REGULAR SEASON WEEK 9WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-5) vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5)
Sunday, Nov. 2 – 1 p.m. ET
TCF Bank Stadium (52,000) – Minneapolis
Two of Week 8's most dramatic victors will face one another on Sunday as the Washington Redskins will travel to play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9. Kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET.
On Monday, the Redskins defeated the previously 6-1 Dallas Cowboys in a 20-17 overtime victory. Kicker Kai Forbath converted a 40-yard field goal attempt on the first possession of overtime, and the Redskins' defense followed by forcing a turnover on downs to give the Redskins their first overtime victory against the Cowboys since Nov. 2, 1975. The Vikings are coming off of a Week 8 victory in which rookie linebacker Anthony Barr helped Minnesota defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a walkoff 27-yard fumble return in overtime.
The Redskins have now won consecutive games for the first time since a seven-game winning streak to close the 2012 season, engineered in part by quarterback Colt McCoy's two debut efforts in burgundy and gold. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McCoy became the first player in NFL history with a minimum of 25 passes to complete 80 percent of his passes and average 10 yards per pass over his first two games with a team.
– Redskins lead overall series, 12-11
– Regular season series is tied, 9-9
– Last meeting: Nov. 7, 2013 (34-27, MIN)
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.
– Chris Myers (play-by-play)
– Ronde Barber (color)
– Jennifer Hale (sidelines)
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– Larry Michael (play-by-play)
– Sonny Jurgensen (color)
– Chris Cooley (analysis)
– Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
Under the guidance of new head coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings are 3-5 this season and currently sit fourth in the NFC North standing.
Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has appeared in five games this season with four starts. Bridgewater has completed 93-of-155 passes (60.0 percent) for 1,053 yards. He has thrown for two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Running back Jerick McKinnon leads the Vikings in rushing with 392 yards on 76 carries (5.2 avg.) this season. Running back Matt Asiata has shared the load, contributing 251 yards on 74 rushing attempts and a team-high three rushing touchdowns.
Veteran receiver Greg Jennings leads the Vikings in receptions in his second season in Minnesota. Jennings has caught 29 passes for 383 yards (13.2 avg.) with two touchdowns in 2014.
Safety Robert Blanton has recorded a team-high 55 tackles (35 solo) this season. Defensive end Everson Griffen leads the Vikings with 8.0 sacks, and safety Harrison Smith has contributed a team-high three interceptions.
Blair Walsh has kicking duties for Minnesota. Walsh is 16-of-19 on field goal attempts this season (84.2 percent). Jeff Locke has punted 44 times with a 44.9-yard average this season.
Marcus Sherels handles punt return duties for the Vikings. Sherels has returned 19 punts for 161 yards (8.5 avg.) this season. Cordarrelle Patterson is the team's primary kick returner and has gained 470 yards on 19 kickoff returns (24.7 avg.) in 2014.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Sunday's matchup between the Redskins and Vikings is the 19th regular season meeting and their fifth in as many seasons. The all-time regular season series between the two franchises stands tied, 9-9.
The Redskins hold a 12-11 overall series lead on the Vikings, including a 3-2 record against Minnesota in postseason games. The 2013-14 seasons will mark the first time in series history that the Redskins will face the Vikings on the road in consecutive seasons, though 2014 will represent the Redskins' first visit to TCF Bank Stadium after facing the Vikings at the Metrodome a season ago.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
- The Redskins and Vikings meeting in the regular season for a fifth consecutive season. This is only the third time since divisional realignment in 2002 that the Redskins have faced a non-divisional opponent five consecutive seasons (Tampa Bay, 2003-07; St. Louis, 2008-12)
- The Redskins improving upon their 12-11 all-time record against the Vikings, including postseason play. The teams' all-time regular season record is currently knotted at 9-9.
