Hey, it sort of seems like we were just here, doesn’t it? It has only been a few days since the Minnesota Vikings last took the field, but tonight they play their lone Thursday night contest of the season, as they return to U.S. Bank Stadium to host the Washington Redskins. The Vikings will be sans wide receiver Adam Thielen tonight, but hopefully that won’t stop them from notching their fourth consecutive victory.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game.
Date and Time: Thursday, 24 October, 2019, 7:20 PM Central time
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Television coverage: KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities and literally every FOX affiliate in America
Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 83, XM Channel 226, SiriusXM App Channel 819
Line: Minnesota -14.5, Over/Under 42
Chris’ Prediction: Vikings 38, Redskins 17
1) Don’t get cocky - You see that big number after the minus sign in the “Line” portion up there? That means the Vikings are a huge favorite. Do you remember what happened the last time the Vikings were favored at home by that many points against a seemingly weaker opponent? Yeah, the Buffalo Bills came to town and mopped the floor with the Vikings. I don’t think Mike Zimmer is going to allow that to happen again, but it’s something that this team needs to be aware of. They’re not going to win by just showing up and tossing their helmets out onto the field this evening.
2) Keep spreading it around - With Thielen out, the Redskins are likely going to focus a lot of attention on Stefon Diggs. That means that Kirk Cousins is going to have to spread the ball around, whether it’s to Olabisi Johnson or Kyle Rudolph or Irv Smith Jr. or Laquon Treadwell. . .seriously. Cousins showed against Detroit that he can function when one of his big two receivers is on the sideline. He needs to find those other guys when Diggs isn’t available.
3) Get right on defense - The Lions ripped the Vikings pretty good on Sunday, with Matthew Stafford throwing for over 350 yards and Marvin Jones catching four touchdown passes. This Washington offense isn’t as good as Detroit’s, and they’ve struggled to score points at all this season. The Vikings need to get out to an early lead and then do what they can to make sure that Case Keenum’s “revenge game” doesn’t go nearly as well as Kirk Cousins’ does.
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We’ll have the new Open Thread up at the start of each quarter for you, so keep your eyes open for that. In the meantime, enjoy tonight’s game and let’s meet up afterwards for a victory celebration, shall we?