The Minnesota Vikings could be without six starters when they host the Washington Redskins tonight for Thursday Night NFL Football.  Tight end Kyle Rudolph, safety Jamarca Sanford, offensive lineman Phil Loadholt, and cornerback Chris Cook have already been declared out for this game.  Defensive lineman Letroy Guion [[ GUY-on ]] and offensive lineman Charlie Johnson are listed as doubtful.  Reserve tight end Rhett Ellison is questionable to play tonight.  Minnesota is 1-and-7 on the season, while Washington is 3-and-5.  The game kicks off at 7:25 p.m. at the Metrodome. Coverage begins at 6:30pm on SAM 107.3.  

 The Numbers

When the Vikings host the Redskins tomorrow night at the Metrodome, it will mark the 23rd meeting between the storied franchises and the fourth straight regular season meeting.  The previous meetings in 2010, 2011, and 2012 were all held in Washington, with Minnesota claiming two of the three contests.  Overall, the Redskins lead the series with 12 wins and ten losses.  The Vikings own a 4-and-6 home record against Washington, with the Redskins claiming five of the last six matchups in Minneapolis’ Metrodome.  The last Minnesota home win against Washington came in 1998.  This will be the final time the two teams will ever meet inside of the Metrodome, which will be torn down at the end of the current season.  Washington beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI (26) in the Metrodome in January of 1992.

 Redskins Name Focus Of Protest At Tonight’s Vikings Game

The nickname of Washington’s NFL team is the focus of a protest outside the Metrodome for tonight’s Vikings game.  Demonstrators say Redskins is a “derogatory and offensive” moniker and should be changed. Congresswoman Betty McCollum says the American Indian Movement organized the protest and she’s proud to be part of it.  McCollum says opposition to the team’s name is growing and owner Daniel Snyder has a real opportunity to step up and change it.  Former Vikings Pro Bowl safety Joey Browner is among those taking part in the protest.