The Minnesota Vikings won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. The Washington Redskins kicked the ball short to avoid the dangerous Cordarrelle Patterson and give the Vikings decent field position early. After a first down on a pass to John Carlson, quarterback Christian Ponder attempted to hit Greg Jennings on a deep ball on 3rd-and-14, but wound up being intercepted by Brandon Merriweather, who took the pick back to midfield.
The Redskins wasted little time moving the ball down the field. The Vikings appeared to possibly have the Redskins stopped, but Xavier Rhodes was called for a pass interference on third down, giving the Redskins 1st-and-goal at the 1-yard line. However, the Redskins were unable to punch it in from there, and Washington had to settle for a 20-yard Kai Forbath field goal to make it 3-0.
Another short kickoff gave the Vikings decent field position again, and put together a very nice drive. A big completion to John Carlson. . .yes, John Carlson. . .coupled with a roughing the passer penalty on the Redskins put the Vikings into the red zone, and Adrian Peterson handled things from there with an 18-yard touchdown run. The extra point from Blair Walsh made it 7-3 in favor of the home team.
The Redskins took over again, and the Vikings' defense once again put up little resistance. A huge pass from Robert Griffin III to Leonard Hankerson and a big run by Alfred Morris pushed the Redskins into the red zone, and RGIII completed the drive with an 8-yard pass to Pierre Garcon to put the Redskins back on top, 10-7.
That's where we stand right now, as the Vikings are looking at 1st-and-10 from the Redskins 41-yard line as we move to the second quarter of play.
The Vikings are trying to hang tough with the Redskins so far. Can they get better and pull out a victory?