The Redskins making their TCF Bank Stadium debut. In regular season play, the Redskins were 1-1 against the Vikings at Metropolitan Stadium and 4-2 against the Vikings in the Metrodome. * The Redskins adding to their 27 points on their possession of second halves this season, tied with Miami for most in the NFL. * The Redskins forcing at least two turnovers in a third consecutive game for the first time since Week 15-17 of the 2013 season. * The Redskins (nine) recording two receptions of 50 yards or more to surpass their full-season total from 2012 (seven) and matchup their full-season total from 2010 (nine). * Kicker Kai Forbath maintaining the highest field goal percentage in team history among players with at least 50 field goal attempts (88.9 percent). * Wide receiver Pierre Garcon recording two touchdown receptions to match his single-season best as a member of the Redskins (five in 2013). * Running back Roy Helu, Jr. registering another 30-yard reception. In Weeks 1-6, Helu, Jr. became the first Redskins running back in record available dating back to 1994 to record a reception of at least 30 yards in three games in a single season. * Wide receiver DeSean Jackson recording consecutive 100-yard receiving performances for the second time this season and posting four 100-yard efforts in a span of five games for the first time in his career. * Jackson registering his fifth 100-yard receiving game this season to become the first Redskins receiving with five 100-yard receiving efforts in the first nine games of a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell in 1962. * Jackson adding to his league-leading totals in total touchdowns of 50-plus yards (20) and receptions of 50-plus yards (26) since entering the league in 2008). * Jackson scoring another touchdown covering 50 yards or more to become the first member of the Redskins with four 50-yard touchdowns in a season since Santana Moss (four in 2005). * Jackson recording a 50-plus yard touchdown to tie Ken Burrough and Devin Hester (21) for the sixth-most total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger. * Defensive end Frank Kearse (3.0), safety Brandon Meriweather (3.0) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (1.5) adding to their career highs in sacks this season. * Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan forcing a fumble to tie Ken Harvey (13) for the most forced fumbles by a member of the Redskins since 1994. * Kerrigan recording one sack to match and/or 1.5 sacks to surpass his single-season career high (8.5) set previously in 2012 and 2013. * Kerrigan recording two sacks to tie Andre Carter for seventh-most career sacks by a member of the Redskins since sacks became an official stat in 1982. * Running back Alfred Morris (3,401) gaining 111 rushing yards to pass Cliff Battles (3,511) for seventh on the Redskins' all-time rushing yardage list. * Morris (24) rushing for one touchdown to tie or two touchdowns to pass Earnest Byner (25) for seventh on the team's all-time rushing touchdowns list. * Morris rushing for a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 8-9 of the 2013 season. * Morris rushing for 100 yards for the first time this season and the 11th time in his career. * Morris starting his 41st consecutive regular season game, the second-longest active streak by an NFL running back (Frank Gore). * Wide receiver Santana Moss scoring a touchdown to tie former teammate Clinton Portis for ninth-most total touchdowns in team history (49). * Tight end Niles Paul adding to his 28 receptions and 411 receiving yards this season, already single-season career highs. * Punter Tress Way continuing his 49.7 yards per punt. If maintained, Way's average would rank second in team history, trailing on Sammy Baugh's full-season NFL record (51.4 yards per punt in 1940). * Way recording a 60-yard punt to become the first Redskins punter to record a 60-yard punt in five games in a single season since Matt Turk (five in 1998). * Fullback Darrel Young tying a career high with his fourth total touchdown of the season. Young had four touchdowns a season ago (three rushing, one receiving).
A REDSKINS WIN WOULD...
… give the Redskins wins in three consecutive games for the first time since winning seven straight to close the 2012 season.
… represent the Redskins' second win against an NFC opponent this season.
… be the Redskins' second road victory this year.
… surpass the Redskins' win total from a season ago (three) with their fourth victory of the season.
… improve the Redskins to 13-11 all-time against the Vikings and break a current 9-9 deadlock in regular season games against Minnesota.
… be the Redskins' first win in Minnesota since Dec. 23, 2007.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME
- The Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 20-17, in overtime in front of an announced crowd of 87,055 people at AT&T Stadium on Monday night.
- Kicker Kai Forbath converted a 40-yard field goal attempt on the first possession of overtime. The Redskins' defense followed by forcing a turnover on downs to give the Redskins their first overtime victory since a 30-24 win vs. San Diego on Nov. 3, 2013.
