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Vikings vs. Redskins: 10 Keys to the Game for Washington
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Should Robert Griffin III not play, Mike Shanahan will turn to another rookie in Kirk Cousins.

The Washington Redskins can't afford to go 0-9 at FedEx Field. Home games are the ones that teams must win in order to give themselves any chance of a successful season.

The Minnesota Vikings have been a surprising team this year, so they'll arrive full of confidence and looking for their fourth straight win.

Meanwhile, Washington's early hope has dissipated through injuries, the latest being the concussion to quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The Redskins have steadily proved all offseason fears about their team correct; the secondary is weak, the offensive line is a concern and there isn't enough depth at key areas to cover injuries to starters.

Despite the cynicism, there are still positives to be drawn from the season, of which Griffin is one. He has given the team a chance to win every game it has played in.

Maintaining that the team only lost by one score and was in the game until the end is a familiar comeback for Redskins fans, but this year it has been particularly true.

When the quarterback has the best completion percentage in the league and the team still isn't winning games, it's not difficult to see where the problems lie. That said, there's every chance that the Redskins can make life difficult for the Vikings and emerge with a win.

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