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Vikings vs. Redskins: Robert Griffin III stellar in 38-26 win over Minnesota

Robert Griffin III accounted for 320 total yards and three touchdowns in leading the host Washington Redskins to a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at FedEx Field.

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Redskins finally deliver a knockout blow

The Redskins finally ended their eight-game home losing streak by doing the one thing they haven't been able to all season - put a team away with a decisive score late in the game.


Skins win, don't sustain any injuries

The Washington Redskins beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and avoided the injury bug in the process.


RGIII 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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Redskins lead 24-12 entering fourth quarter

The Washington Redskins have maintained their momentum from the end of the first half, and have extended their lead over the Minnesota Vikings to 24-12. Robert Griffin III scored on a diving seven-yard touchdown run up the middle. Observe:


That touchdown marks 24 straight points for the Redskins, who have taken control of the game in a matter of a few minutes of game time. The Vikings followed up that score with Blair Walsh's fourth field goal of the game, this one coming from 37 yards out. However, Washington seems to be firmly in the driver's seat entering the fourth quarter.

Griffin now has two touchdowns on the day, and is 15-20 for 173 yards in the air. He's also the Redskins' leading rusher with 63 yards on 11 carries.

Adrian Peterson has 68 yards on 13 carries through three quarters. Christian Ponder is 14-21 for 140 yards in the air.


Redskins lead Vikings 17-9 at halftime

The offenses started slow, but the Redskins have scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half to take a 17-9 lead over the Vikings. Alfred Morris punched in a touchdown for the Redskins with 2:27 remaining. Christian Ponder fumbled on the first play of the ensuing drive, and Robert Griffin III connected with Darrel Young for a six yard touchdown on the next play to give Washington 14 points in a 13 second span.

Griffin has been efficient for the Redskins, going 11-14 for 116 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The rushing game has struggled though, as Alfred Morris is leading the team with only 28 yards on the ground.

Christian Ponder has been good for the Vikings, going 12-17 for 121 yards, but his fumble before halftime has given the Redskins the momentum. Adrian Peterson has 48 yards on 8 carries, but 32 of those yards came on one run. Percy Harvin has 53 yards receiving to lead the team.


Vikes up 9-0 on RGIII and Skins after 1st quarter

The Minnesota Vikings lead the Washington Redskins, 9-0, at the end of the first quarter at FedEx Field.

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is back in the lineup for Washington after missing the end of last week's loss with a mild concussion. Griffin III completed 3-of-5 passes for 38 yards in the first quarter and was picked off once in addition to rushing once for 7 yards.

Running back Adrian Peterson has 46 yards on seven carries for the Vikings. Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder completed 8-of-11 passes for 100 yards in the first quarter.

Kicker Blair Walsh had all nine points for the Vikings, hitting field goals attempts from 20 yards once and 27 yards twice.

Minnesota is 4-1 on the season and leads the NFC North. Washington is 2-3 thus far in 2012 and is looking for their first home victory of the season.

The game is being televised on FOX.


Pierre Garcon out for 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


RG3 to play as Redskins host Vikings

The Redskins' Robert Griffin III will return to action Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.


RGIII will play against Vikings

A concussion will not sideline the star rookie quarterback, as he will play against the Minnesota Vikings today.


RGIII practices Friday, Garcon questionable

The Washington Redskins released their injury report on Friday afternoon.


RGIII practices Thursday, not cleared for Sunday

Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced Thursday, and will be evaluated again on Friday. He's not yet cleared to play on Sunday.


RGIII expected to practice Thursday

Robert Griffin III is expected to participate in practice on Thursday.


Redskins favored by 1.5 points over Vikings

The Washington Redskins opened as 1.5 point favorites over the Minnesota Vikings.


RGIII a limited participant in practice

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was limited in practice on Wednesday, as was corner Cedric Griffin.


RGIII still not cleared for contact

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III stated that he felt no symptoms of a concussion while participating in practice on Wednesday. According to the rookie quarterback, he expects to start in Sunday's Week 6 game against the Minnesota Vikings. However, he has yet to be cleared for contact.

Griffin sustained what was described as a mild concussion in the third quarter of Sunday's 24-17 loss against theAtlanta Falcons. While attempting to slide during a rush, Griffin was hit high by Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, which caused his upperbody to snap backwards with his head hitting Jonathan Babineaux.

The rookie quarterback explained that he needs to find a balance between being a playmaker and living to play another down. Griffin practiced sliding and running out of bounds during practice on Wednesday, which were welcomed by mock cheers from his teammates.

Griffin explained that his film study hasn't been interrupted by any limitations connected to the injury and is reacting normally to light and sound.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.


RGIII passes tests, to practice on Wednesday

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passed his cardio and agility tests on Tuesday and will practice with the team on Wednesday according to a team source.


RGIII has no lingering concussion symptoms

Redskins' quarterback not showing concussion symptoms. Could play this Sunday versus Vikings.

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