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Vikings Grind Out 17-13 Win Over Washington On The Road

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 28, 2010 – 6:34 pm

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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26 Responses to “Vikings Grind Out 17-13 Win Over Washington On The Road”

  1. By Mike B on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Was a good win today. Lots of pluses to build on for rest of season. Great to see coach get the game ball. Way to go Vikings

  2. By skolpurpleandgold on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Way to go Vikes. keep fighting and pounding away.

  3. By Robins on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    It was a fun win! Vikings, you were great! Congratulations! I knew you had the talent! Adrian, I hope you are ok. Celebrate, you deserve it! Toby, you were great! Brett, you were great! Team. you were all great today!

  4. By steven on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    yes dont lose any more game s: )

  5. By Conner on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    A very positive win for players and coaches. It’s good to see smiles at the end of a game!

  6. By Bruce on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    LOVED THAT 10 YARD RUN OF YOURS FAVRE!!!! YOU’RE THE MAN!!!!

  7. By Conner on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Favre had an 87.6 passer rating today. He’s battling the flu as well. No turnovers, well managed game.

  8. By lbcscb6 on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Fantastic win today! Way to play hard Vikes. Take care of yourself Brett! We need you!

  9. By fmfan on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    We just put up 17 points and 284 total yards of offense on a defense that gives up an averages of 23.8 points and over 400 yards a game.

  10. By fmfan on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    sorry 299 yards
    not 284 yards

  11. By BE SANE, SERIOUS, & LOVE ALL, BABY on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    GREAT NEGATIVITY FMFAN— even when we win, you and the naysayers spew sewage out of your mouths. STOP. Enough already.

  12. By VikespleasewinaSuperbowl on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Watching Brett run 10 yards and a first down to ice the win and end the road game losing streak brought back vivid memories of the end of last years NFC Championship game. Since he made this run on a still mending broken foot you know he would have run for as much yardage as possible in New Orleans rather than trying to force a pass if his ankle hadn’t just been so badly sprained that he could barely walk. Longwell would have kicked the game-winning FG and the Vikes might have won their first ever SuperBowl because you know the ankle injury would not have kept Brett out of the SB.
    Let’s get on a roll now and finish 9-7 and see if that gets us in the playoffs.

  13. By Gunter on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    A very good start to the rest of the season. I love the fact that Frazier asked Favre what he wanted to run on that last play. Looks like Favre and Bevell now have enough control over the O.

  14. By fmfan on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hope AP will be OK for next weeks game when he gets to run against the worst run D in the NFL…

  15. By Robins on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    We could win the rest of the games. They were so happy today, it was fun to see them laughing again. You would never know Brett had the flu and so many injuries. The whole team did their job. Just keep on winning. It was great the packers lost too.

  16. By Conner on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    The only stat that matters today was win or loss. Thanks guys for a team win. Last week’s loss was horrendous, we can now build on this.

  17. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Great win Guys! We’ve got 3 at home now. Let’s keep it going!

  18. By fireD childress on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    1 N.Y. Jets East 9-2-0
    2 Baltimore North 8-3-0
    3 Kansas City West 7-4-0
    4 Jacksonville South 6-5-0
    5 New England East 9-2-0
    6 Pittsburgh North 8-3-0
    Still Alive
    7 San Diego West 6-5-0
    8 Indianapolis South 6-5-0
    9 Miami East 6-5-0
    10 Houston South 5-6-0
    11 Tennessee South 5-6-0
    12 Oakland West 5-6-0
    13 Cleveland North 4-7-0
    14 Denver West 3-8-0
    Eliminated
    15 Buffalo East 2-9-0
    16 Cincinnati North 2-9-0
    NFC
    Seed Team Division Record
    1 Atlanta South 9-2-0
    2 Chicago North 8-3-0
    3 Philadelphia East 7-4-0
    4 St. Louis West 5-6-0
    5 New Orleans South 8-3-0
    6 N.Y. Giants East 7-4-0
    Still Alive
    7 Tampa Bay South 7-4-0
    8 Green Bay North 7-4-0
    9 Seattle West 5-6-0
    10 Washington East 5-6-0
    11 Minnesota North 4-7-0
    12 San Francisco West 3-7-0
    13 Arizona West 3-7-0
    14 Dallas East 3-8-0
    Eliminated
    15 Detroit North 2-9-0
    16 Carolina South 1-10-0

  19. By Conner on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    You can see where Frazier is more approachable to his players. He was in on offensive discussions on the sideline. Our linebacker / D-coordinator also did a great job of getting some pressure on McNabb and hiding some of secondary weaknesses. Another week of work ahead for all of us! Stay positive. Stay healthy, and make a positive difference each and every day in at least one person’s life!

  20. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Firedchildress,
    I love to see your positivity. Believe me all of it helps. These guys can do it.
    They need to “Believe” and know thaqt we “Believe” Thanks Dude

  21. By fireD childress on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    Sue, whats going on?

  22. By TMAN on Nov 28, 2010 | Reply

    fmfan
    I think 299 yards without the center piece of our offense for almost 3 quarters was a pretty good showing. Gerhart played OK but he is no AP. Clearly, this offense struggles in all areas without AP. He is dangerous as a runner, and probably our biggest threat to break a long gain in the passing game as well. AP form MVP, VIKES 9-7 and let cards fall where they may.

  23. By fmfan on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    TMAN, Yes if AP didn’t get injured there should have been alot more yards and hopefully points. We played against the worst defense in the NFL and I was looking for more points.

  24. By mr smiff on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    fmfan, we won. On the road. Can’t you be good with that?

  25. By GWViking on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    It is just good to see them run the offense with more unpredictability. It was good to see Favre do play action and calling more audibles. What a shame it took so long for this to happen and see the team in postion to win towards the end of a game. When was the last time we saw the Vikings take a knee? Sweet.

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