Named interim head coach on Monday, Leslie Frazier’s message all week was “focus on the Washington Redskins.” The message was clearly understood, as the Vikings played mostly sound football – no turnovers and penalized just 3 times – and snapped a nasty 9-game road losing streak by logging a 17-13 victory at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
When Frazier was a DB on the 1985 Chicago Bears team, he experienced what it was like to win NFL games with an effective running game and sound defense. And that’s exactly how the Vikings defeated the Redskins on Sunday, giving Frazier his 1st win as interim head coach. The Vikings defense allowed just 29 net yards rushing, 10 first downs and 1 TD while the offense pounded the opposition with 137 net yards rushing and a 38-23 run-to-pass ratio.
RB Adrian Peterson was set to have a monster day before leaving the game with an ankle injury; he had 36 yards and 1 TD on 6 carries and 1 reception for 34 yards when he came out of the game. But rookie Toby Gerhart picked up the slack, logging 22 carries and 76 tough yards – along with a TD – to pace the Vikings offensive attack. Favre chipped in with a solid game, throwing 0 INTs and completing 15 of 23 passes for 172 yards.
Defensively, hats off to LB E.J. Henderson, who had 4 tackles – 1 for a loss – to go along with a sack and an INT. The defensive line generated 3.0 sacks, Greenway led the squad in tackles and Antoine Winfield had his side of the field buttoned up again.
There is so much more to talk about with this game, including the performance of Gerhart down the stretch to close out the game, Ryan Cook filling in for Anthony Herrera, Frazier’s first turn as head honcho and more. So stay tuned to vikings.com tonight and into tomorrow and next week for comprehensive coverage of the win.
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