RG3, Washington, Too Much For Vikings 38-26
The Washington Redskins snapped a long home losing streak and at the same time, stopped the Minnesota Vikings win streak Sunday afternoon with a 38-26 win.
Washington QB Robert Griffin III shook off a concussion last Sunday to lead his team to a convincing win. Trailing 9-0 early, Washington rallied for the next 24 points including the first score of the third quarter. Griffin ran for a score and threw another in that span.
Ex-Viking Madieu Williams intercepted Vikings QB Christian Ponder early in the 4th quarter and took it 24 yards for a touchdown and gave Washington a 31-19 lead. Ponder led Minnesota on two scoring drives, throwing touchdown passes to Michael Jenkins and Kyle Rudolph to pull Minnesota within five at 31-26.
Needing a defensive stop to have a chance, RG3 showed he was worth the number two overall pick in last spring’s draft as he scrambled 76 yards for another TD and the capper on the 38-26 win.
On the day, Griffin threw for 182 yards with the TD and one interception. But he also set a Washington record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 138 yards and two scores on 13 carries.
Ponder was forced to throw 52 times as Minnesota played from behind much of the afternoon, completing 35 passes for 352 yards and two TD’s. But after not throwing an interception in the first four weeks, he’s thrown four in the past two games including the two today. He also fumbled deep in Vikings territory which set up one of Washington’s scores.
Adrian Peterson was nicked up early for the Vikings again, but toughed out 79 yards on 17 carries. Percy Harvin caught 11 passes for 133 yards in the loss.
The 4-2 Vikings return to Mall of America Field in Minneapolis next Sunday at noon to host the Arizona Cardinals who also fell to 4-2 after losing 19-16 to Buffalo.