- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2011

1. How will Roy Helu’s injuries affect his impact? The rookie running back appeared on the injury report this week after totaling 116 touches in the last four games. Knee and toe injuries slowed him against the Giants last Sunday. The Redskins could limit his carries and give Evan Royster more touches as a result.

2. Will the Redskins’ turnover streak finally end? The Vikings rank 24th in the NFL with only 18 takeaways. Even the Redskins have more (19), and they have the worst turnover margin in the NFL at minus-13. Broken record time: quarterback Rex Grossman must make better decisions with the ball.

3. Can Rex Grossman pick apart Minnesota’s lousy pass defense? The Vikings’ depleted secondary suffered another blow last week when cornerback Asher Allen suffered a concussion. They went on to surrender 412 yards and five passing touchdowns to New Orleans’ Drew Brees. Grossman isn’t Brees, but he still can move the offense.

4. Will the Redskins stop Vikings running back Adrian Peterson? The Redskins lucked out in last year’s meeting, a 17-13 Minnesota win, when Peterson injured his ankle after only six carries and 36 yards. Linebackers Perry Riley and London Fletcher will have to be sound with their gap responsibilities.

5. Is the Redskins’ secondary up for an encore? Washington’s three interceptions of Eli Manning last Sunday keyed a convincing win over the Giants. Meanwhile, Vikings rookie Christian Ponder has 12 interceptions in nine games.

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