Before each game, our Vikings coverage team makes predictions.
Week 10: Vikings at Redskins, Sunday
Time: Noon, FedEx Field
How to watch: Fox Channel 9, Live stream of Fox Sports GO; Listen on 100.3-FM, 1130-AM
PODCAST: Vikings vs. Redskins Gameday Preview
MATT VENSEL: Redskins’ TEs go off
The Vikings have yet to allow a tight end find the end zone this season. But that changes against the Redskins and their star tight end Jordan Reed, who will score not one, but two touchdowns Sunday. The Vikings will have to be wary of second-string Redskins tight end Vernon Davis, the former top-10 pick, too.
MARK CRAIG: Another surprise in D.C.
The Vikings have lost three straight games and head to Washington as 2 1/2-point underdogs, according to Vegas. Cheer up, Vikings fans. People said Donald lost three straight debates when he headed to Washington as a 3-point underdog, according to Bloomberg. With Washington left tackle Trent Williams suspended, dare we say the Vikings’ defense, er, trumps the Washington offense? I know. Lame
ANDREW KRAMMER: Blair Walsh gets back on track
Both kickers, Blair Walsh and Washington’s Dustin Hopkins, will shake off their slumps and make game-tying and go-ahead field goals, respectively, in the fourth quarter of another close Vikings loss. Walsh’s game-tying field goal will come from 27 yards after the Vikings offense sputters in the red zone once again.
CHIP SCOGGINS: Vikings’ skid continues
Predicting a four-game losing streak for the Vikings a month ago would have been wildly unfathomable. Not with that defense. Alas, until the Vikings prove that they’ve pulled themselves together — sorry, a home loss to the Lions doesn’t completely qualify — we’ll go with the opposing team in our prediction.
JIM SOUHAN: Desperate Vikings came away empty
The Vikings will be tested today. They were lucky to win at Tennessee. Their victory at Carolina looks less impressive now that the Panthers are 3-5. They played poorly at Philadelphia and Chicago. Playing on the road, on grass, used to be a problem for the Metrodome-bound Vikings. They need a victory today to remain in the division lead, to end a losing streak and to prove they can handle playing a decent team on the road. My prediction: The Vikings’ inability to run the ball or throw deep will allow Washington to slow their offense, and Kirk Cousins finds a way to put up the 20-plus points that mean a victory for the home team.