury report, but it looks like he’ll be on the field today.
From The Ground Up
Both the Vikings and Redskins have talented young QBs in Christian Ponder and Griffin III, respectively. But make no mistake, the first battle to be waged in today’s game will be on the ground.
The Redskins rank 4th in the NFL in rushing yards, and they have a talented rookie RB in Alfred Morris who is causing opposing defenses plenty of trouble. Morris, a 6th-round pick out of Florida Atlantic this year, ranks 2nd in the NFC and 4th in the NFL with 491 rushing yards, has topped 100 yards rushing in each of the last two weeks and averages an impressive 4.9 yards per carry for the season. But the Vikings rank #6 in rushing defense and they are one of just three teams who have yet to allow a rush of 20+ yards. In fact, the longest rush the Vikings have allowed this year is 15 yards.
On the flip side, the Vikings of course feature Adrian Peterson. He returns to the field where he injured his knee on Christmas Eve last year. Peterson has 190 rushing yards the past two weeks and he’s just one 100-yard game away from tying the Vikings all-time record for career 100-yard rushing games (Robert Smith – 29). The Vikings have 7 rushes of 20+ yards, which is 2nd-most in the NFL this season.
Today’s Vikings-Redskins game will be televised by FOX, with Dick Stockton handling play-by-play and John Lynch providing analysis. Jennifer Hale will be the sideline reporter.
Of course you can catch the game on the Vikings Radio Network, too. The game will be on KFAN-FM 100.3/KTCN-AM 1130 locally. Paul Allen and Pete Bercich will call the action from the booth and Greg Coleman will handle sideline reporting duties. The Vikings Radio Network pre-game show, with Mike Mussman as host and yours truly joining about 40 minutes prior to kickoff, begins at 1:00 p.m. CT.
9 Vikings-Redskins Storylines
In case you missed it earlier in the week, we went over 9 Vikings-Redskins storylines to watch. Many of them still apply today, which is the point of that weekly blog entry. Check them out.
NFL teams can’t afford to look ahead to upcoming games, but we can. The Vikings will return to Mall of America Field next week for consecutive home games just 4 days apart. On Sunday, the Vikings will host the Arizona Cardinals. On the following Thursday, the Vikings will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that will be televised by the NFL Network.
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