Holding a 28-17 halftime lead over the Washington Redskins, the Minnesota Vikings got to receive the second half kickoff. The kickoff from Nick Rose went to Marcus Sherels, and Sherels brought the ball to the Minnesota 28-yard line to start the first Vikings’ drive of the second half. After picking up an initial first down, Case Keenum once again found Adam Thielen deep, hitting him for a 49-yard gain down to the Washington 12-yard line. Three plays later, Keenum found Jarius Wright. . .yeah, Jarius Wright. . .for a 7-yard touchdown pass. That was Keenum’s fourth touchdown pass of the afternoon, and the Vikings extended their lead to 18 points at 35-17 early in the third.
Chris Thompson took the kickoff from Forbath and returned it to the Washington 28-yard line for the Redskins’ first possession of the second half. Kirk Cousins got a big third down conversion, finding Vernon Davis to move the chains. Chris Thompson then took a handoff into Minnesota territory for a 14-yard gain to the 45. Cousins then found Jamison Crowder for a big 35-yard completion down to the Minnesota 4-yard line, and the Redskins found themselves with a first-and-goal. Fortunately, thanks to Crowder dropping a couple of passes, the Redskins had to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Nick Rose to cut the lead to 35-20.
Rose’s kickoff went for a touchback, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 25. Minnesota got a big third-down conversion as Keenum found Stefon Diggs for a 16-yard gain to the Minnesota 45, and Jerick McKinnon then carried the ball into Washington territory for nine more yards. Minnesota then got another nice third down conversion thanks to Thielen, who took a quick screen for nine yards. On the next third down, however, Keenum made his first big mistake of the afternoon, as he floated one for. . .somebody. . .and it wound up in the hands of Washington safety D.J. Swearinger for an interception. Honestly, I have no idea where Keenum was throwing the pass, as it wasn’t anywhere near a Viking. The turnover gave the Redskins the ball at their own 20-yard line.
Washington quickly moved into Minnesota territory on a pass to Samaje Perine that took them to the Minnesota 36. Minnesota then pushed the Redskins to a 4th-and-6 from the Minnesota 32, and Washington lined up to go for it again. However, Brian Robison got a hand on the football, and it fell harmlessly to the turf for a turnover on downs.
As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at a 2nd-and-10 from their own 32-yard line.
Fifteen minutes of football left at FedEx Field, and the Minnesota Vikings hold a 35-20 lead over the Washington Redskins. Can they hold on for their fifth consecutive victory?