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The Redskins coach and quarterback used the words “disheartening,” “disappointing,” and “dispiriting” to describe the 37-28 loss in Minneapolis.
And falling to a team with only one win was all of that. There was plenty to dissect and learn from this loss and now they’ll have a mini-bye week in which to do just that. Now, the question is whether they can do what they did last year: go on a 7-0 run and win the division. Can that history repeat itself? The Redskins have to hope so. Their next game, Nov. 17, is an NFC East encounter with the Eagles in Philadelphia.
Thanks for joining us. We’ll see you back here on the live blog in 10 days.
Robert Griffin III took a physical beating in the loss to the Vikings and, as one would expect, he shrugged it off.
“I got hit a lot, but it’s football,” he said in his postgame presser (via CSN Washington).
“We’ve got to find ways to win games. We didn’t do it. We won the yardage battle, won the turnover battle, threw the ball well, our receivers — everybody blocked well there. We had a couple of drives there in the third quarter that didn’t go our way. We can’t have those drives and we can’t let that swing the momentum for the rest of the game. It felt like we were in control. When you walk off the field with a loss, it’s very disheartening, but I don’t think anybody on this team’s going to quit.”
In the third quarter, momentum swung Minnesota’s way and the Vikings turned a 24-14 deficit into a 28-27 lead.
“You could say maybe that they got better at playing some things, but at the end of the day we had some breakdowns that we can’t have in those situations. It’s sad. And it hurts. This loss definitely hurts. We’ve got to pick it back up. We’ve got a mini-bye week coming up here, not playing on Sunday, and I think all the guys will come back ready to work. I think we have no other option.”
The Redskins lost their third-down mojo in the second half, which was part of the reason they fell, 34-27.
“We were on fire on third down early in the game,” Griffin said, “and it’s not very often that you go, what, 9 of 10 on third downs at any point in any game. We were on fire and it was bound to come down a little bit, but in the moments that it did, we didn’t need it to based on the way the game was going. That’s just unfortunate.”
Now what? Griffin was asked if he’s sick of people reminding him the team was 3-6 at this point a year ago, too.
“I didn’t want us to be 3-6. Obviously, I wanted us to be 4-5, but if anybody needs something to believe in, they can look at last year and see what we did. I think everybody believes….these guys, this is their job. They do this for a living and they also do it because they love the game. We’ve got to make sure we don’t lose that love sitting at 3-6 because that love for the game helped us go on that 7-0 run last year.”
RGIII said he is “definitely shocked” that the team is 3-6, but believes the team can win “just because of the way we’ve played. We can score points. We can put points up. Our defense has played well at times this year. We just need it all to come together, all to click for us. The only thing to do is keep pushing forward. What’s a man to do when he goes to work every day, puts his all into it and still comes up short? He still goes to work the next day. And we’ve got to do that.”
After taking a 24-14 lead at halftime, the Redskins scored only one field goal and were stopped from forcing overtime at the goal line. Coach Mike Shanahan kept returning to one word: disappointing.
“It’s disappointing. It’s disappointing. You go back to work to make sure you get it done. There’s a lot of good things that happened in that game, but we’re going to reflect on the things that we did poorly because you have to find a way to win those games. It was really disappointing because we could have pulled that thing out.”
The Redskins are 3-6 and, if there’s any consolation, it’s that they were in the same spot a year ago. At that point, Shanahan tersely said he’d start evaluating players and, from there, the team won out the rest of the regular season.
“If there is something encouraging after a loss like that, they understand where we’re at. We did dig a hole because we should have pulled this one out today. Credit them [the Vikings]. They found a way to come back in that second half. They had a bunch of injuries and they still found a way to get it done. Credit to them and disappointment to us. We’ll come back Monday ready to go and play our last seven games after a few days’ rest and hopefully we’ll be healthy.”
Santana Moss came close, but couldn’t get his second foot down inbounds in the end zone.
(Major props to the NFL Network cameraman who was taken out on the play.)
Washington benefits from a puzzling Vikings timeout in the final seconds but can’t convert on fourth down and goal in a 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Redskins fall to 3-6 and miss a golden opportunity to pull within a game of the division leading Dallas Cowboys.
Santana Moss’s catch in the end zone is out of bounds, and the Redskins turn over the ball on downs with 26 seconds to play.
