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Vikings vs. Redskins: Minnesota falls to Washington, 38-26

The Vikings came back to make it a close game in the fourth quarter, but Robert Griffin III was just too much. The Redskins won, 38-26.

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Robert Griffin III keys Washington win, 38-26

The Washington Redskins held off a late rally by the Minnesota Vikings to win 38-26 on Sunday. The Vikings got back into the game with two Christian Ponder touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but a 76-yard touchdown run by Robert Griffin III with 2:43 remaining put the game away for the Redskins.

The two teams were having a field goal contest in the first half before the Redskins scored two touchdowns in 13 seconds with less than three minutes left in the half. Alfred Morris ran in the first, and Griffin threw a touchdown pass to Darrel Young one play after a Christian Ponder fumble.

Washington kept the momentum going through halftime, and appeared to have the game put away when Madieu Williams took back a Ponder interception 24 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-12. However, the Vikings didn't quit, and Ponder threw two touchdown passes down the stretch in the fourth quarter to make it a one possession game. It wasn't meant to be, though, as Griffin put the game away with this long touchdown run to make it 38-26:


The Vikings took the ball down to the doorstep of the Redskins' end zone, but Ponder was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall with 22 seconds left to ice the game.

Fantasy Stud: RGIII was pretty darn good in this game. He went 17-22 for 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

But did they cover? Minnesota was favored by two, so they did not cover the spread.

Injury Info: Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson took some knocks in this game, but were able to keep playing. Griffin didn't appear to be suffering any ill effects from his concussion last week.

What's next? Next week, the Redskins travel to New York to take on the Giants, and the Vikings play host to the Cardinals.

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Jerome Simpson out for Vikings vs. Redskins

After leaving last week's game with a concussion, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III is active for the Redskins, but he will be without one of his top targets as wide receiver Pierre Garcon is inactive.

Garcon has been working his way back from a foot injury suffered in the season opener, but endured a setback during Friday's practice and will now miss his third game of the season. After missing the second and third games of the season, Garcon played the last two weeks, despite being limited. Leonard Hankerson is expected to start in place of Garcon.

The Vikings will also be without a wide receiver, as Jerome Simpson is inactive with a back injury. An MRI early in the week revealed the injury, but he returned to practice later in the week. Simpson was limited on both Thursday and Friday with Minnesota waiting to see how his back felt on Sunday.

In addition to Garcon, the Redskins will also be without cornerback Cedric Griffin and safety Brandon Meriweather. Griffin will miss his second straight game while Meriweather is yet to play this season with a knee injury. Complete inactives for both teams can be found below.


McLeod Bethel-Thompson, QB
Brandon Burton, DB
Marvin Mitchell, OLB
Mistral Raymond, SS
Jerome Simpson, WR
Jarius Wright, WR
Mark Asper, OL


Pierre Garcon, WR
Adam Gettis, G
Cedric Griffin, DB
Rex Grossman, QB
Josh LeRibeus, G
Brandon Meriweather, DB
Doug Worthington, DT


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Everson Griffen out after mother's passing

The Vikings received a somber reminder that football is only a small part of life on Wednesday.

Defensive end Everson Griffen was called up to the coach's office during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon when Eden Prairie police told him of the tragic news: his mother had passed away.

Griffen's mother was in town visiting her son, according to Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier. The death was very unexpected, as Frazier told 1500 ESPN:

As you can imagine, it was tough. There was nothing that could have prepared him for that news. He wasn't here (Thursday). I'm not sure what his status will be going forward. Our prayers as an organization, as well as his teammates, are with him and his family. This is a difficult time for him, as you can imagine, and we'll be there to support him as best we can...

He loved his mom, like we all do. And to have no clue that something like this was on the horizon it was tough. It's still tough, obviously.

Griffen has already been visited by several Vikings players and coaches offering their condolences on his sudden, tragic loss. As for when Griffen rejoins the team, Frazier said that it's totally up to the player to decide when he's ready:

It's purely up to him when, there's no timetable, I explained that to him (Wednesday)...He needs to go through the grieving process properly and don't be thinking about football. Just doing whatever he needs to do away from football. His mom was very, very close to him. This is going to be a tough deal for him.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Everson Griffen on what's surely a very hard time in his life.


Adrian Peterson to play through ankle sprain

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Most experts pick Vikings over Redskins

Most NFL experts have selected the Minnesota Vikings to beat the Washington Redskins when the two meet on Sunday in D.C.

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