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Vikings confirm Patterson no longer a starter

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner confirmed the obvious Thursday when he said Charles Johnson has replaced Patterson as the starter at the ''X'position once commonly known as the split end.

Still, such a statement of demotion was a startling development in a season that began with so much promise for the former first-round draft pick.

''We're going to do what we can to get him some opportunities to play there,'' Turner said, ''but C.J. is playing at a real high level right now.''

That doesn't mean Patterson won't still see meaningful action as a wide receiver over the remaining four games. Coach Mike Zimmer said he's been pleased by the way Patterson has performed in practice this week.

''He's busting his rear end. He's doing everything good, so I'm hopeful that he does some good things in this game,'' Zimmer said.

Patterson has 30 catches for 350 yards and one touchdown in 12 games this year. After rushing for 102 yards in the season opener, he has gained just 11 yards on five carries. As a rookie, Patterson led the NFL in kickoff returning. He had four runbacks of 50-plus yards including two touchdowns that started in his own end zone, but this year his longest is 49 yards.

''Every receiver, they want the ball and they want to play and our opportunities, they get low sometimes,'' Patterson said. ''You've just got to be the better person. Just don't take it too personally.''

Turner said he sees Patterson ''being a big-time player in this offense'' moving forward, but clearly the 6-foot-2, 220-pound speedster who played only one season at Tennessee after transferring from junior college has not progressed as a route runner the way the Vikings have wanted. This is also his fourth offensive system in four years.

Patterson missed most of last week to attend an out-of-town funeral, so Turner and Zimmer didn't feel comfortable giving him much time on the field. They also only ran 48 plays against Carolina and called 24 runs. Zimmer has repeatedly said he's a fan of Patterson and confident he'll blossom into a good player, though.

''Me and coach Zimmer, we got a good chemistry. People, they don't believe it. It's tough love. We don't show it, but we have our little talks,'' Patterson said.

He said he hadn't yet sought the coaches out to specifically discuss his usage.

''Next week, if I feel like my reps ain't where I need it to be or I'm not feeling good about it, I have to sit down and talk with them,'' Patterson said.

Meanwhile, Johnson has 11 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown over the last three games.

''It's cool to get your name and go out there on the first play, but what does it really mean?'' he said, downplaying his ascension to the starting lineup. ''We all work together. We're all a unit.''

McNabb returns to Philly to take on Vick

Kickoff: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. EDT nfl football betting Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US Bicimotos Betting Odds: Philadelphia -6, Total: 43

Sure, this is a pretty significant early season NFC East match-up. However the real story here is Donovan McNabb’s return to the City of Brotherly love in addition to the resurgence of Philly’s new starting QB, Michael Vick.

Donovan McNabb faces his former team for the first time, while the Eagles are flying high under Michael Vick (750 pass yds, 7 total TD, 0 INT). Vick should continue to thrive against a Washington pass defense that ranks second-to-last in the league this year (326 YPG). Philly’s aggressive pass rush will have McNabb (833 pass yds, 2 TD, 1 INT this year) in the crosshairs against an injury-plagued Washington o-line.

Washington’s injuries extend elsewhere too. Clinton Portis has a bad wrist, but he will play Sunday. Portis has gained 873 total yards with eight touchdowns in 10 career games against the Eagles. The ’Skins also have special teams issues. Punter Josh Bidwell went down during warm-ups last week, and kicker Graham Gano punted four times with a miserable 24.0 net average.

Philadelphia has no significant injuries to report. TE Brent Celek has a bruised wrist, but he will not be affected much, if any, by the ailment. All the focus has been on Vick’s arm this year, but he has also rushed for 170 yards. The Eagles rank seventh in the NFL with 417 rushing yards, and LeSean McCoy has 209 of those yards on a whopping 6.1 yards-per-carry average. McCoy gained 168 total yards in two games against Washington last season.

The Eagles are 24-12 against the Redskins since 1992, but the teams have been more evenly matched recently with Philly holding a 5-3 edge SU and Washington with the upper hand ATS (4-3-1) in the past eight meetings. This NFL betting trend favors Washington:

Play On - Underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (WASHINGTON) - an average offensive team (18 to 23 PPG) against an excellent offensive team (>=27 PPG), after a loss by 14 or more points. (28-8 since 1983.) (77.8%, +19.2 units. Rating = 2*).

While those that plan on betting the ‘total’ should consider the following:

PHILADELPHIA is 26-8 UNDER (+17.2 Units) in home games in October games since 1992. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 20.6, OPPONENT 14.7 - (Rating = 2*).

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