Monday, October 15, 2012

Redskins Defeat Vikings 38-26

If you had Vikings kicker Blair Walsh on your  fantasy team today, you're golden. If you had the Vikings defense on your fantasy team today, you're not so golden.

The Vikings offense came out of the gate fast in yesterday's game at FedEx field. On three straight possessions to open the game, they got inside the Redskins 20 yard line. All three times, however, the Redskins defense stood tall in the redzone and held them to a field goal.

With just under two minutes left in the first quarter, new Redskins kicker Kai Forbath came on to kick his first NFL field goal. How do the Redskins welcome him to the NFL? A 50 yard field goal attempt, of course. Forbath, however, split the uprights and it looked as though the kick could have been good from 60 yards away, as well.

The Redskins defense then tightened up in the second quarter. In three drives by the Vikings, they forced two punts and an interception (according to ESPN).

The interception came when Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander picked the ball out of the air following Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder getting by Adrian Peterson. On the ensuing offense play for the Redskins, Robert Griffin III found fullback Darrell Young for a six-yard touchdown pass.

Earlier in the quarter, running back Alfred Morris capped off an 11 play, 90 yard scoring drive with a 1-yard run of his own.

The Redskins got the ball to start the second half and were looking to put more points on the board. Robert Griffin III led the offense on a 10 play, 80 yard drive that he capped off all by himself when he took it in from seven yards for a rushing touchdown.

The Redskins were rolling and had scored 24 straight points on the Vikings to take a 24-9 lead. Blair Walsh added a field goal late in the third quarter for the Vikings and the score was 24-12 to start the fourth quarter.

At the beginning of the final quarter of play, newly acquired Redskins safety Madieu Williams picked off a bad pass from Christian Ponder and returned it 24 yards for the touchdown. It was the Redskins fourth defensive touchdown of the season. The Redskins just kept pouring it on and were now up 31-12.

If only for a few moments, however, as it looked as though they might blow it...

The Redskins offense began to falter in the fourth quarter and the Viking defense began to tighten up their play. They forced two short drives by the Redskins and converted both ensuing offensive possessions for touchdowns to bring the score to 26-31.

On the ensuing drive by the Redskins, they were one play away from yet another 3-and-out and handing the ball back to a Viking offense that had momentum. On third and short, they put the ball, and the game, in the hands of their prized draft pick: Robert Griffin III.

On third and short, Kyle Shanahan drew up a designed quarterback draw and Robert Griffin III had more than just a first down in mind when he tucked the ball away.

Robert Griffin III danced his way through the line of scrimmage and past the Vikings secondary and took it 79 yards for a touchdown to deliver the final blow the Vikings. As soon as he crossed the goal line, chants of "R-G-3!!" could be heard throughout the stadium.

DeAngelo Hall then picked off a pass in the endzone with under a minute left to play and then Griffin took a knee to seal the victory.

With a 38-26 victory yesterday, the Redskins snapped an eight game home losing streak and improved to 3-3 on the season.

Robert Griffin III finished today 17/22 with 182 yards and  a touchdown through the air. On the ground, he had 13 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Alfred Morris finished the game with 16 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Santana Moss was the teams leading receiver with four receptions for 46 yards. Fred Davis and Josh Morgan both had three receptions each and Leonard Hankerson had two receptions.

Linebacker Perry Riley led the way for the defense with 13 tackles (6 solo). Safety Madieu Williams had 12 tackles (8 solo) to go along with his pick-six. London Fletcher had 11 tackles (6 solo), as well.

The newest Redskins, Kai Forbath, was perfect on the day. He finished 1/1 on field goal attempts and 5/5 on extra point attempts.

Next week, the Redskins play the first NFC East division game against the New York Giants in New York. Last season, the Redskins swept the season series against the Giants. Kickoff is set for 1 PM EST on Fox.

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