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2017 Game Information: Redskins-Vikings

Posted Nov 8, 2017

Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Vikings 2017 Week 10 matchup at FedExField in Landover, Md.

Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Vikings 2017 Week 10 matchup at FedExField in Landover, Md.


REGULAR SEASON WEEK 10
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-4) vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-2)

Sunday, Nov. 12 | 1:00 p.m. ET

FedExField Field (82,000) | Landover, Md.

– Download the full game release (PDF)

Following a comeback victory in Seattle last week, the Washington Redskins will return to FedExField to face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins won a memorable and hard-fought contest, 17-14, against the Seahawks in Week 9. Washington overcame copious injuries that helped limit the Redskins to playing only 42 players out of their 46 allotted game day active roster spots. The defense held the Seattle offense scoreless on its first 10 possessions of the game, not surrendering any points until early in the fourth quarter. Offensively, quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Redskins engineered a four-play, 70- yard drive inside the final two minutes for the comeback win.

Thanks to a scheduling quirk, this year marks the second straight season in which the Redskins and Vikings will meet at FedExField in Week 10. Last year, linebacker Preston Smith recorded two sacks and an interception, and quarterback Kirk Cousins threw touchdown passes to Jamison Crowder and Vernon Davis in a 26-20 home win against Minnesota in Week 10.

SERIES HISTORY
--Redskins lead all-time series, 13-12

--Regular seaosn series is tied, 10-10

--Last meeting: Nov. 13, 2016 (26-20, WAS)

TELEVISION: FOX
--Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play) 
--Charles Davis (color) 
--Pam Oliver (sidelines)

RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Sonny Jurgensen (color)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)

Westwood One Radio
--John Sadak (play-by-play)
--Mike Mayock (color)

THE OPPONENT

The Minnesota Vikings enter Week 10 of the regular season 6-2 and in first place in the NFC North. This season is the team’s fourth season under the purview of Head Coach Mike Zimmer.

Case Keenum is the team’s starter at quarterback in his fifth NFL season. This season, he has completed 149-of- 233 passes (63.9 percent) for 1,610 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Keenum’s completion percentage (63.9) ranks sixth in the NFC.

Running back Dalvin Cook leads the Vikings in rushing this year, posting 354 rushing yards on 74 carries with two touchdowns before being placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured list after Week 4. Latavius Murray is currently the team’s starting running back and has recorded 249 yards on 78 attempts and one rushing touchdown.

Wide receiver Adam Thielen leads the team in receptions (48) and receiving yards (627). Stefon Diggs leads the team in touchdowns (four) and has contributed 422 yards on 27 receptions.

Linebacker Eric Kendricks leads the Vikings with a team-high 61 tackles (40 solo) through eight games. Defensive end Everson Griffen has a team-high 10.0 sacks, while safety Harrison Smith leads the team in interceptions (three).

Kai Forbath, formerly of the Redskins, handles kicking duties for the Vikings, while Ryan Quigley handles the punting responsibilities. Forbath is 21-of-22 (95.5 percent) on field goal attempts this season. He is also 12-of-16 on PATs. Quigley is averaging 41.1 yards per punt.

Marcus Sherels has served as the team’s primary punt returner in 2017, while Jerick McKinnon has handled kick returns. Sherels has averaged 10.8 yards on 16 punt returns. McKinnon has averaged 26.0 yards on 12 kick returns.

A WIN WOULD

... push the Redskins record to 5-4 this season.

... give the Redskins back-to-back victories for the second time this season and the first time since Weeks 2-3.

... improve the Redskins’ home record this season to 3-2. ... make the Redskins 4-3 against conference opponents this season.

... push the Redskins’ all-time record against the Vikings to 14-12, including postseason play.

... break a current 10-10 all-time deadlock between the Redskins and Vikings in regular season play.

... give the Redskins an 8-6 all-time record at home against the Vikings, including three consecutive home wins in their series against Minnesota for the first time the 1982-87 seasons and postseasons.

... represent Head Coach Jay Gruden’s 26th career victory, tying Joe Kuharich for fifth-most coaching victories in franchise history

