It certainly isn’t the start they wanted to snap their eight-game home losing streak.
The Washington Redskins (2-3) were outgunned in the first quarter of action of today’s game against the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings (4-1), who needed just 3:29 to put their first score — a field goal — up on the board. The Redskins’ first drive, meanwhile, went nowhere, and was over seemingly right as it started.
But as long as the Redskins’ defense keeps holding the Vikings’ offense to field goals, the Redskins’ offense can play catch-up the rest of the way.
After the first quarter, the Redskins trail the Vikings, 9-0.
The Vikings got the opening kickoff, which was kicked through the back of the end zone by new Redskins kicker Kai Forbath, signed Tuesday by the team.
Two plays later, the Vikings handed the ball off for the first time to Adrian Peterson, who had a 3-yard rush. But on 3rd and 5, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder found tight end Kyle Rudolph wide open to convert the first down, a play in which cornerback Josh Wilson fell down while in coverage.
That play set up a long reception by Percy Harvin, and then Peterson rumbled for 32 yards to the Washington 10-yard line.
Two plays, and after a 5-yard rush by Peterson, the Vikings got to the 2-yard line on a reception by running back Toby Gerhart, setting up a 20-yard field goal by kicker Blair Walsh that quickly gave the Vikings a 3-0 lead after just 3:29. It was a nine-play, 78-yard drive.
The Redskins started their first drive from their own 20 yard line with 11:31 on the clock. On the very first play — a toss to running back Alfred Morris — the rookie was slammed to the ground for a four-yard loss. The next play resulted in another loss on a Morris rush, this time for three yards.
On 3rd and 17, Griffin III’s pass to running back Evan Royster wasn’t nearly enough, and they were forced to punt.
It certainly wasn’t an ideal start for the Redskins’ offense, and the drive didn’t give their defense much time to catch their breath on the sidelines.
That next drive for the Vikings, again, ended up with a field goal, however — this time a 27-yarder by Walsh.
The Redskins had a couple positive plays on their second drive, and on 3rd and 3, Griffin III was flushed out of the pocket and tried to find wide receiver Joshua Morgan along the sidelines, but cornerback Antoine Winfield stepped in front and made an athletic interception — keeping both feet in bounds before falling onto his on sideline — to give his team prime field position on their next drive, which started from the Washington 36-yard line.
On 3rd and 10, Ponder found Michael Jenkins wide open for 19 yards, setting up a 1st and 10 from the 16. Then, on 3rd and 4 from the 10, Gerhart’s run got just one yard, setting up Walsh for his third field goal, again from 27 yards.
The bend-but-not-break mentality of the Redskins’ defense is promising, though it must get better in its pass coverage if it wants to have a chance today.
The Redskins got to the right side of the 50 on their next drive via two passes to tight end Fred Davis, setting up a 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 42 yard line when we begin the second quarter.
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