A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.
With today's matchup against the division rival Dallas Cowboys officially a thing of the past, the Washington Redskins, winners of two straight, turn their attention to an opponent up north.
Washington next travels to Minnesota to take on the Vikings Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Vikings enter the matchup with a 3-5 record, and are coming off a 19-13 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday at Raymond James Stadium. The Vikings opened up their season with a 34-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams, then lost two straight (Patriots, 30-7; Saints, 20-9), before defeating the Falcons 41-28 and losing three straight to the Packers (42-10), Lions (17-3) and Bills (17-16).
In their victory against the Buccaneers, outside linebacker Anthony Barr forced a fumble in overtime and returned it 27 yards to the end zone to give the Vikings the dramatic victory. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 24-of-42 passes for 241 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions, while running back Jerick McKinnon ran 16 times for 83 yards.
Barr led the way defensively with an all-around effort, collecting eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Overall, Minnesota had five sacks on the day, and held Tampa Bay to just 1-of-12 (eight percent) on third downs.
The Vikings are led by first-year head coach Mike Zimmer, who had previously spent time as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys before being named their defensive coordinator, a position he held from 2000 to 2006. He spent the 2007 season as the Atlanta Falcons' defensive coordinator before taking the same position with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he stayed until he was hired as the ninth head coach in Vikings history Jan. 15.
Minnesota enters Sunday's matchup against the Redskins ranking 29th in the league in total offense (312 yards per game) and ninth in total defense (323.8 yards allowed per game). Despite the loss of All-Pro Adrian Peterson this season, the Vikings rank 11th in the league in rushing offense.
Bridgewater has completed 60 percent of his passes on the season for 1,053 yards with two touchdowns to five interceptions. McKinnon leads the way with 392 yards rushing on 76 attempts (a 5.2 yards-per-rush average), while veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings leads the team with 29 catches for 383 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen ranks third in the league with eight sacks.
Game Notes:Here's some notes of interest about the Redskins-Vikings Week 9 matchup, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations:
- 2014 will mark the fifth consecutive year in which the Redskins have faced the Vikings in the regular season. This is only the third time since divisional realignment in 2002 that the Redskins have faced a non-divisional opponent in five consecutive seasons (Tampa Bay, 2003-07; St. Louis, 2008-12).
- The Redskins are 12-11 all-time against the Vikings, including postseason play. The teams' all-time regular season record is knotted at 9-9.
- The Redskins are looking for their first win against the Vikings in Minnesota since Dec. 23, 2007.
- The game will be the Redskins' first at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. In regular season play, the Redskins were 1-1 against the Vikings at Metropolitan Stadium and 4-2 against the Vikings at the Metrodome.