In a game of reunions, the Minnesota Vikings prevailed over the Redskins 19-9 as former Vikings Case Keenum and Adrian Peterson couldn’t muster enough offense to get Washington (1-7) back on the winning track.
Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins went 23 for 26 for 285 yards in his first game against his former team after Washington let the former fourth-round pick walk in free agency in 2018. The Vikings weren’t explosive on offense but gained 434 yards, or 6.5 per play, on eight drives.
Keenum went 12 for 16 for 130 yards and lost a fumble in return to Minnesota but wouldn’t return for the second half after suffering a concussion. In his second game of NFL action, rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins went just three for five for 33 yards with an interception and took two sacks for a loss of 14 yards.
Peterson had a solid outing for Washington against the team he spent 10 years with, passing Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson to reach sixth on the all-time rushing yards list. He finished with 14 carries for 76 yards, an average of 5.4 per attempt.
Washington couldn’t slow Minnesota’s tough rushing attack or force a punt, as Minnesota went eight for 15 on third down. Thursday marked the first time since Oct. 17, 2004, that the Vikings didn’t punt.
The Vikings gained 161 rushing yards on 38 carries as Florida State product Dalvin Cook led the team with 23 carries for 98 yards and added five receptions for 73 yards. Cook’s 4-yard touchdown scamper with seven seconds to play in the first half put Minnesota up 13-6 heading into the half and gave the Vikings momentum.
Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins was busy Thursday and netted all three of his field goal attempts. Safety Landon Collins led the defense with 11 tackles.
The Redskins get nine days off before traveling to Buffalo to face the 5-1 Bills. If the season ended today, Washington would have the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.