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U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 66,776

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Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings

  1. The Vikings have won five of the last seven games between these two teams, most recently beating the Redskins in Washington in 2017, 38-30. Minnesota has gained at least 300 yards in six straight games versus Washington, its longest active streak versus an NFC opponent.
  2. Washington has scored a total of 27 points in its last four games, its fewest in a four-game span since 2001 (25 in four games from 9/9--10/7). Against the 49ers, the Redskins were shutout for the fourth time since 2011, third most in the NFL behind only the Giants (6) and Dolphins (5) over that span.
  3. Minnesota has 10 rushes of 20+ yards in 2019, tied with Baltimore for the most in the NFL. The Vikings are one of two teams who have not allowed a rush of 20+ yards this season, along with the Buccaneers. Minnesota has allowed only one rushing touchdown, tied with San Francisco for the fewest in the NFL.
  4. The Redskins are allowing 134.4 rush yards per game, second most in the NFC behind only the Lions (148.9). The Vikings are running the ball on 52.8 percent of plays, second in the NFL behind only the 49ers (57.1%), and are tied with the Cowboys for the most rushing touchdowns in the NFC with 11.
  5. Case Keenum went 9-for-12 in the loss to the 49ers. No other Washington player threw a pass in the game -- the 12 attempts were the fewest in a game by the Redskins since attempting 11 passes in Week 15 of 1990 in a 25-10 win against the Patriots.
  6. Kirk Cousins has thrown for 300+ yards with multiple passing touchdowns in three straight games, tying the franchise single season record jointly held by Daunte Culpepper (2004), Randall Cunningham (1998) and Warren Moon (1995).
Team Comparison

Washington
 
Minnesota
12.9 Points 27.4
206.0 Pass Yds 244.6
84.7 Rush Yds 160.0
10 Takeaways 11
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The coaches and players who have departed the Washington Redskins have not always been complimentary of their time with a franchise that has experienced its share of dysfunction over the past two decades.

Kirk Cousins conceivably could have joined that chorus of critics, a cacophony amplified just last week by Kyle Shanahan. After all, the team's disinterest in giving him a longer-term, market-rate contract left Cousins as the rare starting quarterback playing on a one-year deal for two seasons in a row before becoming a free agent and signing with the Minnesota Vikings in 2018.

That's not his style, though, nor is it his story.

"Honestly for me, when I think of my time in Washington, I just think of the word gratitude. I'm so grateful that I was drafted by them," Cousins said.

The fourth-round selection in 2012 out of Michigan State finally became a full-timer in his fourth year, after second overall pick Robert Griffin III flamed out.

"They picked me when nobody else did. I was sitting around waiting for a phone call for 2 1/2 days," Cousins said. "I was given an opportunity to start when there weren't many people outside of that building who thought I should."

Cousins will face his former team for the first time on Thursday night, when the surging Vikings (5-2) host the reeling Redskins (1-6). As fate would have it, the player Cousins replaced, Case Keenum, now has his old job.

After a one-year stop in Denver, Keenum was traded to Washington. He will visit U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time since the "Minneapolis Miracle" pass he completed to Stefon Diggs for the winning touchdown on the final play of Minnesota's divisional round game against New Orleans after the 2017 season that was a career best for the longtime backup.

"There's not enough time to reminisce," Keenum said. "It's a special time, a special play, a special group of guys, something I'll remember forever, but not necessarily this week."

Like his successor in purple, naturally, the significance of playing against his old team was mostly an afterthought for Keenum. Even if there were actually some lingering bitterness fueling extra motivation, well, neither of them would acknowledge it.

"I've played long enough to where I feel like if I keep going like I'm going I might play against my old team every week," Keenum said. "It's adding up now, so it's just a normal game for me."

QUARTERBACK CAROUSEL

When the Redskins let Cousins leave as a free agent after trading for Alex Smith and signing him to a contract extension, they thought they'd stabilized the quarterback position. Instead, because of Smith's broken leg and assorted other chaos, they have played six and started five different quarterbacks over the 23 games they've played since Cousins left.

Smith, longtime backup Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Josh Johnson and Keenum have all started at least one game. Rookie Dwayne Haskins, their first-round draft pick this year, appeared in relief. Cousins started all 48 regular-season games from 2015-2017. Keenum has been interim coach Bill Callahan's choice since he stepped in more than two weeks ago for the fired Jay Gruden, who preferred McCoy.

"I made it known back then when Kirk was here: We both talked about playing together for years. But things happen," running back Chris Thompson said.

ALL DAY IS STILL ALL RIGHT

The reunion theme on Thursday is not just for quarterbacks. Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has already played at Minnesota since his 10-season run with the Vikings ended, but the return of the franchise's all-time leading rusher will still be a big part of the show.

Particularly since Callahan has steered the offense toward a throwback strategy, with Peterson carrying the ball 43 times for 199 yards over the past two games. With 60 rushing yards, Peterson would pass Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson to land in sixth place on the NFL's all-time list.

An ankle injury has him listed as questionable, but there's little doubt that he'll try to play.

"I was there for a decade and still to this day, I have fans that follow me," Peterson said. "I have fans that come to Redskins games that are die-hard Vikings fans because they're Adrian Peterson fans. The love is always going to be there."

THIELEN'S HURT

Cousins didn't miss a beat last week after two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen left the game in Detroit because of a hamstring injury that occurred during his first-quarter touchdown catch.

Whether going deep to Diggs, toward the sideline to rookie wide receiver Olabisi Johnson, or underneath to tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr., Cousins had plenty of options that will have to remain viable again this week while Thielen sits out for the first time in his NFL career. He has played in 90 consecutive games, including three in the playoffs.

THIRD TO NONE

One sure sign of a struggling team is a lack of success on third down, and the Redskins are checking that box on both sides of the ball. The defense has allowed opponents to convert 49.5% of their opportunities, the third-worst rate in the league. On offense, they're second to last at 24.7%, with penalties a significant problem. Washington has been flagged 71 times for 434 yards, nullifying 157 yards that otherwise would have been gained.

"Having those third downs that are third-and-2, third-and-3, third-and-4, and not those third-and-10 third downs, make a difference a lot," right tackle Morgan Moses said. "We've just got to continue doing what we do: handing the ball off, running the ball, putting ourselves in the best position possible."

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Updated October 23, 2019

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