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Thursday Night Observations

I had the Redskins plus 16, the right side all game, but it got dicey near the end with Alexander Mattison breaking off big runs on the final drive. Thank God Dwayne Haskins handed the ball off on the final play rather than dropping back to throw what almost certainly would have been a pick six. Also thank God Dave Gettleman in his infinite wisdom drafted Danny Dollars instead of Haskins.

The cover would have been a lot easier but for Case Keenum's injury. Haskins came in, and the Redskins had no chance to do anything in the passing game. He held the ball too long and when he had time, overthrew a wide open Terry McLaurin for an interception.

Adrian Peterson played like Charles Jefferson in Fast Times at Ridgemont High – running Vikings over, making plays as a receiver and refusing to go down, despite an ankle sprained in two places. This is what a real revenge game looks like.

Kirk Cousins had another easy game, but he's not good at improvising under pressure. He'll rack up efficient yardage against mediocre and weak defenses, but I think his ceiling is capped.

Dalvin Cook had 23 carries and six targets in a game where his backup had 13 carries and two targets. Cook is obviously a top-five overall player in fantasy, but Mattison is the rare backup who would largely fill the starter's shoes in the event of an injury.

Stefon Diggs had a big game, but fumbled for the fourth time this year, the most among receivers.

None of the kicks were long, but the teams went 7-for-7 on field goals, none of them remotely in doubt.

I didn't love Mike Zimmer's decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 from his own 34, up seven with 17 minutes left in the game. It turned out fine because Haskins threw the pick, but against a team that can't make big plays, just punt there and rely on the defense. It's the rare case where doing the cowardly thing would have been correct.