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Minnesota would be the talk of the NFL had Arizona not shocked everyone through 4 weeks of the season. A 4-1 start no one expected.
Adrian Peterson is coming back off of a torn ACL and Christian Ponder is still their quarterback. This was not supposed to be a very good team...yet here they are.
Washington has been equally surprising. With a rookie QB in RGIII, a suspect running game and wideouts no one is writing home about. Pierre Garcon was supposed to be a game changing signing to pair with Santana Moss. Between the two of them they have 20 receptions through five games. I'll do the math for you—that's a two rec. average for the two of them. Not good.
Without RGIII playing as well as he has, veteran like, they're 0-5.
Whether Minnesota is for real, remains to be seen. Outside of San Francisco, they haven't played anyone great. Jax? Indy? Detroit? Tennessee? Not exactly an all world lineup of foes.
Minnesota is a nice team that is relying heavily on their defense. With five FF, 14 sacks, they rack in the Top 5. Only two INTs out of secondary is low, but not awful.
Percy Harvin has been a revelation on special teams, putting them second in returns. (Special teams kicking, they are dead last.)
It looks like RGIII will play this week. But I don't think he'll be himself. A step off, a little weary —Washington loses a bit of they giddy-up in this one. If it comes down to him, I like Kirk Cousins and think he has a solid future in the NFL, but the Vikings will be responsible enough with the ball to eke one out.
Final Score: Vikings 24 - Redskins 13