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Vikings vs Redskins: Defense Has No Answers for Griffin III in Loss

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 14: Robert Griffen III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on October 14, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 38-26. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2017

The Vikings defense stopped red-hot running back Alfred Morris.

The Vikings defense held the Redskins passing game to a grand total of 181 yards and a touchdown.

However, there was no stopping Robert Griffin III.

While he didn't blow up the secondary passing, he lit the whole defense up with his legs. The Vikings couldn't stop him, they couldn't contain him and he got loose to the tune of 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

What that did was force second-year quarterback Christian Ponder to attempt a career-high 52 passing attempts.

Given how far behind they were (24-12 at the half and no less than 10 points for most of the rest of the game), it's not a surprise that Ponder threw interceptions.

Adrian Peterson continues to put up solid yards but can't find the end zone, and Percy Harvin was shut out as well.

Luckily, tight end Kyle Rudolph and receiver Michael Jenkins were able to step up, but ultimately the comebacks (plural because they had to do it several times) fell short each time.

One thing I have noticed the last two weeks is a lack of the physical play which allowed them to dominate the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.

It could be that teams have adjusted. It could be the team was playing over its head. It could be they are just being outplayed.

Whatever the reason, the Vikings are back to having to prove themselves all over again to the league.

Which might end up being for the best anyway.

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