LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins snapped an eight-game home losing streak with bang.
The prolific rookie slammed the door shut on a Minnesota comeback with a 76-yard rushing touchdown sent the FedEx Faithful into a frenzy and the Redskins topped the Vikings 38-26.
Showing no ill effects of the concussion he sustained one week earlier, Griffin orchestrated three touchdowns in the victory — a six-yard strike to Darrel Young in the second quarter, a seven-yard run in the third and the big run up the sideline to seal the win.
Overall, Griffin was 17-of-22 passing for 182 yards. He added a team-high 138 yards on the ground.
His only flaw came on an ill-time throw to Joshua Morgan that was intercepted in the first quarter.
For the second time in as many weeks, Washington’s defense were able to put points on the board. Safety Madieu Williams returned a Christian Ponder interception 24 yards in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota’s defense was largely able to stymie rookie running back Alfred Morris, who entered Sunday on the heels of two consecutive 100-yard games. The hot handed sixth-round pick was limited to 47 yards on 16 carries, but did find the end zone from one-yard out in the second quarter.
On the subsequent series after Morris’ score, Lorenzo Alexander recovered a fumble at the Vikings 10-yard-line and Darrel Young caught a six-yard pass from Griffin on the next play to give Washington their second touchdown in 20 seconds.
Perry Riley knocked Adrian Peterson into Christian Ponder causing the ball to pop loose. Alexander caught the ball in the air and the play was initially ruled an interception.
Alexander aided Washington’s defensive effort with 1.5 sacks.
Jim Haslett’s unit forced three turnovers on the afternoon, two of which came on Ponder interceptions.
The second-year Vikings quarterback passed the ball an exhausting 52 times, completing 35 attempts, in the losing effort. He finished the afternoon with 352 yards and two touchdowns to go with the interceptions.
Peterson carried the ball 17 times for 79 yards in his first game in Washington since tearing his ACL 10 months earlier at FedEx Field.
It is a rare feat for a Redskins place kicker to draw cheers from the home crowd at FedEx Field.
Yet, Kai Forbath, the 19th man to attempt a field goal for the Redskins since 1994, brought the burgundy and gold faithful to their feet when his 50-yard attempt split the uprights in the second quarter.
Forbath was signed to replace Billy Cundiff who was cut earlier in the week.
Sunday’s win moves the Redskins to 3-3 on the season
The road does not get easier for the Redskins who face division opponents in four of the next six games, including two contests against the New York Giants.
The Giants easily handled the San Francisco 49ers, who outscored opponents 79-3 in their two games leading up to Sunday.
OF NOTE: Niles Paul delivered a crushing hit to Marcus Sherels on a punt midway through the 4th quarter. Sherels’ helmet was knocked off during the play. Washington safety Jordan Pugh was shaken up twice and had to leave the game both times in the fourth quarter.