Week 10: Another Tough Test

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Can The Skins build on the momentum of last week at Home?

Time for another tough test.

In a few hours The Washington Redskins will host the NFC North Leading Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.

Although this isn’t a matchup of 2 teams with Winning Records, it is one of Sunday’s Feature Games.

Washington is the best 4-4 NFL Team, period.

Why do I make such a bold claim?  Because it’s true.  The Redskins have played the toughest schedule in The NFL to date (Take a look at this link too).  It’s insane.

Every week so far, they’ve faced a tough Opponent with one exception: San Francisco (Oakland was considered a Super Bowl Team when they showed up).  And they caught the Niners when they were playing hard nosed, competitive football!

There is no doubt that Washington has faced a tough road.

The deal is I view the difficult schedule as a positive.  After playing through a gauntlet like that, it has forged toughness into The Team.  Now these Redskins know they can play with anybody.  And facing a Strong Opponent is simply another week for them.

That’s key, because today features another physical, stout Defensive Team in the Vikings.

These boys ain’t no joke.  They show up in Landover with the 4th Rated Defense in The League, and the 9th best Rushing Attack.

Those are pretty good numbers for this time of year.

In fact, Minnesota represents the toughest Defense that The Redskins have seen all season.  And these guys are the real deal.  Everson Griffen leads a unit that stacked from their Front Four through their Defensive Backfield.

If these guys have one hangup, it’s that they don’t play particularly well coming out of their Bye Week.  And guess what ballgame this is for them?

Offensively, the Vikings are rolling with Case Keenum (who definitely isn’t a world beater).  They’ve been able to get acceptable play out of him while their true starter Teddy Bridgewater gets back to full health.

Yes, they have (former Maryland standout) Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph to throw to.  And yes, they’ve been getting production out of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon in The Ground Game.

But this is a Defensive Team.  That’s the unit they lean on to Win.  And that’s the strength of their team.

And that’s the unit that poses the stiffest challenge to Washington’s prospects today.

Which in my mind, points to Kirk.  If The Burgundy and Gold is going to Win today, it will have to be Kirk Cousins that leads the way.

After that epic performance in Seattle, I’m convinced he’s up for the challenge.  That is The Franchise Quarterback Washington needs to reach that Postseason Goal.

Today’s game won’t be easy, and I expect the Vikings to pose a stiff challenge.

But The Team is finally starting to get healthy again AND The Schedule lightens up down the stretch.  And that makes today’s matchup (from a Washington perspective) all the more intriguing.

Can The Redskins hold serve at Home and begin to put together a run in the closing weeks of this season?  If it’s going to happen, it needs to begin with a Victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

And I believe it will.  Having fought so hard to stay afloat, I don’t believe The Skins would blow it by failing to capitalize today.

I know the Vikings are tough, even though one could question how tough they really are after peeking at their schedule.  They ain’t exactly played (and beaten) top notch competition.  But The Redskins have.

That’s why I believe The Skins Win today.  Washington’s the tougher team & they’re really to break out.

The Vikings will put up a fight, but in the end The Skins Win.

Minnesota     20
Washington   24 ✓

Hail To The Redskins!

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