Washington's penalties help Vikings gain crucial yards

Costly miscues negated a strong effort by Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.


Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III scrambled 12 yards to the Vikings’ 1-yard line to set up a second quarter touchdown on Thursday night. Griffin threw three touchdown passes in his team’s loss.

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The Redskins put up a fight throughout Thursday’s contest against the Vikings. It just wasn’t a beneficial fight and one that some players felt was dirty on the Vikings end.

Vikings guard Brandon Fusco scuffled with the Redskins defense at the end of the first quarter at Mall of America Field on Thursday. Washington continued its undisciplined play from that point on. It resulted in costly penalties the Vikings turned into touchdowns in their 34-27 win over the Redskins.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III had 281 passing yards and ran for 44 yards, but it wasn’t enough as Washington fell to 3-6 in a game where it often lost composure.

Redskins linebacker Perry Riley Jr. was one of three players called for unnecessary roughness or roughing the passer penalty that resulted in a touchdown.

His unnecessary roughness penalty occurred in the second quarter with the Vikings inside the 10-yard line. Following running back Adrian Peterson’s rush, Riley was flagged for retaliation on what would have been a third-and-5. The Vikings scored on the next play when quarterback Christian Ponder found wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson for a 2-yard touchdown to take a 14-10 lead.

“They were doing a lot of cheap stuff out there,” Riley said. “They always say usually the first one that gets caught is the second one. I just lost my cool, and I need to learn to keep my cool in instances like that. But they were doing dirty stuff the whole game.

“They were doing it on special teams and offense. I’m not sure if that’s how they coach but everybody was doing it I feel like. I just happened to retaliate. That’s all me.”

The Redskins entered Thursday’s game with more penalty yards than their opponent in six of their previous eight games. That trend continued against the Vikings with Washington conceding 56 more penalty yards.

“You got a guy shoving you here and there after plays; they’re trying to be intimidating,” Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “It’s a physical game, and it’s kind of hard to dictate what’s going on out there. Sometimes the emotions get the best of you, but we just got to do a better job because we killed ourselves in some key pivotal drives out there. I think that’s something we’re going to address in this short bye week.”

The Vikings took the lead for good in the third quarter, but they started inside Redskins territory due to an unnecessary roughness call on fullback Darrel Young. The five-play, 41-yard drive took just two minutes and ended on a one-yard touchdown from Peterson to give the Vikings a 28-27 lead.

“That’s unacceptable,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “You have to keep your poise. You make mistakes like that so often, they’ll cost you the game.”

On the Vikings’ second drive, Ponder found tight end John Carlson for 21 yards on 3rd and 7. They gained another 15 yards on a roughing the passer call against nose tackle Chris Baker. The Vikings scored two plays later on Peterson’s 18-yard touchdown.

“I thought it was a bad call,” Baker said. “I thought I made a normal form tackle, but I guess they said I led with the crown of my head at the last second.”

Baker said a physical game will result in chippy play, but he felt the Vikings also exceeded the limit with some of their antics after the play.

“It’s just two hungry teams trying to win a game, so it gets chippy,” Baker said. “You try not to get any penalties but you just got to overcome the penalties and try to make a stop.”

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Cleveland 45 3rd Qtr
Indiana 51
Washington 42 3rd Qtr
Philadelphia 47
Golden State 31 2nd Qtr 8:38
Toronto 17
New York 23 2nd Qtr 9:12
Detroit 35
Orlando 25 2nd Qtr 6:43
Atlanta 36
Charlotte 36 2nd Qtr 5:08
Boston 44
LA Clippers 6 1st Qtr 6:12
Memphis 5
Brooklyn 12 1st Qtr 9:10
Houston 2
Miami 13 1st Qtr 6:04
New Orleans 16
Minnesota 8 1st Qtr 7:17
Chicago 11
Utah 8:00 PM
San Antonio 9:00 PM
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Boston 1 2nd Prd 7:16
New Jersey 0
Calgary 0 2nd Prd 8:37
NY Islanders 1
Washington 0 2nd Prd 12:35
Carolina 1
Chicago 0 2nd Prd
Tampa Bay 0
Colorado 7:30 PM
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Siena 63 FINAL
Quinnipiac 73
Harvard 41 2nd Half 1:45
Cornell 48
Penn 33 2nd Half 15:59
Brown 49
Fairfield 33 2nd Half 15:59
Canisius 38
Manhattan 35 2nd Half 16:00
Iona 48
Saint Peters 35 2nd Half 15:51
Marist 50
Princeton 47 2nd Half 12:45
Yale 43
Ohio 11 1st Half 11:41
Akron 9
Dartmouth 9 1st Half 14:36
Columbia 11
Valparaiso 9:00 PM
Cleveland State
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 62 2nd Half 10:05
Xavier 41
Cornell 27 2nd Half 20:00
Harvard 23
Yale 19 2nd Half 14:30
(14) Princeton 45
Elon 35 2nd Half 9:05
Drexel 41
Northeastern 30 2nd Half 15:52
James Madison 43
St Johns 41 2nd Half 12:13
Butler 32
Creighton 57 2nd Half 907
Georgetown 48
Brown 38 2nd Half 11:19
Penn 56
Columbia 29 2nd Half 13:30
Dartmouth 39
Canisius 33 2nd Half 11:27
Siena 39
St Josephs Brooklyn 17 2nd Half
Western Carolina 45 2nd Half 19:48
UNC Greensboro 34
Colorado 11 1st Half 11:42
Arizona 11
Southern Ill 0 1st Half 20:00
Bradley 0
Drake 9 1st Half 15:13
Wichita State 8
Indiana State 10 1st Half 11:14
Evansville 17
Illinois State 0 1st Half 20:00
Loyola-Chicago 0
Northern Iowa 0 1st Half 20:00
Missouri State 0
Utah 7:30 PM
(10) Arizona State
Providence 7:30 PM
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