The Minnesota Vikings, victors of three straight games, will look to extend their winning streak Sunday when they visit FedEx Field to face off with the Washington Redskins. It is the first meeting between the teams since their Week 16 clash last season, the game in which Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson tore knee ligaments that threatened to keep him out into the 2012 campaign.
Fortunately, Peterson has returned, and has recorded 420 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns through the season's first five games. The Vikings offense, once so dependent on Peterson, now shifts between him and wideout Percy Harvin, who has racked up 407 receiving yards, 62 rushing yards, 345 kick return yards, and three scores so far this year. The Vikings defense ranks sixth in the league in scoring defense and rushing defense, and ninth in total defense.
Washington got one piece of good news while preparing for Minnesota: Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion during last week's game against Atlanta. Griffin, the second pick in this year's draft and last year's Heisman Trophy winner, was removed in the third quarter last week after sustaining a hit from Falcons linebacker Sean Witherspoon. Griffin reportedly returned to practice Wednesday and will play.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 14; 3:25 pm CT
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Vikings: KTCN 1130 AM/KFAN 100.3 FM
Redskins: ESPN 980 AM