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Redskins 38, Vikings 26: Ten Observations | WashingtonExaminer.com
I’ll be honest: I’ve never been sure why Lorenzo Alexander didn’t play a little bit more before Sunday. OK, when Brian Orakpo was healthy it was understandable. But lately? The other guys weren’t getting it done on third down so give the guy a chance.
"Anytime you get man coverage and you have a six man rush and they’re covering the receivers and the quarterback can break through that line like he did," Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said on Griffin III’s run. "He saw a hole and he took off and the rest is history. Great job by him looking at the front and seeing that rushing lane and taking advantage of it."
Alexander recorded a team-high 1.5 sacks, five tackles, four quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery that put Washington in position for its second touchdown of the game.
We knew that the Washington Redskins' offense could be pretty high-flying with Robert Griffin III at the controls, but this was ridiculous. Late in the second quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings, the 'Skins did something pretty rare -- they scored two offensive touchdowns in an 11-second span.
Robert Griffin III — It’s hard to discuss RGIII without gushing (see: Fred Davis calling him Black Jesus), so let’s keep it simple. His line: 17-22, 182 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT passing (for a 97.2 rating) and 138 yards and 2 TD rushing. His new signature play: the 76-yard TD on 3rd-and-6, up five with 2:43 left in the fourth. It was the longest TD run by an NFL quarterback in 16 years, and it was more or less the game-winner.
The announcers in the game talked from the onset about the fact that Jim Haslett had spoke about his defense needing three key turnovers to get the victory against the Vikings. Ask and you shall receive, Madieu Williams had an interception he returned for a touchdown, Lorenzo Alexander was able to recover a fumble by Christian Ponder on a sack, and DeAngelo Hall intercepted Ponder as well in the last seconds of the game.
That the Redskins are a .500 team and only one game behind the first-place Giants, whom they play next week in New Jersey. This was an impressive victory over a Minnesota team that came in 4-1 and playing very well, especially on the defensive front.
The Redskins finished the game 6 of 12 on third down so they were good on six of their last eight attempts. Sometimes success breeds success when it comes to things like this so we’ll see if they can carry it over to the next game.
Redskins react following game with Vikings
Enter new kicker Kai Forbath who, in his NFL debut, did his job to a tee. He got just one field goal attempt Sunday, but by making that 50-yarder in the second quarter, he sparked the Redskins‘ 38-26 comeback victory over the Minnesota Vikings. "If our offense puts us in a position where we can get field goals, we’ve got to put points on the board," Alexander said. "I thought we did a great job of doing that."
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Let's face it, the Redskins were one needy ballclub when they kicked off at FedEx Field against the Minnesota Vikings.
Fred Davis took things to another level, when Comcast SportsNet’s Rob Carlin asked what more you can say about the rookie QB. "You really can’t say much more," Davis said. "I mean, like I said, he’s Black Jesus right now. He saved us today. He’s a great player. He makes plays. And he did what he had to do on that third down. We’ve been talking about him protecting himself a lot more, but he seen an opening and made a play. And what can you say? I mean, he’s a great player."
"That’s behind us," Portis promised. "We squashed it. It’s over and done with. I think working with B-Mitch will be great. I now have an opportunity to learn a lot from B-Mitch, and kind of being in his role now is actually interesting. Now I have to communicate and work with and get tips from this man, learn the ways of the media. Having B-Mitch as a mentor or [receiving] guidance is just showing you a different lane."
One week after having a game to forget, Griffin came back with a very strong all-around game. Even before he broke a 76 yard touchdown run to seal the game late in the 4th quarter, Griffin was having a strong game both running and passing, and had done enough to get the Washington Redskins their first home victory in over a year.
Adrian Peterson: DeAngelo Hall 'slapped me in the face' - NFL.com
Nestled within Washington's 38-26 win over Minnesota, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson accused Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall of some funny business. The two were seen jawing at each other during the game, and Peterson later told Dan Wiederer of The Star Tribune: "He slapped me in the face after a tackle. I was just telling him, 'Hey, don't do me like that brother.' "