Postgame snapshot from FedEx Field in Landover, Md., where the Redskins beat the Vikings 38-26.
Good news: The Vikings are not in the NFC East. It’s safe to say they’ll be glad they won’t have to face Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III very often. After a lethargic first quarter, RG3 got into a groove, leading Washington to scores on four straight drives in the second and third quarters. Griffin finished the day 17-for-22 passing for 182 yards. That included a 6-yard touchdown toss to Darrel Young. Griffin also ran the ball 12 times for 139 yards, scoring on a 7-yard run in the third quarter and the electrifying game-sealing 76-yard score with 2:43 left.
Bad news: The Vikings fell apart in the second quarter. Offensively, they had just one first down in three possessions. They were also outgained 115-9 in the quarter. Washington scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-9 halftime lead. That included a pair of touchdowns just 13 seconds apart. After Alfred Morris delivered a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:27 left before halftime, quarterback Christian Ponder lost a fumble on the next play from scrimmage. The Redskins quickly capitalized with the TD pass to Young. Ponder had a shaky outing. He was 35-for-52 for 352 yards with a 9-yard TD toss to Michael Jenkins midway through the fourth quarter. Ponder also had three turnovers, including an atrocious fourth-quarter interception that former Viking Madieu Williams returned for a score to put Washington ahead 31-12.
Extra point: Truth be told, rookie kicker Blair Walsh didn’t make an extra point Sunday. But he did make field goals from 20, 27, 27 and 37 yards. Walsh is now 16-for-17 on field goals this season. He has also produced touchbacks on 23 of his 33 kickoffs.
Next up: The Vikings will host Arizona in Week 7. The Cardinals hosted Buffalo this afternoon and were tied 16-16 in overtime after Jay Feel’s 61-yard field goal at the end of regulation.