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
  • The Redskins improving to 5-4 this season. 
  • The Redskins earning back-to-back victories for the second time this season and the first time since Weeks 2-3. 
  • The Redskins pushing their home record this season to 3-2. 
  • The Redskins improving their record against conference opponents this season to 4-3. 
  • The Redskins and Vikings meeting for a seventh time in the last eight seasons. Since 2010, the only year in which the teams have not played one another was 2015. 
  • The Redskins and Vikings playing at FedExField in Week 10 for a second straight year. The Redskins earned a 26-20 victory against Minnesota in Week 10 last season. 
  • The Redskins improving upon their current 13-12 all-time record against the Vikings, including postseason play. 
  • The Redskins and Vikings breaking the current 10-10 all-time deadlock in regular season play in the series. 
  • The Redskins entering the game with a 7-6 all-time record at home against the Vikings. The Redskins have won each of their last two home games against the Vikings dating back to 2012. 
  • The Redskins winning three consecutive home games in their series against Minnesota for the first time since the 1982-87 seasons and postseasons. 
  • The Redskins approaching this week having surrendered only seven points on opponents’ first possessions and none since Week 1. 
  • The Redskins holding their opponent without any points on their first possession for eight straight games for the first time since the final two games of the 2003 season through the first six games of the 2004 season. 
  • The Redskins recording a sack in a 33rd consecutive regular season game, dating back to 2015. Washington’s active streak of 32 games is the longest in the NFL. 
  • The Redskins posting a sack in a 33rd straight regular season game to add to the second-longest sack streak in team history since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982. 
  • The Redskins ( 1 last week) winning the turnover margin in consecutive games for the second time this season (Weeks 2-3). 
  • The Redskins’ defense picking off multiple passes in back-toback weeks for the first time since Weeks 8-9 of the 2013 season. 
  • Head Coach Jay Gruden winning his 26th game with the Redskins to tie Joe Kuharich for the fifth-most coaching victories in franchise history. 
  • Linebacker Zach Brown recording a sack in back-to-back games for the first time since Week 17 of the 2012 season and Week 1 of the 2013 season. 
  • Linebacker Will Compton intercepting a pass to record interceptions in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. 
  • Compton (one each in 2015, 2016 and 2017) setting a singleseason career high with his next interception. 
  • Compton attempting to become the first Redskins linebacker to intercept a pass in back-to-back games since London Fletcher’s three-game streak in Weeks 14-16 of the 2012 season. 
  • Quarterback Kirk Cousins starting his 50th career regular season game, joining Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh, Billy Kilmer, Mark Rypien, Eddie LeBaron and Jason Campbell as the only quarterbacks to start 50 career games with the Redskins. 
  • Cousins starting his 41st consecutive regular season game for the Redskins to tie Mark Rypien (41 from 1990-93) for the second longest streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, trailing only Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84). 
  • Cousins entering the game second in NFL history in completion percentage (66.2) among players with at least 1,500 career attempts.
  • Cousins adding to his team records for career 300-yard passing games (22, including 21 in regular season play) and 400-yard passing games (three). 
  • Cousins (1,207) completing 38 passes to surpass Mark Rypien (1,244) for the fourth-most career completions in team history. 
  • Cousins throwing no interceptions in back-to-back contests for the second time this season (Weeks 3-4). 
  • Cousins (10) rushing for a touchdown to pass Sonny Jurgensen (10) for sole possession of the second-most career rushing touchdowns by a Redskins quarterback. 
  • Cousins adding to his single-season career-high 125 rushing yards this year. 
  • Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (one) returning a punt for a touchdown to become the eighth Redskins player to record multiple career punt return touchdowns, joining Brian Mitchell, Rickie Harris, Dick Todd, Bert Zagers, Cliff Battles, Mike Nelms and Johnny Williams. 
  • Tight end Vernon Davis (58) chasing former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for seventh on the list of career touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history. 
  • Cornerback Kendall Fuller adding to his team- and NFC-leading three interceptions this season. 
  • Fuller recording an interception in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. 
  • Fuller attempting to become the first member of the Redskins to record an interception in consecutive games since Bashaud Breeland in Weeks 5-6 of the 2015 season. 
  • Wide receiver Ryan Grant (two) setting a single-season career high with his next touchdown reception (two in 2015 and 2017). 
  • Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history.
  • Hall (three with Washington) returning another fumble for a touchdown to break the team record for career fumble return touchdowns (three by Chris Hanburger and Brad Dusek).
  • Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players. » Hall intercepting a pass to tie Ken Houston (24) for ninth-most in team history. 
  • Hall entering the game tied for the lead among active NFL players in career non-offensive touchdowns (10, tied with Aqib Talib). 
  • Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis adding to his career-high 3.5 sacks. 
  • Ioannidis (3.5) recording 2.5 sacks to tie Chris Baker (6.0 in 2015) and Stephen Bowen (6.0 in 2011) for the most sacks in a season by a Redskins defensive lineman since the team’s transition to a 3-4 base in 2010. 
  • Running back Rob Kelley scoring a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. 
  • Kelley recording multiple rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. 
  • Kelley scoring multiple rushing touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins with two multi-touchdown games on the ground in a single season since Alfred Morris (two) in 2014. 
  • Kelley running for two touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins with back-to-back games with multiple rushing touchdowns since a three-game streak by Stephen Davis in the first three weeks of the 1999 season. 
  • Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 105th consecutive regular season game, the longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career. 
  • Kerrigan (6.0) recording 1.5 sacks to join Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White as the only players in NFL history to record 7.5 sacks in each of the first seven seasons of a career since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982. 
  • Kerrigan (6.0) pushing his sack total this season to 7.5 to tie Dexter Manley for the most seasons with 7.5 or more sacks in Redskins history (seven). 
  • Kerrigan recording his fourth career interception return touchdown to take sole possession of second-most in franchise history. He is currently tied with DeAngelo Hall, Monte Coleman, Andre Collins, Brig Owens and Mike Bass (three each). 
  • Kerrigan tying a team record with his second interception return touchdown of the season (Pug Rentner, 1936; Dan Sandifer, 1948; Dale Hackbart, 1961; Vernon Dean, 1984; Andre Collins, 1994; DeAngelo Hall, 2013). 
  • Defensive lineman Terrell McClain recording a sack in back-toback games for the first time in his career. 
  • Tight end Jordan Reed entering the contest with 19 receiving touchdowns since 2015, tied for the most by any NFL tight end in that time frame. 
  • Reed (seven) scoring multiple receiving touchdowns to tie Gary Clark (eight) for fifth-most games with multiple touchdown receptions by a member of the Redskins since 1960. 
  • Reed (2,813) gaining 117 receiving yards to pass Bill Anderson (2,929) for the third-most career receiving yards by a tight end in Redskins history. 
  • Reed (2,813) gaining 187 receiving yards to join Jerry Smith and Chris Cooley as the only tight ends to record 3,000 career receiving yards as a member of the Redskins. 
  • Linebacker Preston Smith adding to his 4.5 sacks this season. Smith has already matched his full-season output from 2016. 
  • Long snapper Nick Sundberg appearing in his 100th career regular season game. 
  • Running back Chris Thompson entering the game as the only player in the NFL to lead a team in both rushing yards (251) and receiving yards (453) this season. 
  • Thompson entering the game with 453 receiving yards, the sixth-most by an NFL running back through the first eight games of a season since 1999.
  • Thompson adding to his career highs in receiving yards (453) and receiving touchdowns (three) this season. 
  • Thompson (453) gaining 42 receiving yards to enter the Top 10 on the list of receiving yards in a single season by a Redskins running back. 
  • Thompson (453) chasing Steve Bagarus’ single-season team record for receiving yards by a Redskins running back (617 in 1945). 
  • Thompson (two in 2017) attempting to break a tie for the most 100-yard receiving games by a Redskins running back in a season in records dating back to 1960 (Dick James, two in 1962). 
  • Thompson (two) breaking a tie with Dick James, Craig McEwen and Larry Brown (two each) for the most career 100-yard receiving games by a Redskins running back in records dating back to 1960.
  • Thompson (three) becoming the first Redskins back to catch at least four touchdown passes in a season since fullback Mike Sellers (seven) in 2005. 
  • Thompson (eight) catching two touchdown passes to tie Joe Washington (10) for 10th-most career receiving touchdowns by a back in Redskins history. 
  • Thompson (two) matching his career high (three in 2016) with his next rushing touchdown.

