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Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 13 November 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: FedEx Field
DirecTV Ch 712
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 227 (WAS)
Sirius Ch 121
TV Announcers: Dick Stockton
Chris Spielman
Know Thy Foe: Hogs Haven
Weather: 54 degrees, winds from the W at 5 MPH, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Washington -2, Over/Under 42 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 20, Redskins 17
Final Score:

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Once again, it's nearly time to for Minnesota Vikings football, ladies and gentlemen. Today, they attempt to snap their three-game losing streak as they travel to the nation's capitol to take on the Washington Redskins.

So, what do the Vikings need to do in order to snap this cold streak and get the second half of their season off to a winning start?

1) Rediscover the pass rush - In their last three games, the vaunted Minnesota defense has managed to collect just two quarterback sacks, both coming courtesy of defensive end Everson Griffen. The Redskins are having issues on their offensive line, with star left tackle Trent Williams sitting out with a suspension and starting right tackle Morgan Moses limited in practice all week with an ankle injury. If the Vikings are going to stop the Redskins' high-flying offense, they're going to have to find a way to generate pressure on Kirk Cousins, whether it comes from blitzing or just from the front four.

2) Convert in the red zone - As Eric pointed out in his preview for this one, the Vikings had six drive go inside the opposing 30-yard line last week against Detroit, but those drives resulted in just 16 points. The Vikings moved the ball better offensively, with the short passing game allowing Sam Bradford to get the ball out more quickly, but if the Vikings can't do a better job once they get close to the goal line, all the yards in the world won't make any difference. The Vikings should be able to move the football against this Washington defense, but they need to turn that into points to have any shot today.

3) Stop making dumb mistakes - Last week against Detroit, the Vikings made too many mistakes in bad situations. Whether it was bad tackling or committing a stupid penalty on a third down that would have resulted in a stop, the Vikings shot themselves in the foot far too frequently. A team like the Vikings can't afford to put themselves behind the eight ball, and they need to get themselves right if they want to start winning football games again. If they play more disciplined football, they will give themselves a chance to be victorious today.

We are less than an hour from kickoff at FedEx Field, folks. Keep an eye out for a new Open Thread at the start of each quarter, and enjoy the game!