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October 11, 2012

Vikings-Redskins capsule

MINNESOTA (4-1) At WASHINGTON (2-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Off

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 3-2; Washington 2-3

SERIES RECORD — Redskins lead 11-10

AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 8; Redskins No. 19

LAST MEETING — Vikings beat Redskins 33-26, Dec. 24, 2011

LAST WEEK — Vikings beat Titans 30-7; Redskins lost to Falcons 24-17

VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (9), PASS (24)

VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (6), PASS (15)

REDSKINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (4), PASS (17)

REDSKINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Game set to feature NFL's top two quarterbacks in completion percentage: Washington's Robert Griffin III (69.1) and Minnesota's Christian Ponder (69.0). ... Griffin expected to play unless there's setback in recovery from concussion suffered in third quarter of last week's loss. ...

Teams meeting for third straight year, all in Washington. Minnesota won other two. ... Vikings WR Percy Harvin leads NFL with 329 yards after the catch, more than 80 percent of his receiving total of 407. Of Harvin's 38 receptions, 22 have been at or behind line of scrimmage. ...

Harvin also ranks first with 38.3-yard kick return average, while teammate Marcus Sherels fourth in punt returns, averaging 14.9. ... Since Ponder's first NFL start last October, Harvin has 100 catches, second most in NFL. ... Vikings have scored on all 15 trips to red zone (six TDs, nine FGs). ...

RB Adrian Peterson needs one 100-yard game to tie Robert Smith (29) for career Vikings record. ... Minnesota one of three teams (Houston, New England) to not allow running play of 20-plus yards. Longest rush given up by Vikings is 15 yards. ...

Vikings kickoff coverage teams last in NFL, allowing average start at about 34-yard line. ... Minnesota DE Jared Allen has five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in last three games vs. Washington. ...

Redskins NFL's worst on third down, converting 23.3 percent. They are 0 for 9 on third-and-2 and third-and-3. ... Griffin ranks first in NFL in quarterbacks in rushing attempts (41) and yards (241). ... Griffin has thrown only one interception and leads rookies with 101 passing rating. ...

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