In the opening "Monday Night Football" game of 2006, the Vikings beat the Redskins 19-16 when Washington kicker John Hall missed a 48-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining.
Redskins RB Clinton Portis vs. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. Once upon a time, Portis was the rookie toast of the league. In 2002 with the Denver Broncos, Portis ran for 1,505 yards, 15 touchdowns and averaged a robust 5.5 yards per carry; very comparable numbers to Peterson, who has rushed for 1,278 yards, 12 touchdowns and a 5.8 average with two games remaining this season. In his four years with the Redskins, Portis has not come close to approaching those stats, but he is still a very productive rusher and ranks eighth in the NFL with 1,082 yards. Peterson, meanwhile, has broken the single-game rushing record. and until a midseason knee injury, appeared on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie record for rushing yards in a season. Since returning from that injury, however, Peterson has not been as effective. He has 197 yards combined in the past three games and has averaged only 4 yards per carry. Peterson better pick up the pace this week or Portis and the Redskins could leave the Metrodome victorious.