Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings 11/7/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Minnesota Vikings 34, Washington Redskins 27
November 7, 2013
Kicking off the Week 10 festivities on “Thursday Night Football” were the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings. Neither team’s record was a source of much confidence--the Vikings came into this game with just one win, and the Redskins sat two games under .500--but you can pretty much throw the win-loss columns out during a primetime game. All things considered, we ended up with a very entertaining game overall, and the result came down to the final seconds.
Let’s take a look at the key statistics and noteworthy players from the game and try to determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to Week 11 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Both teams traded punches early on. Minnesota was the first to get into the end zone, with an 18-yard Adrian Peterson run in the first quarter. Washington struck back soon after with an 8-yard Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garcon hookup for a 10-7 Vikings lead after one. In the second quarter, Minnesota reclaimed the lead on a 2-yard Christain Ponder pass to Cordarrelle Patterson, but then the Redskins rattled off a pair of scores on the strength of Griffin’s arm for a 24-14 halftime lead. Washington had scored on each of their first five possessions and taken advantage of some sloppy tackling by Minnesota.
Early in the third, a field goal would make it 27-14, but that would be the largest lead the ‘Skins would get. The Vikings responded with two more touchdowns in the quarter, one on a Ponder pass to John Carlson and one on another Peterson run. They would add two more field goals in the fourth quarter and cement the 34-27 win on a final defensive stand that kept Washington out of the end zone.
The win brings the Vikings to 2-7 overall, while the 3-6 Redskins are seeing their division championship aspirations float further and further away.
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The Stars: Peterson helped carry his team once again, posting 75 rush yards on 20 carries along with his two touchdowns. He’s now fifth on the all-time NFL list for rush yards in the first seven seasons. Ponder’s passing efficiency helped out quite a bit, with a 17-of-21 line for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The main beneficiary was John Carlson, who had a resurgent evening with seven receptions for 98 yards and a TD.
On the other side, Griffin played pretty well, with a 24-of-37 line for 281 and three scores. Alfred Morris (26 carries; 139 yards) and Pierre Garcon (seven receptions; 119 yards; one TD) helped out on that end.
The Goats: No one came into this one expecting to see a heavy-handed defensive battle, so it was no surprise that the Redskins racked up 433 yards of offense, and the Vikings 307. The glaring issues Washington had were with penalties (eight for 63 yards) and sacks (four for 39 yards lost; just one for five yards while on defense).
Injuries: This is a bad week for QB shoulders. Ponder dislocated his in the third quarter and wouldn’t return, paving the way for Matt Cassel to finish the game. We’ll have to wait for the usual round of testing and see if he’s available for next week. For the record, Ponder says he’ll be fine.
Otherwise, the teams emerged from the game without further compounding their injury issues.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 11, the Redskins will jump back into the NFC East fray with a road game against the Eagles. (Sunday, November 17, 1:00 ET on FOX)
As for the Vikings, they’ll get the unenviable task of heading to Seattle to face the Seahawks. (Sunday, November 17, 4:25 PM ET on FOX)
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