Redskins-Vikings keys to the game: offense
The Redskins got a victory on the road against a good well-coached team in the Tennessee Titans. This week, they will need to put together another winning effort to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Vikings have more confusion than any team in the NFL, and this this is what the Redskins must do to make sure they don't let a vulnerable and wounded team beat them, starting with the offense.
The offense has struggled on third-down conversions all season but improved Sunday. They must continue to build on third-down efficiency this week against another solid defense. If the offense can once again figure out how to have some success on third downs it will go a long way toward winning the game.
The offensive line continues to struggle, and injuries hit hard Sunday. This is a much better defensive line -- maybe the best in football when they are on their game. So the offensive line will need to be ready to battle. This will be the highlighted matchup this weekend. The difference in this game will be the blocking or lack thereof.
Donovan McNabb had to throw the ball better in last week's game and he did. He had to improve, and he did. But he must do it again this week. It will be crucial for McNabb to put together consecutive good performances throwing the ball. He must continue to improve on his consistency. He got guys involved in the passing game last week and had some success, throwing for nearly 400 yards. He needs to build off that and make this his best week throwing of the year.
The receivers did a much better job of catching the ball last week; they too will need to build on their performances Sunday. If these receivers can make plays frequently this Sunday, I believe the Redskins will be difficult to beat.
Of course last but not least, as we all know, the Redskins will need to try and establish their ground game. The passing game made strides but still isn't where it needs to be yet, so the ground game has to help.
This week, the offensive line will be the deciding factor. If they block this powerful and talented defensive front, they should do well.
I give the edge to the Redskins offense