Dwayne Haskins throws an interception (2:05 third quarter): The Redskins failed to make Minnesota pay for its fourth-down gamble. Two plays after Washington’s defensive stand, Haskins, who entered the game at the start of the third quarter after starter Case Keenum suffered a concussion in the first half, threw an interception. The rookie first-round pick was looking for Terry McLaurin over the middle, but his pass was high and deflected off McLaurin’s fingertips and into the arms of former Virginia star Anthony Harris at the Washington 19-yard line.
Cole Holcomb forces a fumble (12:38 first quarter): On second and three from the Minnesota 43-yard-line on the game’s first possession, Cousins found wide receiver Stefon Diggs wide open over the middle. Diggs made the catch and darted into Redskins territory before rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb knocked the ball from his grasp. Ryan Anderson recovered Diggs’s third lost fumble this season at the Washington 25-yard line.
Case Keenum loses a fumble (9:04 first quarter): Rather than capitalize on Minnesota’s early turnover, the Redskins gave the ball right back. One play after avoiding the rush and connecting with Wendell Smallwood to convert on third-and-long near midfield, Keenum dropped back and had the ball knocked loose by Minnesota’s Danielle Hunter. Shemar Stephen recovered Keenum’s fumble at the Washington 46-yard line, and the short field led to a Vikings field goal.
Case Keenum decides not to run (14:08 second quarter): A pass interference penalty in the end zone on cornerback Xavier Rhodes gave the Redskins a first and goal at the Minnesota 2-yard line on their second possession. After an incompletion and an Adrian Peterson carry for a loss of one, Washington called another pass play on third down. With no one open, Keenum stepped up and appeared to have room to scramble for a touchdown but instead threw an incompletion at the feet of Trey Quinn. Minnesota declined Brandon Scherff’s holding penalty on the play, and the Redskins settled for a short field goal.
Jonathan Allen sacks Kirk Cousins on third and goal (8:11 second quarter): Both teams struggled in the red zone in the first half. Two plays after Redskins defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis sacked Cousins on first and goal, Allen brought down his former teammate for a loss of eight. Dan Bailey’s ensuing field goal gave the Vikings a 6-3 lead.
Dalvin Cook scores before halftime (0:11 second quarter): With two timeouts remaining, Cousins handed the ball off to Dalvin Cook on third and goal from the Washington 4-yard line just before halftime. Cook, the NFL’s leading rusher, who had three catches for 51 yards on the drive, barreled up the middle and reached the ball across the goal line for his ninth rushing touchdown of the season.
Kirk Cousins connects with Stefon Diggs (12:00 third quarter): On third and nine from the Minnesota 10-yard line on the Vikings’ first drive of the second half, Cousins dropped back and lofted a pass down the right sideline. It settled into the arms of Diggs, who beat cornerback Josh Norman on the play. Redskins safety Jeremy Reaves was flagged for unnecessary roughness after leading with his helmet as he brought down Diggs, which tacked on another 15 yards. The drive ended in a Vikings field goal.
Final: Vikings 19, Redskins 9
- Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 26 passes for 285 yards. His counterpart, Case Keenum, was 12 for 16 for 130 yards in the first half, but suffered a concussion and was replaced by rookie Dwayne Haskins in the second half. Haskins was 3 for 5 for 33 yards and one costly interception.
- Minnesota didn’t punt in a game for the first time since 2004.
- Adrian Peterson rushed for 76 yards on 14 carries. He passed Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson and moved into sixth place on the all-time rushing list.
- Stefon Diggs led all receivers with seven catches for 143 yards.
