Take the underdog Vikings and the points

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tosses a

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tosses a ball during warmups before a game against the Green Bay Packers. (Oct. 27, 2013) (Credit: AP)

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REDSKINS (3-5) at VIKINGS (1-7), 8:25 p.m.

LINE: Redskins by 21/2; O/U: 501/2

TV: NFL. Radio: WFAN (660 / 101.9, joined in progress).

How would one characterize Thursday night's game? Some exciting individual players and two bad defenses.That about sums up Week 10's Thursday night tilt. Two of the NFL's best running backs meet at the Metrodome: Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is fourth with 711 rushing yards, and the Redskins' Alfred Morris is fifth with 686. (Incidentally, both are tied for eighth with 29 carries that resulted in first downs.)

Meanwhile, the other side of the ball is a sore subject for both squads: Minnesota is 30th in the league with 31.5 points allowed per game, and Washington is 31st (31.6 ppg). The only thing keeping Washington from the bottom is Jacksonville (33.0 ppg).

I see this being a close matchup. Washington scores 25.4 points per game, while Minnesota produces 23.2 ppg. The Redskins have the better QB in Robert Griffin III (181 of 300for 2,169 yards with 9 TDs and 9 INTs), but I just see the Vikings (who have used three QBs this season) keeping this one close enough at home.There weren't many good numbers for either team, until I found this ditty: The Vikings are 7-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine games as an underdog of four points or fewer. Call it a hunch.

The pick: Vikings