The 2013 "Thursday Night Football" schedule has not featured many compelling games. The Week 10 contest, however, might be in a class of its own.
The 3-5 Washington Redskins will visit the 1-7 Minnesota Vikings. It’s the first TNF game of this year in which both teams are guaranteed to end the night with a losing record.
It might feature some sloppy football, but the Week 10 game might be one of the closest primetime games of the season. The betting line has moved in the Vikings favor, making the Redskins just 1.5-point favorites.
Despite being two games under .500, the Redskins are very much alive in the playoff hunt. They are just one game behind the first-place Dallas Cowboys in the loss column with half of the season left to play. The Vikings have no chance to compete in their division. They sit in last place, with each team ahead of them tied for first at 5-3.
The Redskins are still looking for Robert Griffin III to return to his rookie season form that led the Redskins to the playoffs. The Redskins have improved from their 0-3 start, but the quarterback is still trying to find his footing after coming off surgery to repair his ACL. He ranks 22nd in the NFL with an 80.0 passer rating and he’s running the ball a lot less than he did in 2012. Griffin has just 24 yards on the ground in his last two games.
Minnesota will give Christian Ponder the start over Josh Freeman. Ponder almost led the Vikings to a victory over the Cowboys last week. Freeman played one game with his new team, completing just 20-of-53 pass attempts for 190 yards. His passer rating is the worst of any quarterback in 2013.
Player To Watch: Robert Griffin III
TIME: 8:25 p.m. Thursday
PLACE: Mall of American Field
TV: NFL Network
Online Stream: nfl.com/tnf
Updated Betting Odds: Redskins by 1.5
Prediction: Vikings over Redskins, 30-27