Minnesota is burning clock: The Redskins went three-and-out after Minnesota took a 10-point lead. At the 2-minute warning, the Vikings were in the midst of a nearly 7-minute drive. (Vikings 19, Redskins 9, 2:00 Fourth Quarter)
Vikings take a two-score lead: Dan Bailey’s fourth field goal, a 40-yarder, extended the Vikings’ lead to 10 after a 12-play drive that burned more than six minutes off the clock. (Vikings 19, Redskins 9, 10:36 Fourth Quarter)
Dwayne Haskins throws an interception: For the second time in the game, the Redskins’ offense turned the ball over after the defense made a key play. On second-and-6 from the Minnesota 30, Haskins threw too high for Terry McLaurin on a crossing route over the middle. The ball deflected off McLaurin’s fingers and into the hands of former Virginia star Ant Harris. (Vikings 16, Redskins 9, 1:59 Third Quarter)
Washington makes a fourth-down stop: Minnesota Coach Mike Zimmer left his offense on the field on fourth-and-1 from the Vikings’ 34-yard line late in the third quarter. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Kirk Cousins was stuffed for no gain on a quarterback sneak, with Daron Payne leading the charge for the Redskins defense. (Vikings 16, Redskins 9, 2:41 Third Quarter)
Redskins get three back: Dustin Hopkins drilled a 43-yard field goal, his third of the night, to pull the Redskins within seven. Hopkins’s kick capped a 50-yard drive that was all Adrian Peterson. The former Vikings running back had a 21-yard catch and a 29-yard run that moved him past LaDainian Tomlinson and Jerome Bettis and into sixth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. (Vikings 16, Redskins 9, 5:11 Third Quarter)
Vikings extend lead: After Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins went three-and-out on their opening possession of the second half, the Vikings mounted a 10-play, 82-yard drive that was capped by a short Dan Bailey field goal. The key play on the march was Kirk Cousins’s 39-yard pass to Stefon Diggs, who beat Josh Norman, on third-and-9 from the Minnesota 10. Redskins safety Jeremy Reaves was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play for leading with his helmet as he tackled Diggs after the catch. (Vikings 16, Redskins 6, 8:36 Third Quarter)
Dwayne Haskins in at quarterback for Washington: At the start of the third quarter, FOX reported that Redskins quarterback Case Keenum was being evaluated for a concussion and was questionable to return. Rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins took the field on Washington’s first possession of the third quarter. (Vikings 13, Redskins 6, Start of Third Quarter)
Halftime: Vikings 13, Redskins 6
Kirk Cousins was 12 for 13 for 173 yards for the Vikings. Case Keenum was 12 for 16 for 130 yards for the Redskins. Both teams struggled in the red zone and traded field goals before Minnesota’s touchdown drive late in the second quarter.
Vikings score game’s first touchdown just before halftime: Facing third-and-goal from the Washington 4 out of a timeout with 11 seconds remaining in the first half, Minnesota handed the ball to Dalvin Cook, who barreled up the middle for his ninth rushing touchdown of the season. Cook had three catches for 51 yards on the seven-play, 75 yard drive. (Vikings 13, Redskins 6, 0:07 Second Quarter)
Redskins tie the game on short field goal: Washington’s best drive of the game ended with a 30-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Case Keenum completed passes to four different receivers on the 11-play, 63-yard march, including one to backup tight end Hale Hentges that gave the Redskins a first-and-goal at the Minnesota 10. Keenum was sacked on second-and-goal from the Minnesota 5 before his attempted screen pass to Wendell Smallwood was broken up by linebacker Eric Kendricks. (Redskins 6, Vikings 6, 1:57 Second Quarter)
Defense forces Vikings to settle for another field goal: Minnesota mounted an impressive drive on its third possession, marching to the Washington 10-yard line on eight plays, including a 34-yard catch-and-run by Stefon Diggs. Matt Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen sacked Kirk Cousins on two of the next three plays before Dan Bailey’s 29-yard field goal gave the Vikings a three-point lead. Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar injured his hamstring during the drive and was listed as questionable to return. (Vikings 6, Redskins 3, 7:26 Second Quarter)
Redskins tie the game with a short field goal: A pass interference penalty in the end zone on Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes gave Washington a first and goal at the Minnesota 2-yard line. Case Keenum threw incomplete on first down before Adrian Peterson lost a yard. On third down, Keenum dropped back to pass and appeared to have room to tuck the ball and run, but instead threw incomplete to Trey Quinn. The Redskins ultimately settled for a 21-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. (Redskins 3, Vikings 3, 14:00 Second Quarter)
Case Keenum off to a hot start: He lost a fumble earlier in the quarter, but the Redskins quarterback completed his first seven passes for 74 yards. Paul Richardson Jr. had three catches for 34 yards in the first quarter, while rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin had two catches for 23 yards. Washington was approaching Minnesota’s red zone as the quarter ended. (Vikings 3, Redskins 0, End of First Quarter)
Vikings take a 3-0 lead: After an eight-play drive that included a fourth-down conversion by Dalvin Cook, Washington’s defense forced Minnesota to settle for a field goal. Dan Bailey tied a season-long with a 50-yarder to give the Vikings the early lead. (Vikings 3, Redskins 0, 5:20 First Quarter)
Washington gives the ball right back with a fumble: One play after Case Keenum scrambled and found Wendell Smallwood along the sideline for a first down, the Redskins’ quarterback had the ball stripped by Danielle Hunter. Shamar Stephen recovered for the Vikings at the Washington 46-yard line. (Redskins 0, Vikings 0, 8:57 First Quarter)
Redskins force a turnover: The Redskins won the toss and elected to defer, giving the Vikings the ball first. On first down from the Minnesota 38, Kirk Cousins completed a pass over the middle to a wide open Stefon Diggs. As he ran after the catch, the wide receiver and former Maryland star had the ball stripped by rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb. It was recovered at the Washington 25-yard line by Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson. For Diggs, it was his fourth fumble and third fumble lost this season. (Redskins 0, Vikings 0, 12:24 First Quarter)
As expected, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, who suffered an ankle injury against the 49ers on Sunday, is active against this former team. In the secondary, Washington will be without safety Montae Nicholson, but cornerback Josh Norman returns after missing last week’s game.