Minnesota Vikings: 3 Players that must shine vs. Redskins in Week 8

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Before the Minnesota Vikings host the Washington Redskins on Thursday night in Week 8, here are three players that will have to step up for the Vikings.

Entering Week 8 of the regular season and as the midway point in the year approaches, the Minnesota Vikings have quietly become one of the hottest teams in the NFL as of late. The Vikings will try and continue their winning ways on the national stage that is Thursday Night Football when the Washington Redskins come to Minneapolis.

Minnesota comes into the game after taking down the Detroit Lions last Sunday on the road in Detroit, extending its winning streak to three in a row. The Vikings stepped on the gas early on in the contest and didn’t let up against the NFC North opponent to come away with a win on the road.

With that victory over Detroit in Week 7, Minnesota improved its overall record to 5-2 on the season and will now return back home to face Washington at US Bank Stadium, a place where the Vikings are a tough team to beat in front of their home crowd.

Coming into the contest, the Vikings will look to continue to stretch their winning streak, but will also try to keep pace with the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers ahead of them at 6-1 overall in the division. Minnesota remains ahead of both the Chicago Bears and Detroit in the standings entering the eighth week of the year.

On the other end of the field, the Redskins come into the contest in Minneapolis after having lost to the impressive San Francisco 49ers in Week 7 of the season last Sunday in the nation’s capital. Washington was held scoreless in the game while allowing San Francisco to score three field goals to grab the victory.

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The Redskins will look to get back on track while holding a record of 1-6 on the year coming into Week 8 and the matchup on Thursday Night Football. Washington trails the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East standings.

With both teams finalizing preparations on a short week ahead of the nationally televised game on Thursday night at US Bank Stadium, let’s take a look at three players that will have to step up and shine for the Vikings in order for Minnesota to grab its sixth win of the year and fourth win in a row against Washington.