Redskins-Vikings today

October 25, 1992|By Vito Stellino

Site: Metrodome, Minneapolis, 1 p.m.

TV: Channels 11, 9

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Line: Redskins by 2 1/2

Last week: The Redskins beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-12, and the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions, 31-14.

Last meeting: Although the Vikings routed the Redskins, 30-0, in their final exhibition game in August, the last game that meant something between these two teams was the 1987 NFC title game. The Redskins beat the Vikings, 17-10, a month after the Redskins won a 27-24 overtime verdict in the Metrodome in the regular-season finale.

The series: The teams have played only eight regular-season games (the Redskins have a 5-3 edge), but they've played four times in the playoffs and split those games.

On the sidelines: Joe Gibbs, in his 12th season, has a 119-55 record. He is tied with Weeb Ewbank for 11th place in career victories and is two wins shy of Hank Stram for 10th place on the all-time list. Dennis Green is 5-1 in his first season as Vikings coach.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Run the ball. As the Redskins showed last week against Philadelphia, if they can run the ball to set up their play-action passes, they can set the tempo.

What the Vikings have to do to win: Get the lead. If the Vikings get ahead, they'll get their dome crowd in the game and the Redskins will be forced to play catch-up when they can't hear the signals on the audibles.

Injury report: Redskins: DT Bobby Wilson (back) out; WR Gary Clark (hamstring), S Danny Copeland (foot), TE Donnie Warren (shoulder) probable. Vikings: TE Danta Whitaker (groin) out; WR Hassan Jones (back), TE Steve Jordan (knee-ankle) doubtful; QB Rich Gannon (knee-hand) probable.

Outlook: Even though these two teams haven't played a game against each other that counts in five years, this is a pivotal one for both. The Vikings are 5-1 under a new coach, but their schedule has been suspect. Even though they're probably a playoff-bound team, the Vikings need a victory to establish themselves as a legitimate contender and not just the winner of a weak division. The Redskins, meanwhile, have the Giants and Seahawks in the next two games, so they could get on a roll if they win this one.

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