When the Washington Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, they will look to do something they have not done since Sept. 18, 2011 – win a football game at FedEx Field.
The Redskins defeated the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 on Sept. 18 but have lost eight straight games since then. Last Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx was the latest in this string of home futility. Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan had no answers as to why this string of losses is taking place.
"We talk to the players about the importance of winning at home," said Shanahan. "We just have to do better in that area."
At press time, the immediate concern for the Redskins is the health of quarterback Robert Griffin III, who suffered a mild concussion in the second half of the Atlanta game. Griffin was scheduled to be evaluated early this week to see if he can play against Minnesota. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, but also tossed two interceptions late in the game.
The Redskins (2-3) will also look to control time of possession when they play the Vikings. The Falcons held the ball on offense almost 15 minutes longer than the Redskins. However, the Vikings (4-1) may prove to be another tough foe. The team defeated the Tennessee Titans 30-7 at home for their second straight victory. Quarterback Christian Ponder threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns.