The Vikings come to FedEx Field for the third consecutive year, and have won the last two meetings there. Last December, the Vikings defeated the Redskins 33-26. That victory gave them their third over Washington in the last four meetings.
The series between Washington and Minnesota dates back to Nov. 3, 1968. The Vikings won that game 27-14. The Redskins, however, hold an 11-10 series lead, including a 3-2 record against Minnesota in the postseason.
Here are some fast facts about this game:
- A victory would give Mike Shanahan his 168th as an NFL head coach and would tie him with Hall of Famer Bud Grant for 14th all-time.
- The Redskins enter this game having rushed for at least 125 yards in seven straight games dating back to last season. An eighth consecutive 125-yard game would give them their first such streak since the final six weeks of the 2006 season and first two weeks of the 2007 season.
- The Redskins have a chance to post a positive turnover margin for the seventh straight game dating back to last season. Washington hasn’t posted such a streak since doing so in Weeks 16 and 17 of the 2009 season and continuing it until Week 8 of the 2010 season.
- A defensive touchdown by Washington today would give them their fourth of the season. The team hasn’t recorded four defensive touchdowns in a single season since the 1999 campaign. The only negative is that the Redskins have lost all three games this season in which they have scored defensive touchdowns.
- Linebacker London Fletcher today will extend his consecutive games played streak to 230.
- Quarterback Robert Griffin III needs one rushing touchdown to set the new record for rushing touchdowns in one season by a quarterback. He currently is tied with Eddie LeBaron (1955) and Joe Theismann (1979) with four.
- Griffin needs 59 rushing yards to become the third quarterback since 1950 to rush for 300 yards in one season.
- Running back Alfred Morris enters this game aiming to join Larry Brown (1972) and John Riggins (1983) as the only backs in team history to open the season with at least 75 yards in each of the first six games of the season.
- Morris aims to post his third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance.
- Morris is chasing Brown for the most yards by a Redskin in the first six games of the season. He needs 159 yards to tie Brown’s record of 650 yards.
- Morris ranks fourth in the NFL with 491 rushing yards and fifth in the NFL with 100 carries.
- Receiver Santana Moss needs two touchdown catches to record 60 career touchdown receptions.
- The Redskins enter this game ranked first in the NFL in yards after the catch average (7.3).
- Washington is tied for first in the NFC and second in the NFL with 17 offensive touchdowns.
- The team ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL with eight rushing touchdowns.
- The defense ranks first in the NFL with 38 pass breakups, and second in the NFL with three defensive touchdowns.
- Washington ranks 27th in total defense, having allowed 2,082 yards. The Redskins have surrendered 238 passing yards a game (31st in the NFL) and 29.4 points an outing (28th) but rank 10th against the run, holding teams to 87.8 rushing yards a game.
- The Vikings, meanwhile, rank ninth in total defense, yielding just 304.2 yards a game. Minnesota has allowed the sixth fewest points (15.8 a game) and ranks 15th against the pass (225.6) and sixth against the run (78.6).
- Minnesota ranks 18th in total offense (344 yards a game) and 14th in scoring (24.0 ppg).
- Washington ranks seventh in total offense (400.6 ypg) and eighth in scoring (28.0 ppg)
- This game features the NFL’s two most accurate quarterbacks. Griffin has completed 69.1 percent of his passes, while second-year pro Christian Ponder has completed 69.0 percent of his passes.
Some connections between these teams:
- Cornerback Cedric Griffin played for the Vikings from 2006-2011.
- Guard Kory Lichtensteiger played for Minnesota in 2009.
- Safety Madieu Williams played for Minnesota from 2008-10.
- Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster was the Vikings’ assistant offensive line/tight ends coach from 1993-95.
- Minnesota tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson played tight end for the Redskins from 1989-91.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave served as quarterbacks coach for the Redskins in 2005.
- Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith and Musgrave, Vikings strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy and assistant strength and conditioning coach Martin Streight were members of the same coaching staff for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-98.
- Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson were members of the same New Orleans Saints coaching staff from 1995-96.
- Washington cornerback Josh Wilson and Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson were teammates at Maryland.
- Henderson was at Maryland when Redskins strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright was assistant strength coach for the Terps.
- Redskins running back Ryan Grant and Vikings tight end John Carlson and center John Sullivan were teammates at Notre Dame.
- Vikings defensive assistant/linebackers coach Jeff Imamura and Redskins quarterback coach Matt LaFleur were both assistant coaches at Saginaw Valley State in 2003.