Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins Recap

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Nov 12, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger (36) intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Vikings won 38-30. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The visiting Minnesota Vikings were victorious over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field by a score of 38 to 30. Most football fans expected a low scoring game, one less than 40 points total. The Vikings played the game after a bye week. They had more time to rest, heal up and prepare for the game. Both teams scored on their opening drives.

The good news for the Redskins was the injured offensive linemen played together for the first time in weeks. However, one could tell that several were still not back to 100 percent by their play. It was also good to see the Redskins score 30 points against one of the top defenses in the NFL and had opportunities to score 10 or 14 points more. Josh Doctson falling down when open in the end zone was an example of an opportunity missed. An intercepted pass from Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins negated another scoring drive and set the Vikings up for a touchdown.

Two interceptions by DJ Swearinger helped put the Redskins back in the game, but the Redskins were 2 of 4 in the red zone while the Vikings were 5 of 5. One must give the Vikings offense credit for a job well done and a good game plan against our defense who had trouble stopping the Vikings. The Redskins had 24 1st downs; the Vikings had less with 21. The total yards were almost even with the Redskins having 394 and the Vikings with 407. Time of possession was also close. The Redskins possessed the ball 28:54 and the Vikings had the ball for 31:06. In my view, the main reason the Redskins lost the game was the missed opportunities and they only had a 3rd down conversion rate of 35.71 percent to the Vikings 66.67 percent. The Redskins defense gave up 21 points in the 2nd quarter which gave the Vikings the momentum.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 26 of 45 passes for 327 yards with 1 touchdown pass, 2 rushing touchdowns, and 1 interception. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum completed 21 of 29 passes for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The Redskins defense was unable to prevent Keenum from connecting with wide receiver Adam Thielen who had 8 catches for 166 yards and a touchdown. Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs four times for 78 yards and a touchdown.

The Washington Redskins record is now 4 wins and 5 losses. The doubters, pouters and do-withouters will give up and say the Redskins will not make the playoffs. Since this team had a chance to win almost every game they lost, even with the vast amount of injuries and toughest schedule, this writer says the Redskins will make the playoffs. That means the Redskins must win 5 of the next 7 games. That would put the Redskins at 9 and 7. If they win 6 of the next 7, their record would be 10 and 6 and probably mean playoffs for sure. The Dallas Cowboys lost their game with Atlanta dominating them 27 to 7, so 2nd place in the NFC East is still within the Redskins’ reach. In the first game of the season, the Redskins played the Cowboys close even though four of our five starting offensive linemen were injured and did not play in that game.

When the Redskins get a few more players back and get healthier on both sides of the ball they will have a chance to win the last seven games. In my view, if they beat the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans next game, they will make the playoffs. The Saints will not score 47 points on the Redskins like they just did against the Buffalo Bills. So keep the faith Redskins fans! “It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.” On to New Orleans and Hail to the Redskins!

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