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Sunday’s Pre-Game Notebook

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 14, 2012 – 9:51 am

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.

Broadcast Information
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.

Looking Ahead
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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23 Responses to “Sunday’s Pre-Game Notebook”

  1. By BlueBird7 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Looking ahead to the Tampa Game.

    CB Talib is suspended for 4 games, which includes the game here.

  2. By BlueBird7 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Mr Morris meet Mr Jared Allen! Smash! Fumble!

  3. By Ozzinator on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. By Spencer on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    RG3 will take shots down the field, hopefully J-Rob is up for the task.

  5. By sandiamond on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    S Moss now 3rd down in the slot

  6. By tomcat on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    This is a scary game. Major test for our defense.Morris won`t do much, but R.G. has potential to give us fits. Hopefully we can confuse him by mixing up the coverage, and pressure him into mistakes. On the flip side, our receivers should be open all day. Skins are tough against the run, but A.P. is best in N.F.L. Still, Ponder must be on target to pull this off. Skol Vikings!!

  7. By sandiamond on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    spencer its all about containment. Can Cook cover Garcon? Smith, Sanford, Winfield up to the line helping vs the Run

  8. By Frederick Jones on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    @Ozzinator,

    8th!

  9. By Frederick Jones on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    What is most scary about the next few games are the injuries to A.D.

    Jones believes that A.D. might be cautious this game a.s. he was injured against those folks last year.

    Will he be healed up for the rest of the year, or are we going to have him always at 95% and ready for injury.

    A.D. is still the franchise. We must not forget that!!!

  10. By Ozzinator on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    @FredwardDogg,
    10th!

  11. By Parkway on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    AD is not a normal human being, he will not have such fears, he will bulldoze the skins

  12. By JE on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings…31 Skins…20

  13. By Spencer on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Jerome Simpson is OUT

  14. By Parkway on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Where did you hear that Spencer?

  15. By 32frank12 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ok guys don’t get me wrong I am a vikings fan and believe we have a great defense but what defense should I start in my fantasy league Vikings or Texans ?

  16. By BlueBird7 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ozzinator

    First!!!!

  17. By BlueBird7 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ozzinator

    And SECOND!!

  18. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    I think they should split the load in this game between A.D and Gerhart, he can carry the extra load. Smith will give RG3 another concussion.

  19. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    To those who have yet to figure it out, Simpson was injured during his pregame “display” and is being protected by the coaching staff et al:
    This serves two purposes
    1.) To keep the wolves (press) off Simpson’s doorstep forcing him to defend what I believe are stupid and unnecessary antics that can only end badly.I.E. SHOWING OFF. And thus possibly sending him into a self destructive mode.

    2.) To show Simpson that the team/coaches have his back no matter what and this is the place he wants to be going forward (after this seasons contract expires)

  20. By VikesShield on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    OMFG THIS LIONS AND EAGLES GAME IS TAKING FOREVER WTFFFFFFFF

  21. By RichardA1 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes kicking but early on!!! go vikes………………………………..

  22. By RichardA1 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    and so I’m waving this Berzerk flag I made and someone calls the fire department thinking my house was on fire and I was trying to signal them………I said no, its just me and the Vikings are hot, and its spreading like wild fire!!!

  23. By skins on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    these are the true vikings. 16 -9 and can’t play d and can’t move ball. Have to score td’s to win in these league

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