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David Dorey
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WEEK 12
2010
NE at DET TB at BAL PHI at CHI *MIA at OAK
NO at DAL *JAC at NYG *MIN at WAS STL at DEN
CIN at NYJ *CAR at CLE *GB at ATL *SD at IND
*UPDATED TEN at HOU PIT at BUF *KC at SEA SF at ARI

Prediction: MIN 24, WAS 20

Update: Santana Moss has been downgraded to questionable because of his hamstring and is now a game time decision. Rice has been limited in practices but is expected to play.

Here's a hard to predict game where the Vikings have dumped their head coach and bring their 0-5 road record to Washington where the Redskins vary between horrible and pretty good sometimes within each game. The Skins are only 2-3 at home. This is a coin flip game since that first game out with an interim coach is very often a surprising win as we saw with the Cowboys.

Minnesota Vikings (3-7)
Homefield: Metrodome
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @NO L 9-14 10 @CHI L 13-27
2 MIA L 10-14 11 GB L 3-31
3 DET W 24-10 12 @WAS --
4 Bye - 13 BUF --
5 @NYJ L 20-29 14 NYG --
6 DAL W 24-21 15 CHI --
7 @GB L 24-28 16 @PHI --
8 @NE L 18-28 17 @DET --
9 ARI W 27-24 - - -
Vikings Report | Statistics | Roster
MINNESOTA at WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Brett Favre - - 240,2
RB Adrian Peterson 90,1 40 -
TE Vishante Shiancoe - 30 -
WR Sidney Rice - 80,1 -
WR Greg Camarillo - 20 -
WR Percy Harvin - 60,1 -
PK Ryan Longwell 1 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: HC Brad Childress finally broke that final straw when the Packers came in and crushed the Vikings at home. Now DC Leslie Frazier takes over as the interim head coach and Darrell Bevell still runs the offense. A win this week is not that far-fetched with the Redskins plagued with injuries and with the Bills visiting in week 13, this team could have the look of turning around until facing the Giants, Bears and Eagles before the season ends. 8-8 is possible but a winning season likely is not.

QUARTERBACK: Frazier has already named Brett Favre as the starter and that says a lot since after 20 years you'd think it would be assumed. But Favre has been more of a liability than anything in recent weeks and has only ten scores against 19 interceptions and five lost fumbles. Only having Tarvaris Jackson to turn to also makes the decision easier.

The Redskins are plenty soft against the pass with 18 passing scores allowed to opposing quarterbacks. By this point Favre has only passed for multiple scores in two games and that's far too unreliable. Expect his average sort of game and take him with minor upside this week since the Redskins are weaker on the pass and this is a new season now that Chilly is gone. I am spotting Favre two scores which is outside of his norm and it is a big risk to rely on.

RUNNING BACKS: No word has been given but the change in coaching staff can only help Adrian Peterson. Granted - it may be about the same but Peterson has seen his workload curtailed for three weeks now with predictable results. He has not scored in the last two weeks or had more than 17 carries in a game. For the Vikings to win, Peterson has to be the central element to the offense that has committed too many errors when it relies on the pass too heavily.

The Redskins are about average against the run but four players have topped 100 rushing yards and five running backs have scored on them. I like Peterson for a decent showing here and he has a chance for a big game. This first week post-head coach change is always different.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Bernard Berrian injured his groin again in pregame warm ups last week and is likely out this game. But Sidney Rice returned and had ten targets that turned into three catches for 56 yards. Last week was no barometer as it was the final nail in Childress' coffin. The important fact is that both Percy Harvin and Rice are back and both are healthy. It may not save the season but it can make it less painful and anything that can help Favre is a good thing.

The Redskins have allowed nine passing scores to wideouts in just five home games and five players have turned in 100 yard games there. It is a risk to rely on a Vikings player this week but the upside is absolutely there for both Rice and Harvin to have a decent game against the 30th ranked defense against wide receivers and quarterbacks.

TIGHT ENDS: Vishante Shiancoe has only been a factor in home games this year and his last four away games netted no scores and never more than 38 yards. The wideouts will be more open than Shiancoe this week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points MIN 29 8 23 22 32 29
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 30 20 30 15 21 23
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) MIN 1 12 7 -7 -11 -6


Washington Redskins (5-5)
Homefield: FedEx Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DAL W 13-7 10 PHI L 28-59
2 HOU L 27-30 11 @TEN W 19-16
3 @STL L 16-30 12 MIN --
4 @PHI W 17-12 13 @NYG --
5 GB W 16-13 14 TB --
6 IND L 24-27 15 @DAL --
7 @CHI W 17-14 16 @JAC --
8 @DET L 25-37 17 NYG --
9 Bye - - - -
Redskins Report | Statistics | Roster
WASHINGTON vs MIN Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb - - 250,1
RB Keiland Williams 80,1 30 -
TE Chris Cooley - 70,1 -
WR Santana Moss - 30 -
WR Anthony Armstrong - 50 -
PK Graham Gano 2 FG 2 XP -

Pregame Notes: The enigmatic Redskins come off an upset win in Tennessee but that follows losing three of their previous four games and still there is apparently no way to keep a running back healthy in Washington. The Skins are also trying to keep an offensive line intact and HC Mike Shanahan revealed that C Casey Rabach suffered a second-degree MCL tear during the game in Tennessee.

QUARTERBACK: Donovan McNabb continues to score in every game and he does it only once each week in eight of the last nine games. McNabb has thrown for big yardage in recent games against the Eagles and Titans but the only time he has passed for more than one score was in the trash time of the Eagles blowout loss.

The Vikings secondary could be hit for more points but McNabb is just a one touchdown kind of guy this year. Figure on the one score and decent yardage since he almost always has 250 yards or more in home games.

RUNNING BACKS: The Redskins welcomed back Clinton Portis and then after five carries for 32 yards, saw him re-injure the groin that has kept him out since week four. Ryan Torain still has a hamstring issue and is a longshot to play this week which all leads back downhill to Keiland Williams again. Williams has been serviceable enough with four scores in the last three games and he adds yardage as a receiver as well.

James Davis has been signed from the practice squad and may play a role in this always changing backfield but barring some proof, figure on Williams being the man again this week.

The Vikings on the road have been far weaker on the run and allowed six touchdowns to opponents away from home (zero at home thought). Expect a decent game here from Williams with nice total yards and a great shot at one touchdown.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Motley crew here for the most part and Santana Moss comes off one of his rare fantasy relevant games. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, Moss has only scored in road games and he saves his lesser efforts for the home crowd. All told there have only been four touchdowns thrown to a Redskins wideout this year and three went to Moss. The Vikings are nothing special in the secondary but neither are the Washington wideouts. Look for moderate yardage from Moss as the only reliable feature of this group.

TIGHT ENDS: Chris Cooley remains a big player in the passing scheme and in a close fought game he matters even more. I like the score to end up with Cooley or even Fred Davis. The Vikings have not played against hardly any receiving tight ends and the Bears had two passing scores to their tight ends in week ten against the Vikes.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 19 11 27 9 9 11
Preventing Fantasy Points MIN 14 8 22 11 7 29
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) WAS -5 -3 -5 2 -2 18

WEEK 12
2010
NE at DET TB at BAL PHI at CHI MIA at OAK
NO at DAL JAC at NYG MIN at WAS STL at DEN
CIN at NYJ CAR at CLE GB at ATL SD at IND
  TEN at HOU PIT at BUF KC at SEA SF at ARI
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