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Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins: First Quarter Open Thread

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-2) WK 10 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-4)

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Date: 12 November 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: FedEx Field
TV: FOX
DirecTV Ch 709
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225 (WAS)
Sirius Ch 103
TV Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt
Charles Davis
Know Thy Foe: Hogs Haven
Weather: 46 degrees, winds from SE at 5 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: Minnesota -1.5, Over/Under 40.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 24, Redskins 17
Final Score:

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We are officially back off of the bye week, ladies and gentlemen, and not a moment too soon. Yes, we are set to kick off Week 10 action from FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., as your Minnesota Vikings get ready to take on the Washington Redskins.

So, what do the Vikings need to do in order to emerge victorious from the nation's capital and start off a stretch of four road games in five weeks on the right foot?

1) Take advantage of Washington's banged up offensive line - If you're an offensive lineman for the Redskins, you're probably on the injury report this week. It's gotten so bad in Washington that the home team might have to start T.J. Clemmings at left tackle. . .on purpose. Whoever the Redskins start up front, they're going to be banged up, and the Vikings' offensive line is going to have to take advantage of that to not only get after Kirk Cousins, but to slow down Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley in the run game as well.

2) Play mistake-free football - Even with the injury issues, the Washington offense is pretty explosive. Case Keenum is going to have to not turn the ball over as he has in recent weeks (he has one interception in each of the Vikings' last three games), and this team is going to have to sustain drives and give the defense a chance to rest. If the Vikings can keep themselves from giving Washington a short field, the defense should give Washington a very difficult time in this one.

3) Be inspired - While he might not be starting. . .not yet, anyway. . .it has to be a great feeling for the Vikings' players to look over to the sidelines and see quarterback Teddy Bridgewater back in uniform. Bridgewater's comeback has got to be a huge inspiration to his teammates, and hopefully they can use that to give themselves a serious burst and win this one in his first real game since January of 2016. That doesn't mean go out and play out of control, but I'd have to imagine that this would give anyone in purple a little extra bounce in their step.

We are less than an hour away from kickoff at FedEx Field, ladies and gentlemen. As always, we will have an Open Thread that gets underway at the start of each quarter, so keep an eye out for that.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!