The Redskins are now 25-14-1 all-time in overtime games. The Redskins' 25 all-time overtime wins are tied with the Denver Broncos for the most all-time in regular season play. * Including a win last week, the Redskins have now won consecutive games for the first time since winning seven straight to close the 2012 season. * The Redskins appeared on Monday Night Football for the 65th time in team history. It was the 16th all-time meeting between the Redskins and Cowboys on Monday Night Football, *the second-most played matchup in *Monday Night Football *history. * The Redskins earned their first Monday night win against Dallas since the "Monday Night Miracle" on Sept. 19, 2005 in which the Redskins erased a 13-0 deficit with two Santana Moss touchdowns in the final four minutes for a 14-13 victory. * The Redskins evened their all-time Monday night record against the Cowboys at 8-8 with the win. * The victory represented the Redskins' first overtime win against Dallas since Nov. 2, 1975. In that game, quarterback Billy Kilmer's one-yard touchdown run gave the Redskins a 30-24 overtime win. * The victory was the Redskins' first win on *Monday Night Football since Dec. 3, 2012 vs. the New York Giants. * Quarterback Colt McCoy made his first start as a member of the Redskins. It was McCoy's first NFL start since Dec. 8, 2011 as a member of the Cleveland Browns. * McCoy completed 25-of-30 passes for 299 yards and a passer rating of 94.3. * McCoy's 83.3 percent completion percentage was the highest of his career among games he has started. It is the fourth-highest completion percentage by a Redskins quarterback with at least 20 attempts since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. * McCoy scored on a seven-yard run in the third quarter, the second rushing touchdown of his career and his first since Nov. 7, 2010 as a member of the Browns. * The rushing touchdown was the first by a Redskins quarterback since Robert Griffin III scored on a third-quarter run vs. Dallas in Week 17 of the 2012 season. * Wide receiver DeSean Jackson gained a team-high 136 receiving yards on six receptions. * Jackson recorded a 49-yard reception in the second quarter and a 45-yard reception in the third quarter. They were his 41st and 42nd career receptions of 40 yards or more, most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008. Jackson has seven such receptions this season, most in the NFL. * The 100-yard receiving game was the 24th of Jackson's career and his fourth as a member of the Redskins in 2014. Jackson's four 100-yard receiving games are the most by a member of the Redskins in the first eight games of a season since Santana Moss in 2005. * The Redskins finished the game with five sacks, the most by any team against Dallas this season. * Running back Alfred Morris gained 73 yards on 18 rushing attempts. With the effort, Morris (3,401) passed Mike Thomas (3,359) for No. 8 on the Redskins' all-time rushing yardage list. * Morris scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the year on a five-yard touchdown run on the Redskins' first drive of the second half. * The Redskins now have 27 points on the opening possessions of second halves this season, tied with Miami for most in the NFL. * The rushing touchdown was Morris' seventh against the Cowboys in his career. Morris entered the game with the most rushing touchdowns against Dallas of any active NFL player. * The touchdown was the 24th of Morris' career, pushing him past Cliff Battles (23) into sole possession of eighth place on the Redskins' all-time list. *
Morris extended his streak of consecutive games against Dallas with at least one rushing touchdown to five games, the longest in team history. * Morris recorded a season-long 29-yard carry in the third quarter. * Andre Roberts matched his season and career long with a 37-yard punt return in the first quarter. Roberts' long was set previously in Week 2 vs. Jacksonville. * Safety Brandon Meriweather recorded career highs in sacks (two) and forced fumbles (two) in addition to posting seven tackles (all solo) and a fumble recovery. Meriweather is the first member of the Redskins in records available dating back to 1994 to record two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in the same game. * Meriweather recorded his second sack of the season, dropping Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the first quarter. * Later in the quarter, Meriweather forced a fumble by Cowboys running back Joseph Randle. It was Meriweather's first forced fumble of the season and his first since Week 17 last season. On the play, linebacker Trent Murphy recorded his first career fumble recovery. * In the second quarter, Meriweather recorded his first fumble recovery of the season and his first since Week 12 of the 2013 season vs. San Francisco. The fumble was forced by cornerback Bashaud Breeland, his second forced fumble of the season. * Meriweather's three sacks this season surpass his career high (2.0) set with the New England Patriots in 2008. * The Redskins opened the scoring with a 44-yard Forbath field goal on the team's opening drive. The Redskins have now scored on opening drives in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 5-6 of the 2013 season. * Linebacker Perry Riley, Jr. recorded his second sack of the season in the first quarter. * Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recorded his 32nd career sack in the second quarter, giving him 7.5 on the season, one shy of his career high. * Linebacker Keenan Robinson recorded the first full sack of his career, dropping Romo in the third quarter. Robinson now has 1.5 career sacks, all this season. * The Redskins forced three fumbles for the first time since Week 11 of the 2012 season vs. Philadelphia. * Tackle Tom Compton, wide receiver Ryan Grant and linebacker Trent Murphy made their first NFL starts. * Linebacker Everette Brown made his Redskins debut. * Punter Tress Way had a career-high three punts downed inside the 20. * The Redskins did not allow a rushing touchdown for the third consecutive game. This marks the second three-game stretch this season in which the team has held opponents without a rushing touchdown (Weeks 1-3). * The win represents the Redskins' first against an NFC opponent this season and their first against an NFC East opponent since Week 17 of the 2012 season (vs. Dallas). * The Redskins now have 43 wins against the Cowboys all-time, fourth-most all-time against a single opponent including postseason play. The Redskins' 42 current wins against the Cowboys are tied with their 42 wins against the Steelers for fourth-most against an opponent.
