The Washington Redskins aim to improve to 4-5 with a win over the Minnesota Vikings at 8:25 p.m. at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
This marks the 14th Thursday night game in franchise history. Washington owns a 6-7 record on Thursday nights dating back to their first such game – a 13-3 win over the New York Giants on Sept. 16, 1937. The Redskins are 4-1 in non-Thanksgiving Thursday night games.
The last time the Redskins played Minnesota on Thursday night (No. 29, 1984), they won 31-17.
Here are some other fast facts and things to look for in this game:
● This marks the fourth time in as many seasons that Washington and Minnesota have faced each other. Until this year, the teams had never faced each other four consecutive seasons.
● Tonight’s game is the 18th regular season matchup between Washington and Minnesota and the 23rd all-time meeting. The Redskins beat the Vikings 38-26 last season to improve to 9-8 against Minnesota in the regular season. Washington also holds a 3-2 edge in postseason meetings.
● The highest-scoring game between the two teams took place on Nov. 2, 1986, when Washington outlasted Minnesota 44-38 in overtime at home.
● The Redskins’ largest margin of victory against the Vikings is 17 points from a 24-7 outcome on Jan. 2, 1993. Washington’s largest margin of defeat is 34 points. In that Oct. 18, 1998, matchup, Minnesota won 41-7 at home.
● Washington’s defense enters this game having forced a turnover in its last 13 regular season games dating back to last year. A 13th consecutive game would mark the Redskins’ longest since a 21-game regular season streak that began in Week 4 of the 1995 season and extended to Week 9 of the 1996 campaign.
● The Redskins will try to intercept a pass in a seventh consecutive game for the first time since doing so in eight straight games from Week 17 of the 2011 season to Week 7 of the 2012 season.
● Washington’s defense can tie a team record by scoring their sixth defensive touchdown this season. In 1984, the following players scored for the Redskins: Vernon Dean (two interception returns) Monte Coleman (interception return), Darrell Green (interception return), Darryl Grant (fumble return) and Curtis Jordan (fumble return). The Redskin also had six defensive touchdowns in 1971 and 1973.
● A fifth interception returned for a touchdown this season would mark a franchise record set in 1971.
● The Redskins amassed 500 yards of offense last week. If they did so again this week, it would mark the first time in team history that they have had back-to-back 500-yard games.
● Safety Reed Doughty will play in the 100th game of his career tonight.
● Linebacker London Fletcher will make his 208th consecutive start and tie Derrick Brooks for the most consecutive starts by a linebacker in NFL history.
● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs two interceptions to record his 23rd and 24th as a Redskin, which would tie him with Ken Houston for ninth-most in team history. (Hall has 42 interceptions for his career).
● Hall enters the game with three defensive touchdowns this season (two by interception return, one by fumble return).
● With a 100-yard rushing performance tonight, running back Alfred Morris would become the ninth player in Redskins history with 10 100-yard games in his career.
● Wide receiver Santana Moss needs a touchdown to tie Stephen Davis with 48, which would ranks 10th-most on the franchise list.
● Moss needs one catch to pass Gary Clark (549) for third in team history for receptions as a Redskin.
● Moss needs 49 receiving yards to join Tony Gonzalez, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin as the only active players with 10,000 receiving yards.
Some connections between these teams:
● Offensive line coach Chris Foerster coached offensive line and tight ends for the Vikings from 1993-95.
● Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger played for Minnesota in 2009.
● Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave served as Washington’s quarterbacks in 2005.
● Vikings tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson held the same position with the Redskins from 1989-91.
● Redskins tackle Tom Compton is from Rosemount, Minn.
● Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson coached with Mike Shanahan in Denver from 1986-87 and 1989.
● Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and Davidson worked together for the New Orleans Saints from 1995-96.
● Defensive lineman Chris Baker and Vikings offensive lineman Joe Berger played together for the Miami Dolphins in 2010.
● Defensive end Stephen Bowen and Vikings offensive lineman Joe Berger played together for the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-08, and Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo played in Dallas with Bowen in 2010.
● Cornerback Josh Wilson, linebacker Darryl Tapp and Vikings tight end John Carlson played together for the Seattle Seahawks from 2008-09.
● Tackle Tyler Polumbus and Carlson played together for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
● Safety Brandon Meriweather and Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel played together for the New England Patriots from 2007-08.
● Meriweather and Vikings tackle J’Marcus Webb played together for the Chicago Bears in 2011.
● Wide receiver Pierre Garçon and Vikings tackle Charlie Johnson played together for the Indianapolis Colts from 2008-10. Garçon and Vikings fullback Jerome Felton played together for the Colts in 2011.
● Cornerback E.J. Biggers and Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman played together for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-12.
● Linebacker Nick Barnett and Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings played together for the Green Bay Packers from 2006-10.
● Former UCLA teammates: Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen (2008-09), kicker Kai Forbath (2008-10), Vikings guard Jeff Baca (2008-09) and punter Jeff Locke (2009-10).
● Tight end Fred Davis and Cassel played together at USC in 2004. Davis and Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen played together at USC in 2007.
● Cornerback David Amerson and Vikings linebacker Audie Cole played together at N.C. State from 2010-11.
● Florida teammates: Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (2009-12), Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (2010-12) and defensive end Justin Trattou (2009-10).
● Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson and Freeman played together at Kansas State from 2006-07.
● Guard Adam Gettis and Vikings cornerback Shaun Prater played together at Iowa from 2008-11.
Florida State teammates: linebacker Brandon Jenkins (2009-12), running back Chris Thompson (2009-12), Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (2009-10), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (2010-12) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (2009-12).
● Josh Wilson and Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson played together at Maryland in 2006.
● Redskins linebacker Josh Hull and running back Evan Royster and Vikings linebacker Michael Mauti all played together at Penn State in 2008, and Hull and Royster played with Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges at Penn State in 2009.
● Biggers and Vikings receiver Greg Jennings played together at Western Michigan in 2005.
● Former Oklahoma teammates: Redskins tackle Trent Williams and guard Chris Chester and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Williams also was a teammate with Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt at Oklahoma.
● Linebacker Brian Orakpo and Vikings defensive end Brian Robison played together at Texas from 2004-06.
● Cornerback Jerome Murphy and Vikings safety Mistral Raymond played together at South Florida from 2008-09.
● Safety Bacarri Rambo and Vikings kicker Blair Walsh played together at Georgia from 2009-11.
For in-game updates, analysis, photos and the best of social media, plus a place to talk with fellow Redskins fans, visit our live blog, from two hours before kickoff through the post-game news conferences.
● Game day notes and fast facts at 6 p.m.
● Live blog kicks off at 6:25; Kickoff is at 8:25 p.m.
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