By Troy Jefferson
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The Washington Redskins once again tried to break their home losing streak. Washington Redskins’ fans hadn’t celebrated a home win in 391 days. Minnesota was the unlucky team that finally loss a game at Fedex Field. The Redskins scratched and clawed for a 38-26 win. The Minnesota Vikings were 4-1 coming into the game and the Redskins were coming off a disheartening loss to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.
Minnesota got off to a quick start with three Blair Walsh field goals all in the first quarter. Washington’s ability to hold Minnesota’s offense to three short field goals early was the key to the game. The Washington Redskins came back in the second quarter with a vengeance. Robert Griffin III was back from his mild concussion and didn’t show any ill affects.
Griffin was decisive and efficient vs. the Vikings with the exception of a first quarter interception to Antoine Winfield, which was an unbelievable play I might add. Kyle Shanahan went to a heavy option offense and threw away any conventional sets. Robert Griffin was able to make quick reads and fool Minnesota with his fake handoffs.
Washington drove the ball down early in the second quarter for a 50-yard field goal by newly acquired Kai Forbath from UCLA. Washington capped off an eleven-play 90-yard drive with an Alfred Morris one-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter. Darrel Young just before halftime caught a six-yard touchdown pass giving Washington a 17-9 halftime lead.
The Redskins started the third quarter with the ball and put together another long drive capped off by a Robert Griffin scramble for a touchdown. Washington was able to halt another Viking’s drive and hold them to a field goal taking a 24-12 lead to the fourth quarter. Madieu Willaims, former Vikings Safety started the fourth quarter with a bang intercepting a Ponder pass for a touchdown.
The Redskins are still giving up too many points but worth noting they have four defensive touchdowns already this year. The Vikings were back in the game after back-to-back touchdowns in the 4th quarter. But, RG3 took off for a SPECTATCULAR 78-yard touchdown run to put the game away with less than five minutes to play. Griffin finished the day; 17 of 22 passing for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception, running on 13 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. The Washington Redskins improved to 3-3 and should be feeling good after the first six weeks.
LOOKING AHEAD: Washington travels to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Giants (4-2) for their first division game of 2012.