Never leave home without it.
Robert Griffin III runs around right end for 12 yards and a first down with 1:54 let in regulation.
After the two-minute warning, the Redskins face fourth and one in need of a touchdown to tie.
Washington is out of timeouts as it seeks to tie game in fourth quarter.
Blair Walsh boots a 40-yard field goal with 3:36 to play to give Vikings a 34-27 lead. Minnesota has scored 20 straight points.
With 3:40 left in regulation and trailing 31-27, Redskins can’t stop clock on their own the rest of the way.
Robert Griffin III has been sacked a season-high four times, three of which have come on the Redskins’ last five snaps.
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall passed his concussion tests and is back in the game.
Kevin Williams leads a jailbreak on a third-down blitz to sack Robert Griffin III, forcing the Redskins to punt.
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is being evaluated for a concussion suffered on the collision that kept Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder out of the end zone and knocked him out of the game with a shoulder injury.
Blair Walsh connects on a 39-yard field goal with 9:54 left in regulation, and the Vikings take a 31-27 lead.
Matt Cassel comes in at quarterback for Christian Ponder, who went to the locker room after hurting his hand.
Kevin Williams sacks Robert Griffin III for the second time for a 10-yard loss, then gets sacked on third down and 17.
Washington has the ball at its 28 after an 18-yard pass from Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garcon for a first down.
Adrian Peterson scores untouched on a one-yard run to pout the Vikings in front of the Redskins, 28-27, with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.
Vikings QB Christian Ponder runs 14 yards to the 1 and dives toward the goal line with the ball extended, but DeAngelo Hall hits his right hand, and the ball comes out and rolls out of bounds before breaking the plane. Vikings have first and goal at the 1, but Ponder left the field in pain.
Washington tried to fake a punt on fourth and three, but two things went wrong. First the Redskins were called for a false start, and then intended receiver Niles Paul never turned around when punter Sav Rocca threw the ball his way. The Redskins ended up punting.
Despite a ragged first half, the Vikings are right back in the game thanks to a 74-yard drive in nine plays in which Adrian Peterson was used mostly as decoy in play-action. QB Christian Ponder was able to extend plays with his legs too.
John Carlson catches 28-yard touchdown from Christan Ponder, and the Vikings get within 27-21 with 4:32 left in the third quarter.
Kai Fortbath’s 40-yard field goal caps opening drive of second half for Redskins, who lead 27-14 with 9:22 left in 3Q.
Vikings DT Kevin Williams sacks Robert Griffin III, who loses his helmet while going to the ground.
Alfred Morris carries for 14 yards to the Washington 36, has 104 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Washington begins at its 20-yard line.
Not much to analyze here, except to say Robert Griffin III is all the way back to full health, and Alfred Morris has gaping holes through which to run. That has allowed Washington to mix the run and pass to near perfection on the way to 288 total yards and possessing the ball for 20 minutes 40 seconds. The Vikings, meantime, inexplicably continue to limit touches for Adrian Peterson, who had seven first-half carries.
The Redskins may have driven down the field for a touchdown right before halftime, but no one liked a shot Robert Griffin III took as he carried the ball to the Vikings’ 1-yard line.
Looking 100 percent healthy, Robert Griffin II has three touchdown passes, and the Redskins have been able to move the ball virtually at will against the Minnesota Vikings in the first half. Pierre Garcon has four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Alfred Morris added 88 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Judd Zulgad knows it’s gonna be a long night:
Robert Griffin III throws third touchdown pass, this one from one yard to Logan Paulsen, for a 24-14 lead with 10 seconds left in the first half.
Washington has second and goal from the 13.
Santana Moss catches 13-yard pass to the Vikings 8.
Washington is at the Minnesota 48 at the two-minute warning and has two timeouts left until halftime.
Redskins will get the ball back with roughly four minutes left in the first half.
From the comments:
gringoinmexico: “Garcon runs mad”
RLBIII: “He just trucked a safety and an LB!”
NosferatusCoffin: “PG playing angry. Love it”
freakzilla: “Garcon is all knees and elbows when he runs. I love it.”
patljr7: “Best part about Garcon is he doesnt bs when he gets the ball, he goes north”
KellyinBC: “Garcon just punked that DB hard”
bailinnumberguy: “The waiter’s getting it done.”