Former Vikings on Redskins:
- Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster (Offensive Line/Tight Ends, 1993-95).
- Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker (Defensive Line, 2001 and 2004-05, Linebackers, 2002-03)
- C Kory Lichtensteiger (2009)
Check out the top photos from the Washington Redskins' Week 8 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Former Redskins on Vikings:**
- Defensive Coordinator George Edwards (Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, 2002 and Defensive Coordinator, 2003)
- Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner (Head Coach, 1994-00)
- Defensive Backs Coach Jerry Gray (Defensive Backs, 2006-09)
- Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson (Running Backs, 2000)
Vikings from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- S Antone Exum, Jr. (Glen Allen, Va.)
Redskins from Minnesota:
- T Tom Compton (Rosemount, Minn.)
Vikings who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer (Navy)
- S Antone Exum, Jr. (Virginia Tech)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Head Coach Jay Gruden was the Offensive Coordinator (2011-13) in Cincinnati when Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer was the Defensive Coordinator (2008-13) and Linebacker Coach Adam Zimmer was the Assistant Defensive Backs Coach (2013).
- DE Stephen Bowen (2006-10) and DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13) played in Dallas when Zimmer was the Defensive Coordinator there (2000-06).
- S Ryan Clark played for the New York Giants (2002-03) when Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer was the Assistant Special teams Coordinator there (2003-05).
- T Tyler Polumbus played in Denver (2008-09) when Priefer held the same position there (2009-10).
- Polumbus played in Seattle when Vikings Defensive Backs Coach Jerry Gray held the same position there in 2010.
- Assistant Special teams Coach Bradford Banta played tight end/long snapper in Buffalo in 2004 when gray was the Defensive Coordinator there.
- Defensive Line Coach Jacob Burney was the Defensive Ends coach in Denver when Vikings Defensive Line Coach Andre Patterson held the same position there from 2005-06.
- G Shawn Lauvao played in Cleveland in 2013 when Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner held the same position and Tight Ends Coach Kevin Stefanski was the Wide Receivers Coach.
- Head Coach Jay Gruden was an Offensive Assistant in Tampa Bay and Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris held various defensive coaching positions when Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson held the same position there from 2002-03.
- S Ryan Clark played in Pittsburgh (2006-13) when Wilson held the same position there (2007-13).
- DL Chris Baker played with Vikings OL Joe Berger in Miami in 2010.
- DE Stephen Bowen and DE Jason Hatcher also played with Berger in Dallas from 2007-08 and with Vikings S Andrew Sendejo in 2010.
- WR Pierre Garcon played with Vikings OT Charlie Johnson in Indianapolis from 2008-10 and FB Jerome Felton in 2011.
Notable College Connections:
- TE Logan Paulsen (2008-09) and K Kai Forbath (2008-10) played with Vikings P Jeff Locke (2009-10) at UCLA.
- TE Jordan Reed (2009-12) palyed with Vikings DT Sharrif Flord (2010-12) at Florida.
- RB Chris Thompson (2009-12) played with Vikings QB Christian ponder (2009-10) and CB Xavier Rhodes (2010-12) at Florida State.
- DE Clifton Feathers (2007-09) played with Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley (2006-08) and CB Captain Munnerlyn (2006-08) at South Carolina.
- CB E.J. Biggers and Vikings WR Greg Jennings played together at Western Michigan in 2005.
- WR Aldrick Robinson (2007-10) and G Josh LeRibeus (2008-11) played with Vikings FB Zach Line (2009-12) at SMU.
- T Trent Williams (2006-09) played with Vikings T Phil Loadholt (2007-08) at Oklahoma.
- QB Colt McCoy (2005-09) played with Vikings DE Brian Robison (2002-06) at Texas.
- LB Trent Murphy (2009-13) played with Vikings G David Yankey (2011-13) at Stanford.