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Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


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Halftime report: Redskins 24, Vikings 14

Posted by: Chris Miller under Football on TV, Vikings defense, Vikings offense Updated: November 7, 2013 - 8:53 PM

Washington has a 24-14 halftime lead over the Vikings at the Metrodome, scoring TDs on drives of 77, 78 and 80 yards.

The good:  Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson caught his first NFL TD pass, a 2-yarder from Christian Ponder.

The bad: The Vikings were unable to slow down Robert Griffin III (three touchdown passes) or RB Alfred Morris (88 rushing yards).

The ugly: The Vikings are so banged-up that they weren’t able to find 46 healthy players to dress. They were one short.

Griffin is 16-for-21 for 179 yards and has a 140.7 passer rating. Ponder is 10 of 13 for 85 yards, but had an interception on the opening drive, leading to a Washington field goal.

Adrian Peterson has 44 rushing yards on seven carries, including an 18-yard TD run.

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