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NFL Weekend Picks: RG3, Redskins a healthy pick

NFL Weekend Picks: RG3, Redskins a healthy pick

NFL Weekend Picks: RG3, Redskins a healthy pick

Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Y...


    Injuries can be damaging to NFL teams — and to Pro Picks, which is hurting after an awful week in which even our Best Bet flopped, for the first time.
    So do we ride the Redskins or the Vikings in Thursday night's game, in which Washington is a 2-point favorite?
    Let's see.
    Washington (No. 21 tie, AP Pro32) seems on the rise as Robert Griffin III gets closer to his true form, the running game has been revived, and the defense regularly is getting sacks.
    Minnesota (No. 30, AP Pro32) is rapidly sinking, even though it came close to a win last week in Dallas. The QB situation is in flux, the line isn't opening holes for 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson, and opponents gain more than 300 yards a game through the air.
    Injuries keep striking the Vikes, who won't have tight end Kyle Rudolph, one of their few offensive threats outside of Peterson, or right tackle Phil Loadholt. The Redskins are getting healthier.
    In a short week, RG3's crew seems to have a lot of edges on AD (Peterson, known as "All Day") and the hosts.
    "It's a huge mental week and we had this experience last year going into our Thanksgiving game," Griffin said. "There's not much contact. You don't get to go out there and run every single play, get multiple reps at it. You kind of have to be on top of your studying, be on top of your film work ...
    "But the other team has the same situation and no one's going to feel sorry for you. You've got to go out there and step up on Thursday and go win the game."
    Exactly.

▲ Redskins, 26-17

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