The Washington Redskins fell to 5-6 on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 17-13 game to the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
The Redskins rushed for just 29 yards, averaged 2.2 yards per carry, tallied only 10 first downs. Here are some post game notes from the locker room after Washington dropped its third straight home game.
1. Mike Shanahan said he removed RG Artis Hicks from the game based on his performance, not because of his health. Shanahan said that he went to Will Montgomery after Hicks missed a block.
2. Carlos Rogers, who missed last week’s game with a strained hamstring, strained his other hamstring.
3. Several Redskins defenders said that they though their unit relaxed after Adrian Peterson got hurt rather than gearing up for Toby Gerhart. The result was a 76-yard game and a time-crunching performance for Gerhart.
4. Brian Orakpo tallied a sack. He’s got at least eight in each of the past two seasons. The last Redskins defender to do that was Ken Harvey in 1996 and 1997.
5. Perry Riley left the locker room without talking to the media about a block-in-the-back call he was charged with that negated a touchdown that would have given the Redskins a fourth quarter lead. He was reached via phone by Redskins PR, though. He said he feels “terrible” and that the penalty came on a play where he was hustling and had good intentions.
6. Phillip Buchanon said that the Redskins won’t view the loss as a setback that will prohibit them from making the playoffs. “We just need to go on a run. We’ve got to string some wins together.”
7. Donovan McNabb on an underthrown deep ball to Anthony Armstrong: “I didn’t want to overthrow him. Maybe I pulled the string a little bit.” Armstrong was open up top. Had McNabb have led him, he may have scored. Instead, he had to come back to the ball and make a sliding catch.
8. Armstrong had over 40 receiving yards for the eighth straight game. The last Redskins receiver to do that was Santana Moss in 2005.
9. Santana Moss took full blame for both of his dropped passes. He also took the heat for Donovan McNabb’s only interceptions, which bounced off of his facemask and into the arms of a Vikings defender.
10. Rocky McIntosh led the Redskins with 9 tackles. He seemed to be everywhere. Reed Doughty also had a strong game for Washington’s defense, making 8 tackles including two stops in the Vikings’ backfield.