The Minnesota Vikings ended a four-game losing streak with their 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins last Thursday night. While a welcome result, it was another ugly game that ended pretty much like four of their previous games. The Redskins had the ball on the Vikings' 8-yard line with 0:46 left in the game with a chance to tie the game.
This time, the defense was able to stop Washington on a 4th-and-goal from the 4-yard line to preserve the second win of the season for the Vikings.
In the battle of 2012 playoff teams, this game was not pretty. Each offense dominated for a half, as the Vikings overcame a 24-14 halftime deficit to outscore Washington 20-3 in the second half.
Mark Maske of The Washington Post points out that the Redskins have the same record as they did at this point last season. With games against the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs left on their schedule, it will be difficult for Washington to finish with another seven-game winning streak like last season.
For the Vikings, with only two wins on the season, it's already too late to match last season's mark of 10-6.
The win was costly for Minnesota which has been bitten by the injury bug. Quarterback Christian Ponder suffered a separated shoulder on a 14-yard run that came up one yard short of the goal line. Matt Cassel was able to extend a one-point lead in the fourth quarter for the Vikings to seven.
We're in a bit of unfamiliar territory grading a Vikings win, so expect some slightly higher marks for the roster—well, at least on offense.