Week 8 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, October 24 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), as the Washington Redskins visit the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. It will mark the 22nd regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with the Vikings holding the all-time series advantage, 11-10. In their last meeting, Minnesota defeated Washington, 38-30, in Week 10 of the 2017 season as wide receivers ADAM THIELEN (eight receptions for 166 yards) and STEFON DIGGS (four catches for 78 yards) each caught a touchdown in the win.
Minnesota enters Week 8 on a three-game winning streak after defeating Detroit, 42-30, last week. Quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 337 yards and four touchdowns with a 141.4 passer rating in the victory and became the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and a passer rating of 135 or higher in three consecutive games. Cousins spent six seasons (2012-17) with Washington and passed for 16,206 yards with 99 touchdowns and a 93.7 passer rating. Running back DALVIN COOK rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 and leads the league in rushing (725) and scrimmage yards (945) through the first seven weeks. Cook has recorded five games with at least 100 rushing yards in 2019, the most in the NFL. Diggs recorded at least 140 receiving yards (142) for the second consecutive game last week and is one of three players (CHRIS GODWIN and DJ CHARK) with two games of at least 140 receiving yards in 2019. Defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER is tied for third in the NFC with seven sacks and is one of three players (CHANDLER JONES and CAMERON JORDAN) with at least seven sacks in each of the past four seasons.
Washington quarterback CASE KEENUM spent the 2017 season with Minnesota, passing for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and a 98.3 rating while leading the Vikings to a 13-3 record and the NFC North division title. Keenum has recorded at least two touchdown passes in three of his past four starts on the road. Running back ADRIAN PETERSON spent 10 seasons with Minnesota (2007-16) and is the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (11,747), rushing touchdowns (97) and scrimmage yards (13,692). Peterson ranks eighth in league annals with 13,625 career rushing yards and needs 60 rushing yards on Thursday to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers JEROME BETTIS (13,662) and LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON (13,684) for sixth-most in NFL history. Since 2014, linebacker RYAN KERRIGAN is one of three players (AARON DONALD and CHANDLER JONES) with at least 60 sacks (62) and 15 forced fumbles (15).