The Vikings survived a roller-coaster game against Washington for a 29-26 victory to enter the bye on a positive note.

Teddy Bridgewater had some bad throws and tough moments but he settled down and made plays down the stretch to secure the win.

To me, the key to this win came in significant contributions from a few backups and role players. Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns, a two-point conversion and ran hard near the goal line.

Tight ends Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison made some important catches and helped Bridgewater in the passing game.

Defensive tackle Tom Johnson contributed on a sack on Washington's final drive.

Those players played a critical role in helping the Vikings win and improve to 4-5.

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