NOTABLE REDSKINS/VIKINGS CONNECTIONS

Former Vikings on Redskins:

  • Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (1991-93) 
  • Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray (1997-99) 
  • T T.J. Clemmings (2015-16)

Former Redskins on Vikings:

  • K Kai Forbath (2012-15)

Vikings from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:

  • WR Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.) 
  • S Anthony Harris (Chesterfield, Va.)
Redskins from Minnesota:

Vikings who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:

  • WR Stefon Diggs (Maryland) 
  • S Anthony Harris (Virginia)
Notable Pro Connections:
  • Head Coach Jay Gruden (2011-13) worked with Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer (2008-13) and Adam Zimmer (2013) for the Cincinnati Bengals. 

  • Vikings LB Emmanuel Lamur and CB Terence Newman played on the Bengals in 2012. Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews worked with Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards for the Buffalo Bills from 2010-11. Matthews (2013, 2016) and Quarterbacks Coach Kevin O’Connell (2015) worked with Vikings Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Derik Keyes (2013-16) and Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Drew Petzing (2013) for the Cleveland Browns. 

  • Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard played on the New York Giants when Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer worked there from 2003-04. 

  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan and Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked with Vikings Wide Receivers Coach Darrell Hazell for the Oakland Raiders in 1998. 

  • Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13) worked with Vikings Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano (2003-07) for the Dallas Cowboys. Vikings C Joe Berger (2006-08), S Andrew Sendejo (2010) and CB Terence Newman (2003-11) played on the Cowboys. O’Connell and Hilliard worked with Tony Sparano for the Miami Dolphins in 2011. 

  • Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica and Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked with Tony Sparano for the New York Jets in 2012. 

  • Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula (2007-15), Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (2007-10), Tomsula (2007-15) and O’Connell (2016) worked with Vikings Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Mark Uyeyama (2008-16), Tight Ends Coach Clancy Barone (2009-16) and Tony Sparano (2015) for the San Francisco 49ers. 

  • Vikings TE Blake Bell (2015-16), C Nick Easton (2015), LS Kevin McDermott (2013) and DB Tramaine Brock (2010-16) played on the 49ers in that time frame. 

  • TE Vernon Davis (2006-15) and QB Colt McCoy (2013) also played on the 49ers in that window. 

  • Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O’Hara worked for the Jacksonville Jaguars when Vikings T Rashod Hill played there in 2016. 

  • Kotwica (2007-13) and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham (2014-16) worked for the New York Jets when Vikings P Ryan Quigley (2013-15) played there. Kotwica, Callahan and Cavanaugh worked for the New York Jets when Vikings S Andrew Sendejo played there in 2011. 

  • Outside Linebackers Coach Chad Grimm worked for the San Diego Chargers when Vikings OL Jeremiah Sirles played there in 2014. Grimm worked for the Arizona Cardinals when Vikings WR Michael Floyd played there in 2012. 

  • OL Shawn Lauvao (2010-13), WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. (2015-16) and QB Colt McCoy (2010-12) played on the Cleveland Browns when Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur (2011-12), Drew Petzing (2013) and Derik Keyes (2013-16) worked there. 

  • LB Zach Brown played on the Tennessee Titans when Vikings Assistant Defensive Backs/Quality Control Coach Jonathan Gannon and Defensive Backs Coach Jerry Gray worked there from 2012-13. 

  • DL Terrell McClain played on the Houston Texans when Vikings Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Derik Keyes worked there in 2012. 

  • OL Tony Bergstrom (2012-15), DL Stacy McGee (2013-16) and Pryor (2011-13) played on the Oakland Raiders when Tony Sparano (2013-14) worked there. 

  • OL Ty Nsekhe (2012) and WR Brian Quick (2012-16) played with Vikings QB Sam Bradford (2010-14) and QB Case Keenum (2014-16) on the St. Louis Rams. 

  • S D.J. Swearinger and Vikings WR Michael Floyd played together on the Arizona Cardinals from 2015-16. 

  • LB Junior Galette and Vikings DT Tom Johnson on the New Orleans Saints from 2011-13. 

  • McClain (2012-13) and Swearinger (2013-14) played with Vikings QB Case Keenum (2013-14) on the Houston Texans. 

  • LB Chris Carter (2014-15) played with Vikings LB Emmanuel Lamur (2012, 2014-15) and CB Terence Newman (2012-14) on the Cincinnati Bengals. 

  • McGee and Bergstrom played with Vikings RB Latavius Murray on the Oakland Raiders from 2014-15. 

  • CB Josh Norman played with Vikings T Mike Remmers on the Carolina Panthers from 2014-15.

Notable College Connections:

  • Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked at Pittsburgh when Vikings Assistant Offensive Line Coach Andrew Janocko played there from 2006-08. 
  • Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips played with Vikings Assistant Defensive Line Coach Robert Rodriguez at UTEP in 2001. 
  • Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O’Hara (2011-13) worked at Miami when Vikings WR Stacy Coley (2013-16) and OL Danny Isidora (2012-16) played there. 
  • CB Fabian Moreau (2012-16) played at UCLA when Vikings Running Backs Coach Kennedy Polamalu (2014-16) worked there. 
  • Vikings LB Anthony Barr (2010-13), LS Kevin McDermott (2008-12) and LB Eric Kendricks (2010-14) also played at UCLA. CB Bashaud Breeland (2009-13) played with Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander (2013-15) and S Jayron Kearse (2013-15) at Clemson. 
  • DL Stacy McGee (2009-12), RB Samaje Perine (2014-16), T Trent Williams (2006-09) and P Tress Way (2008-12) played with Vikings TE Lake Bell (2010-14) and QB Sam Bradford (2007-09) at Oklahoma. 
  • WR Josh Doctson played with Vikings T Aviante Collins at TCU from 2012-15. 
  • T Morgan Moses played with Vikings S Anthony Harris at Virginia from 2011-13. 
  • OL Brandon Scherff (2011-14) played with Vikings DT Jaleel Johnson (2012-16) and T Riley Reiff (2008-11) at Iowa. 
  • RB Chris Thompson played with Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes at Florida State from 2010-12. 
  • QB Colt McCoy played with Vikings DE Brian Robison at Texas from 2005-06. 
  • LB Will Compton (2008-12), TE Niles Paul (2007-10) and C Spencer Long (2009-13) played with Vikings OL Jeremiah Sirles (2009-13) at Nebraska. 
  • S Montae Nicholson played with Vikings CB Trae Waynes at Michigan State in 2014

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