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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Donovan McNabb expects reinvigorated Vikings

By Rick Maese

Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb is well aware that the Dallas Cowboys won two games after they fired their head coach midseason. Players at times take on a new attitude when there's a coaching change, and McNabb expects to see a Vikings team this Sunday that has a similar hunger to the Cowboys, now led by Jason Garrett.

"The same is going to go for Minnesota, I believe," McNabb said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN 980. "The guys are going to play good for Leslie [Frazier, the Vikings' interim coach]. ...I'm sure those guys are going to come in with that attitude. So we have to match that."

McNabb is coming off a strong performance in Sunday's 19-16 overtime win at Tennessee. He completed 30 of 50 passes for 376 yards. He had a touchdown and an interception for a quarterback rating of 81.7, only the second time in 10 games with the Redskins that he's topped 80.0. Still, he thinks he could've had an even better game.

"I missed some throws that I'd love to have back," he said. "It could've been one of those passing days to talk about."

McNabb was sacked three times by the Titans, but he actually enjoyed pretty good protection much of the afternoon, especially considering the Redskins had three different combinations of offensive linemen in the first half alone. Was it the line's best performance of the year?

"I will not go into that," McNabb said. "Our guys did a great job."

McNabb said he thinks Artis Hicks, who missed Sunday's game with a thigh injury, will be able to return this Sunday, which could bolster a battered line.

McNabb currently has a passer rating of 76.1, which would stand as the worst single-season rating of his 12-year career since his rookie season, a year in which he started only six games. He's averaging 264 yards per game and has 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. If he can't turn those numbers around, this would mark the first time in his career that McNabb has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns.

McNabb turns 34 on Thanksgiving Day. Asked whether he thinks he'll play as long as 41-year-old Brett Favre, the Redskins' foe this week, McNabb left himself little wiggle room.

"Absolutely not," he said.

By Rick Maese  | November 23, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Rickey struck out and as the next batter was walking past him, he heard Henderson say, “Don’t worry, Rickey, you’re still the best.”

the power of positive thinking, rickey henderson always told himself he was the best and he basically was whether u like the guy or not, honestly i think his 3rd person talk is hilarious

hey Donovann, start thinking like a champion and maybe one day you'll be one

enough of this maybe, maybe, maybe 2nd place bs, 2nd place is 1st loser

THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS DEMAND CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THAT'S THAT

Posted by: retroskins14 | November 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow i figuerd Dmac would just trash them, talk about how terrible a team they are and how embarrassing Farve is, how Chilly was a great coach and a real tactician. Then slam the D line as old and declining and that Jerad Allen is a huge friggin redneck. Very unDonovan like.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 23, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb expects reinvigorated Vikings

By Rick Maese | November 23, 2010; 12:38 PM ET

Let me fix that for you:

Disappointed Donovan McNabb expects no opportunity with Vikings

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Donovan McNabb expects reinvigorated Vikings"

and I expect McNabb to play like a 12 YR vet this week and hopefully we won't have to settle/attempt SIX FGs.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 23, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Just once I'd like to hear a QB come out before an anticipated match up and say, "Yeah, we should win because their team sucks balls."

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 23, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Reinvigorated Vikings?? Just wait until Franzier has it out with "Coach Favre"! If you want a preview, just try benching Favre for a few series!!!!

Posted by: wp121606 | November 23, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What's the over/under on McNabb falling down, untouched, again this week? I am setting the bar at 2.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 23, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Favre starting means more of the same. He is dead last in terms of ratings/stats. I love the timing of the match up.

Arseneo Hall might have 5 picks this week.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl |

You are Soooooooo right! The guys a bum. Never had any skillz. He's done. he's toast. He's burned toast. Overrated. Nope, one guy NO ONE should worry about this weekend is Brett Favre. Got no guts. Won't play hurt. Can't fling it 60 yards any more. Never won the big one. Hell, Hall might have 10 Picks Sunday.Did I say 10? Make it 15!

My only concern? i may have ladled on the sarcasm too heavy.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't there a team that lost its first seven games and then changed coaches EVERY week for the last nine weeks? I heard they went 9-7 and just missed a wild card slot.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I believe that was the Never-neverland Unicorns, hell of a year!

Posted by: monk811 | November 23, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

My only concern? i may have ladled on the sarcasm too heavy.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 1:06 PM

While Cork has never had "this concern" it is not actually a lie. It is more sarcasm. That's Cork's only concern ever: I may not have been sarcastic enough.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

You are Soooooooo right! The guys a bum. Never had any skillz. He's done. he's toast. He's burned toast. Overrated. Nope, one guy NO ONE should worry about this weekend is Brett Favre. Got no guts. Won't play hurt. Can't fling it 60 yards any more. Never won the big one. Hell, Hall might have 10 Picks Sunday.Did I say 10? Make it 15!

My only concern? i may have ladled on the sarcasm too heavy.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse
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Every player falls off a cliff if they play too long, and Favre has fallen.

The guy you remember is not out there anymore. Just a broken-down QB who wishes he had never come back is.

Skins by 10.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Skins by 10.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

That's a blow out by our standards. What are we up to now 3 OT games and 2 games decided on the final play?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey...where is that STUPID Football Insider Live show that I never watch? It's late!

Posted by: PlayAction | November 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Vikings may be reinvigorated with Frazier ... but they also have a massive upgrade with Sidney Rice's return. He's their #1 WR and had a monster year last season ... most people don't realize he was 4th in the league in receiving yards ... and he'd have been 2nd if Favre hadn't taken a few weeks to discover the guy.

Rice is big and a very good deep threat, which opens up the underneath stuff that Favre thrives on. Rice makes guys like Harvin and Shiancoe better. You can cover Berrian, the guy Rice replaces, with a 3rd tier CB. Unless you've got Nnamdi or Revis, Rice is a guy that typically needs double coverage.

Not sure if the Vikes turn it around, but if they do, Frazier will get a lot of credit. But they missed Sidney Rice ... a ton. Thing is, they aren't missing him now...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if the Vikes turn it around, but if they do, Frazier will get a lot of credit. But they missed Sidney Rice ... a ton. Thing is, they aren't missing him now...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 1:27 PM |

He played last week and they still got smoked, have some confidence.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 23, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

z, agreed, the vikes are a talented team on both sides of the ball...being invigorated via the new coach is exactly NOT what the Redskins need right now....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey...where is that STUPID Football Insider Live show that I never watch? It's late!

Posted by: PlayAction | November 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm not watching that!

Posted by: monk811 | November 23, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

dive ass beeps

Posted by: PlayAction | November 23, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

yeah, uh, i can't wait to not watch that too.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | November 23, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Skins by 10.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

That's a blow out by our standards. What are we up to now 3 OT games and 2 games decided on the final play?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17

Funny, gonna mention that in ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, which is coming soon.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

McNabb also realizes he might be auditioning for a starting role in Minnesota next season...

Not sure whether that means he works even harder to prevent the mind farts and herky-jerkies that seem to be plaguing his game this season...

But so long as he doesn't throw twice as many picks as TDs -- Vikings will know that McNabb would be a definite upgrade over their aging and ailing incumbent.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 23, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Where are the confident, bold, courageous Skins fans? With the lack of confidence displayed by so many about the Vikings, I'm truly surprised. If anyone believes the Skins will loose to the Vikings or the Cows this year, then you are burgundy and gold deficient. This will be the first blow out game with a Skins win. Our players have to make up for the embarrassment we received from the Eagles at home, never again this year! Anything short of a serious beating of the Vikes is unacceptable.

Posted by: abxinc | November 23, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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