Robert Griffin III caps 80-yard drive with 11-yard touchdown throw to Jordan Reed to give Redskins 17-14 lead with 5:02 left until halftime.
It looked to a lot of people as if Jared Allen dived at the legs of Robert Griffin III. There was no penalty on the play and, afterward, Allen said something to Griffin.
Redskins WR Pierre Garcon catches short pass, then runs over multiple defenders deep into Vikings territory.
Looking like a …
Christian Ponder completes a two-yard touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson with 12:59 left in 2Q to give Vikings 14-10 lead.
Perry Riley called for unnecessary roughness, giving Vikings first and goal at the 2.
Behind balanced offense, Vikings are inside the Redskins 10.
But Vikings are on the move at the Redskins 41 when play resumes following the TV break.
You might not like what you see:
Mike Mayock’s NFL Network call on RGIII hitting his stride with a TD pass to Pierre Garcon:
“He throws the ball so effortlessly, it’s beautiful.”
Robert Griffin III completes eight-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon for 10-7 with 1:17 left in the 1Q.
Alfred Morris blows through a hole around the right side for 26 yards.
RGIII completes seven-yard pass to Jordan Reed on third and three to move the chains.
Redskins come back after the break facing third down and three from their 26 with 3:46 left in 1Q.
Eric Stangel, executive producer and writer for “Late Show with David Letterman” and Chargers fan, raises a fair point.
Adrian Peterson carries around the left side from 18 yards for a touchdown to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead with 5:10 left in 1Q.
Chris Baker hits Christian Ponder late after a long completion, setting up Vikings at the Redskins 15.
The Redskins settle for three and abandon the run as they near the goal line. This pleases very few people.
Redskins tried play-action on second down from the 1 instead of handing off to Alfred Morris. A little overthinking there, don’t you think?
Washington is unable to convert from the Vikings 1, so they settle for Kai Forbath’s 20-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 8:16 left in 1Q.
Vikings called for pass interference in end zone, setting up Washington at the 1.
Brandon Meriweather cleanly intercepted a Christian Ponder pass, which surprised no one.
RGIII completes eight-yard pass to Leonard Hankerson on third down and three.
Brandon Meriweather intercepts Christian Ponder, who threw into double-coverage. Horrible decision from Ponder. Redskins take over at their 49.
Brian Orakpo drops Christian Ponder on second down. Held ball way too long.
Redskins PK Kai Forbath pooch kicks to keep ball away from Cordarelle Patterson. Vikes start at their 28.
It is, after all, Salute to Service night.
Josh Freeman was healthy on Sunday, but was on the Vikings’ inactive list.
Tonight, though, he’s among Minnesota’s “it takes a village” cast of three active QBs. Christian Ponder will start and Matt Cassel is the No. 2 QB based on pregame snaps. Freeman has played in one game since joining the Vikings and had a 40.6 passer rating against the New York Giants.
The Vikings’ inactives are Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford, Matt Asiata, Phil Loadholt, Charlie Johnson, Kyle Rudolph and Fred Evans.
Darrel Young, Sunday’s big star, trots off the field.
Another guy who’s kind of a big deal signs some autographs:
Per the Redskins:
The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Vikings:
For the Washington Redskins:
● QB Rex Grossman
● RB Chris Thompson
● S Jose Gumbs
● OLB Brandon Jenkins
● G Josh LeRibeus
● TE Fred Davis
● NT Chris Neild
No. 85 Leonard Hankerson is expected to start in place of No. 15 Joshua Morgan at wide receiver.
This is bad news for Fred Davis, however:
Hope that doghouse is heated.
This one’s for Jason Woodmansee, who’s probably stuck in traffic in San Diego and won’t see it. Nonetheless, he is obsessed with the color of the Redskins’ pants each week.
(Ixnay on that OT thing…)
Everybody has his or her own way of getting ready for the game. (Just read the comments section…)
It’s “Salute to Service” night at a place where there’s a fair amount of DC-related history.
Welcome to The Washington Post’s live Redskins blog breaking down tonight’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is at 8:25 p.m. from Minneapolis, where the Redskins are seeking to move within a game of the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. Whether you’re posting your thoughts, discussing the game with other fans or simply following along for updates on scoring and big plays, you’ve come to the right place for all your Redskins-Vikings needs.
Some reading to get you started: