STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – NFL schedule rotation only guarantees intra-conference matchups once every three years, but thanks to several same-place finishes this is fifth straight and seventh time in nine seasons Redskins and Vikings will play. … Jay Gruden (Redskins) and Mike Zimmer (Vikings), both first-time head coaches, were on staff together in Cincinnati. Gruden was offensive coordinator (2011-13) for the Bengals, and Zimmer was defensive coordinator (2008-13). … QB Robert Griffin III expected to return or Redskins for first time since dislocating left ankle in Week 2. Colt McCoy replaced Kirk Cousins in Week 7 win vs. Tennessee and led OT victory vs. Dallas on Monday, completing 36 of 42 passes for 427 yards. … In two games vs. Vikings, Griffen is 41 for 59 for 463 yards, four TDs and one INT, plus 20 rushes for 182 yards and two TDs. … Redskins have minus-8 turnover differential, third worst in league, and have converted only 1 of 29 third downs of 10 yards to go and longer. They lead NFL with average of 6.52 yards gained on first down. … Tress Way of Redskins leads NFL in punting with 49.7 gross yards average. … Redskins had five sacks vs. Cowboys, including one by OLB Ryan Kerrigan, who’s second in NFC with 7 1-2 sacks. Vikings DE Everson Griffen is conference leader with eight. … Vikings are second in league with 25 sacks. Tom Johnson is second among NFL DTs with five sacks. … Vikings have allowed average of 15.7 points over last three games. … Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson’s first career receiving TD came vs. Redskins last year. He’s coming off most-productive game of season with six catches for 86 yards at Tampa Bay. He was targeted 12 times by QB Teddy Bridgewater. … Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon leads NFL rookies with 392 yards rushing. He’s fourth among qualifying players with average of 5.15 yards per attempt.
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