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Despite Early Leads, Redskins Fall To Vikings In Week 10 Action


While the Redskins were effective early, struggles from the offense on fourth down attempts and the defense unable to get off the field on third downs factored in a loss for Washington.

Fourth Quarter: Redskins 30, Vikings 38
On the first player of the fourth quarter, D.J. Swearinger would get his second interception in as many drives, jumping a route intended for Kyle Rudolph and returning it to the two-yard line.

On second down, quarterback Kirk Cousins would keep the ball for a touchdown that was first ruled a fumble on the field before being overturned.

It is Cousins' second touchdown run of the afternoon, marking the first time the quarterback has had two rushing touchdowns in a game since Week 16 of the 2016 season.

The Redskins held off the Vikings from entering the end zone once again, but Minnesota extended its lead midway through the quarter with a 53-yard made field goal by Kai Forbath.

Washington would work its way into Minnesota territory off the field goal, but the Redskins were unable to convert on 3rd- and 4th-and-1.

Minnesota was forced into a three-and-out off the turnover on downs. 

The Redskins would once again get into enemy grounds just before the two-minute warning, as Cousins completed key passes to Vernon Davis and Josh Doctson. 

After the break, Nick Rose attempted a 53-yard field goal that he would make, but the kicker was unable to get the team in a spot to return an onside kick. 

Third Quarter: Redskins 20, Vikings 35
The Vikings would extend their lead early in the third quarter a Case Keenum led a six-play, 72-yard touchdown drive that was capped by the quarterback's fourth touchdown pass of the afternoon.

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The Redskins had their chances to score a touchdown of their own on their first drive of the quarter, but stalled out inside the 10-yard line.

Nick Rose would come on to make his second field goal of the day.

While the Vikings would once again get into Redskins territory, Washington's defense finally came through with a turnover as safety D.J. Swearinger nabbed a third down pass to give the offense the ball back.

It is Swearinger's first interception as a member of the Redskins.

The Redskins would quickly get the ball moving off the turnover, as Kirk Cousins first found Maurice Harris for a 14-yard gain before a run by Jamison Crowder netted five.

Then after the Crowder run, Samaje Perine got a new set of downs by picking up 25 yards on a reception.

The Redskins would get into Vikings territory, but could not convert on 4th-and-6 in the final minute.

Second Quarter: Redskins 17, Vikings 28
After Washington took back the lead late in the first quarter, Minnesota took its first lead of the afternoon early in the second quarter as Stefon Diggs score on a three-yard touchdown.

Diggs, however, would be called for a 15-yard celebration penalty.

After Maurice Harris returned the ensuing kickoff to the 40-yard line, rookie running back Samaje Perine started out the drive with four runs for 22 yards before Chris Thompson got a new set of downs on a two-yard run on third down.

Kirk Cousins' first pass of the quarter would go for 32 yards to Jamison Crowder before the Redskins got down to the four-yard line. With less than a yard to move the chains, Washington went for it on fourth down and gained more than enough yardage to get a new set of downs.

Eventually getting down to the one-yard line, Cousins would keep the ball himself on third down to give the Redskins their second touchdown of the game.

Nick Rose would make the extra point to make it a 17-14 score for the Redskins.

The Vikings, however, would once again find the end zone.

Minnesota's star receiver duo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are giving Washington fits right now. The two have combined for more than 150 receiving yards so far.

Thielen would catch a seven-yard touchdown pass for his first score of the day with 1:49 left in the quarter. 

On the next play from the line of scrimmage, Cousins was intercepted. The Vikings would turn it into their third passing touchdown of the half down on the goal line.

First Quarter: Redskins 10, Vikings 7
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Redskins scored in truly remarkable fashion when Maurice Harris – promoted to the active roster on Saturday afternoon – extended out for a 36-yard, one-handed touchdown grab.

The Redskins also returned a majority of their starting offensive line, as Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff all were back in the lineup. Chase Roullier, meanwhile, started at center but Spencer Long is active.

On the drive, quarterback Kirk Cousins completed all four of his pass attempts for 59 yards.

The Vikings, however, would quickly respond with a 75-yard opening drive touchdown of their own. University of Maryland product Stefon Diggs recorded two catches for 59 yards while Latavius Murray punched in a one-yard touchdown run.

The offenses would then both be forced into three-and-outs (Preston Smith had a quarterback hit on Case Keenum during a third down throw) before Washington got a little momentum going again. 

But on 4th-and-2, Chris Thompson popped out on a wheel route to pick up 27 yards on a throw that was just slightly high for the running back. 

While the Redskins were unable to score a touchdown inside the 10-yard line, Nick Rose's made field goal pushed Washington back out to a 10-7 lead.

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