Over the years, the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins have gotten together quite a few times. It’s been a fairly even series between these teams over the years. . .even enough where, if you count post-season games, the all-time series between these two teams is evenly split.
As we do every week, it’s time to take a look at what these two teams have done against each other over the years, courtesy of the good folks at Pro Football Reference. The things like point totals and win streaks will be a reflection of regular season matchups only between these two squads.
Total Games Between the Vikings and the Redskins: 24 (19 regular season, 5 post-season)
Head-to-Head Record: Vikings, 10-9 (Redskins 3-2 in post-season)
Total Vikings Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 480 (25.2 points/game)
Total Redskins Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 425 (22.4 points/game)
Longest Vikings Winning Streak Against Redskins: 2 (four different occasions, most recently from 7 November 2013 to 2 November 2014)
Longest Redskins Winning Streak Against Vikings: 4 (29 November 1984 to 25 October 1992)
Most Recent Vikings Road Win In Series: 24 December 2011 (Final score 33-26)
Most Recent Redskins Home Win In Series: 14 October 2012 (Final score 38-26)
Biggest Vikings Road Win In Series: 25 points, 2 November 1980 (Final score 39-14)
Biggest Redskins Home Win In Series: 12 points, 14 October 2012 (Final score 38-26)
Current Streak: Vikings, 2 victories
Yes, the Vikings have never won more than two consecutive games against the Redskins in their history. They’ve done so on a few different occasions, but have never gotten to three wins in a row, even if you count playoff games. If you believe in that sort of thing, given that the Vikings have beaten the Redskins two consecutive times, that could be construed as a bad sign.
The last two games between these teams have been in Minneapolis, with one coming at the Metrodome in 2013 and one at TCF Bank Stadium in 2014. The last time these two teams got together in the nation’s capital was. . .well, it wasn’t great for Vikings fans. Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a victory over the Vikings back in 2012, capping things with a ridiculously long touchdown run on a late third down play. Minnesota could have had a shot at victory with a stop, but it wasn’t to be as the Redskins went on to a 38-26 victory.
Minnesota’s last win in D.C. wasn’t necessarily great, either, as it’s more widely remembered as the game where Adrian Peterson tore his ACL back in 2011. Minnesota still held on to win by a score of 33-26, one of just three victories the team managed in Leslie Frazier’s first full season on the sidelines.
Current Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has faced off against the Redskins five times in his NFL career, and has put together some pretty respectable statistics despite having a 2-3 record as a starter against them. In his five games against Washington, he has completed nearly 61% of his passes, while putting together an impressive ratio of nine touchdown passes to just two interceptions. Both of his wins came when he was the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. As the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, Bradford was 0-2 against Washington, though he threw four touchdown passes in those two games and was not intercepted.
Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins has never attempted a pass against the Vikings, as he’s been the backup to Robert Griffin III in all three games between the Vikings and Redskins in his career.
That’s a quick look at the history between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings leading up to this weekend’s game at FedEx Field, ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully the Vikings can do enough to get their first three-game winning streak against Washington in team history.