Keys for MNF

Joe Theismann offers his three keys for each team for the Monday night matchup between the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.

Updated: September 6, 2006, 1:24 PM ET
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
Well, the moment we've waited all summer for is now here. It's time for some football and if you're not ready, it's time to get ready! I'm looking forward to a great season filled with great games, story lines and, of course, big plays.

While the season starts on Thursday, my broadcast season starts Monday with the Minnesota Vikings traveling to play the Washington Redskins. This should be a great game and I'm looking forward to it being my first in the "Monday Night Football" booth. Since it's going to be such a great game, I think it's only fair to talk about the three things each team has to do to win.

Minnesota Vikings

Protect Brad Johnson: I can't say that enough. Johnson is going to need time to get the ball to his receivers and that responsibility has to fall on the shoulders of the offensive linemen. This is a good group of linemen and they have the ability to have a great season if they play as a cohesive unit, and this week they are going to be tested by a dominant defense that can get a rush with or without blitz schemes.

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Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to ESPN.com and has contributed to the NFL Draft.