Vikings vs Redskins – Nostalgic Preview

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 28: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins Revenge Game

Kirk Cousins was a 4th round pick (#102 overall) to the Redskins in the 2012 Draft, after starting three years at Michigan State.

From 2012-2017, Cousins started 57 games, compiling a 26-30-1 record, including 0-1 in the Playoffs (2015 Wild Card game loss). Cousins threw 99 touchdowns, 55 interceptions, 12,206 yards and completed 65% of his passes.

In the 2018 off-season, Cousins signed the richest guaranteed contract in NFL history – three years $84 million (all guaranteed). Vikings went 8-7-1 in 2018 with Cousins starting all 16 games. The 8 wins was a 5 win decrease from the 13-3 season in 2017.

That season, the Vikings QB was Case Keenum…

Case Keenum Revenge Game

On the other side of the field, Case Keenum is starting at QB for the Redskins. Keenum was the primary quarterback of the 2017 Vikings team that reached the NFC Championship game.

Keenum started the last 14 games, going 11-3. He threw 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The 22 interceptions are 30% of his career total (73).

Keenum is 1-5 as a starter this season with the Redskins, a year after he went 6-10 starting all 16 games for the Broncos last year. He may never again replicate the magical run and success he had in 2017 with the Vikings.

Adrian Peterson Revenge Game

AP was the 7th overall pick in the 2007 Draft.

Peterson compiled countless accomplishments and records in his 9 years with the Vikings.

He won league MVP in 2012, 7x Pro Bowler, 4x First Team All-Pro, 3x NFL rushing leader. He ran for the most rushing yards in a single game (296 yards) and holds the Vikings record for most rushing yards in a single season (2,097), career rushing touchdowns (97), single season rushing TDs (18).

For the first time since 2015, his last full season with the Vikings, Peterson ran for 1,000 yards in 2018 with the Redskins (1,042 yards, playing all 16 games).

Draft Connection

In the 2016 NFL Draft, both the Vikings and Redskins drafted wide receivers in the first round.

At #22, the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson (third WR off the board) and one pick later, the Vikings drafted Laquon Treadwell.

  • Doctson played three years (2016-2018) with the Redskins – 33 games, 81 catches, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
  • Treadwell played three years (2016-2018) with the Vikings – 43 games, 57 catches, 532 yards, 1 TD

Both WRs were released before final cuts in August. Doctson ironically signed with the Vikings, but was later placed on injured reserved. Treadwell signed with the Vikings a few weeks after being cut, but has just 1 catch in 2019.

Coaching Connection

From 2011-2013, both Mike Zimmer (current Vikings head coach) and Jay Gruden (recently fired Redskins head coach) were assistants on the Bengals. Those Bengals teams went to three straight postseasons, losing the first round each time.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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