The game was exciting and came down to the wire. There were some questionable calls by the officials today. The most egregious was a roughing the passer penalty on the Vikings when they seemed to stop Washington.
The ref claimed that RG3 was struck in the head but replay showed that wasn't true. It was a bogus call that put Washington in the lead and made the game closer than it should have been.
Minnesota had all the momentum at that point and it was almost completely sucked out of them. To the credit of the Vikings offense they didn't let up and kept the pressure on Washington's defense.
The defense also held its own at the end by stopping Washington with just over a minute left in the game.
Vikings Offense Shines in Win
I have to compliment the offensive line for the Vikings. I've been on their case all season long. Teddy hasn't had time to throw the ball and he's been sacked multiple times a game as well as being hurried all game long.
Today was different. Teddy had time to make plays and was only sacked twice. The offense did their part in aiding Matt Asiata to score three touchdowns (TD).
Asiata's last TD was scored with 1:09 left in the game. That sealed the victory for the Minnesota Vikings. Asiata also rushed for a two point conversion after the touchdown.
Jerrick McKinnon rushed for the most yards for the Vikings but it was Aiata who got the call on short yardage situations for the offense.
Teddy Bridgewater is the player that made the most strides today. After being criticized for not moving the ball consistently, Teddy led the Vikings on four touchdown drives. Teddy and the Vikings offense scored the most points offensively since week #4.
It's hard to tell if the offense has found its stride. Washington has given up tons of points this season. I don't want to discount the effort that the offense put forth. I'll take 29 points all day long.
Vikings Defense Does its Job
While the Vikings defense gave up the most points since week #5, they did what they needed to do to win the game. That was especially evident on Washington's last drive (discounting them having the ball with 12 seconds left in the game).
The defense was all over RGIII. They sacked him 5 times and also had one interception (Captain Munnerlyn).
The defense played well in this game but they did have some collapses and that almost cost the Vikings the game.
The defense can usually be counted on to keep this team in the game. That's due the Vikings having had trouble scoring more than 17 points in a game. Today the offense scored 29 points and that was barely enough for the defense to hold on for the win.
I'm not too concerned with defense. They have played well all year and I think they are still the strongest part on this team.
This might have been the most impressive game that the team played this season. In the fourth quarter when the offense had to counter Washington touchdowns, Teddy and his offense did just that. It was an impressive game for the offense.
The defense also held their own at the end of the game. Unlike the prior two weeks in which the defense gave up late fourth quarter touchdowns, this time around the Vikings stopped their opponent on their last meaningful drive.
It was a good ending to an exciting game and it was nice to see our team come away with the win.
This should be a huge confidence builder for Teddy Bridgewater.
My imaginary game balls go to the offensive line, Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Asiata.