The speculation whether Mike Shanahan would shut down RG3 has now come to fruition. Kirk Cousins will get the start this Sunday vs Atlanta and more than likely will start the rest of the season. I wouldn’t read too much into the Redskins sitting Robert Griffin III. I think they just don’t want to risk him being injured again. Cousins should come right in and command that offense. Accuracy was a big problem for RG3 this year. The Redskins won’t have to worry about that with Cousins, being that accuracy is one of his best attributes. If the former Michigan State QB plays really well, given Griffin’s struggles, the Redskins will have themselves a QB battle to deal with in the off season.
Keys to victory for Minnesota Vikings
-Pound Adrian Peterson. The Redskins are ranked 22nd in run defense. Minnesota must take advantage and give the best player on the field the ball.
-Protect Christian Ponder. Vikings offensive line has been shaky all season. And thats being nice. With Orakpo and Kerrigan on the other side of the ball, the O line has to block well or Ponder will be on his back a lot tonight.
-Get Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson involved early. Quick screens, quick slants, etc.
-Stop Alfred Morris. Just like the O line being shaky, the defensive line for the Vikings has been up and down. They have to tackle well tonight.
-Contain the legs on RG3. Robert Griffin lll killed the Vikings last year with his legs. If they don’t play disciplined football, its going to be a long night.
Keys to victory for Washington Redskins
-Contain Adrian Peterson. Coming off of a 140 yard performance vs Dallas. Peterson is lookin to continue his hot hand. Linebackers for the Redskins must play excellent in the gaps.
-Let RG3 run. He has been at his best this year, when he‘s playing as a dual threat QB. Washington has a good chance to win if they turn Griffin loose.
-Run Alfred Morris. The Vikings cant stop the run this year. Morris should see plenty of opportunities for big plays. 20-25 touches is ideal tonight.
-Blitz Christian Ponder early and often. I think we all know by now, Ponder plays horrible when facing pressure. Rookie cornerback David Emerson and DeAngelo Hall might get a few picks tonight.
-Take advantage of Minnesota‘s injury plagued defense. Tight end Jordan Reed is going to be a matchup nightmare for the Vikings linebackers and safeties. He should see a lot of targets his way tonight.
PREDICTION: Vikings 28 Redskins 24