Several Vikings Step Up In Win Over Washington

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 26, 2011 – 2:27 pm

The Vikings earned a tough 33-26 road victory over the Washington Redskins on Saturday, and there was nothing conventional about how the game unfolded. Minnesota jumped out to 10-0 lead, trailed 13-10 early in the 3rd quarter, watched both Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder leave the game due to injury, and then outscored Washington 23-13 the rest of the way to notch the win.

To be on the road and face that much adversity – Peterson left with a severe knee injury and Ponder suffered a concussion – but still come out with a win is a testament to the Vikings depth and refusal to quit on the season.

Peterson and Ponder were both forced out of the game early in the 3rd quarter. Backups Toby Gerhart and Joe Webb stepped right in and were productive for the rest of the game. Gerhart finished with 109 yards on 11 carries, the first 100-yard game of his career, and Webb was 4 of 5 for 84 yards and 2 TDs, and he also added 5 carries for 34 yards and 1 TD.

But it was more than just Gerhart and Webb who stepped up on Saturday. Seven-year veteran Joe Berger started at LG in place of Steve Hutchinson, rookie interior OL Brandon Fusco replaced Anthony Herrera at RG after Herrera left with an injury, rookie S Mistral Raymond grabbed an INT and ended a big-time drought for the Vikings defense, and Brian Robison forced and recovered a fumble off of Rex Grossman.

There are more examples of guys who stepped up in the victory, but you get the picture. And Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier was clearly pleased with the way his team played, from the top of the roster all the way to the bottom.

“As I mentioned earlier, just a good overall effort by our football team to go on the road and get a win against a Redskins team that had just come off a big win against the Giants the week before,” Frazier said during his customary day-after-the-game press conference. “And to handle some of that adversity that occurred during that game, to see the number of players who stepped up like they did, whether it be Toby Gerhart, Joe (Webb) coming into the game when Christian (Ponder) was injured, some of our defensive guys just stepping up, Mistral Raymond coming back and getting an interception for us, the big caused fumble by Brian Robison as well.

“A lot of good things in that football game. A lot of guys contributed to that win on Saturday, which really should be a spring board for us as we prepare for this ball game against Chicago.”

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18 Responses to “Several Vikings Step Up In Win Over Washington”

  1. By CaribooBill on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    One thing I recall that hasn’t been mentioned: Aromashodu going all-out to catch up to Toby and almost peeling off his would-be tackler just short of the goal line. #19 really elevated his game on that play!

  2. By Viking33 on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Good Point Cariboo – I saw that as well!!

  3. By EFox on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    So what you are saying is more than one guy out ran Toby on that play… :)

    Still a great run

  4. By CaribooBill on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t be negative EFox. But you’re right. Toby is more of a bull, not a gazelle. The positive of this game’s outcome is that the players will play for Frazier, it would seem.

  5. By Danny on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Really if he would have blocked him toby would have scored but oh well we still won.

  6. By PaulMax1957 on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Isn’t it ironic that after the Saints game Visanthe Shiancoe said how some players quit but in the Redskins game how Shiancoe was basically non-existent?? It was a good game and really exciting to see Webb on the field. I doubt Ponder will start against the Bears and even if he gets the OK, Webb should be the starter and have Ponder as his backup. Hope the Viings win on Sunday and then the real intriguing season starts, what the Vikings front office does in the off season to make this franchise a winner again and make this season just a blip on the radar.

  7. By vikings4seven on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    We all know the current status of this team. Let’s all focus on sending our guys some positive energy and get this last win against the bears.
    no one on this team has a permanent position, so the team needs to play hard until the last second and that will help sort out help for next year.

  8. By bahaha on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    The Bears will win 34-17 playing with all there back-ups and some guys who didnt even have a job in the nfl mere weeks ago.

  9. By morgan on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Webb has MORE than earned this next game start. Give the man his due.

  10. By Bluenose on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Bahaha, I guess you’re not a Vikes fan… True, the Bears might win, but when our guys go all out we have a chance. Players usually play better when there’s no pressure, and there’ll be no pressure. Webb’s coming into his own with his mobility, and if our TE’s step up we’ll give them a headache with the option play

  11. By Dave on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    @morgan- agreed my friend. Im glad ponder got a good set of games to prepare for next year. Webb deserves this last game of the season and with him at qb, i believe we can beat a hurting bears team. They will most likely bring the blood though. That packers game probably wasnt to much fun for urlacher and his D.

  12. By hippster on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    someone step up and fire frazier and his whole crew of none coaching fools

  13. By scott on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Toby Gerhart has done an excellent Job filling in, is he Adrain? no, but he is a darn fine runner himself, fully capable of being a starting running back on a lot of teams. He has some awesome power on his runs, Arm tackels will not bring him down, he is a bull. Without AP for a couple of games we will be just fine. Especially if they bring in Joe Webb as a starter, I can see them running the old fashion option play with Webb and Gerhart, Frankly I like Webb better then Ponder, he brings more excitement and intensity to the gam then Ponder. The players respond well to Webb..

  14. By Dana in VA Beach on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    I was at that game! As far as I was concerned it represented how a team effort produced a win. I really think Webb should start against the Bears. The offense clearly revved up when he stepped in. Gerharts 66 yard run reminded me of ‘ol number 30 Bill Brown. Skol Vikings !!!!!

  15. By Frederick Jones on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    OTKalil2012 said this:

    Bill…I really think an ex head coach by the name of Mike Singletary should be getting most of the credit of what is going on in San Fran…He is the one who drafted all the talent over there…Singletary planted all the seeds in San Francisco…And I think Jim Harbaugh is collecting the fruits off of Singletary’s hard work…..But all people have a different point of how they see things Bill…And can see your point of view also…Sometimes it is not just knowing the recipe for success…But how you blend it all together…And Harbaugh has done that…

    **And that is exactly why I agree with OTKalil that we need a NEW person to be the General Manager. Someone to sort out the true, from the untrue. Frazier may in fact be doing a incredible job of coaching this team.

    See next post…

  16. By Frederick Jones on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    How many times have you seen the Coach of the Year get fired the next year. Admittedly I know of only a few cases in PRO sports.

    The Tampa Bay Coach was Coach of the Year for 2010 when the Bucs were 10-6, he may be fired this year they say because they are currently 4-11 (or so the newspaper said).

    How can a Coach be the best one year, and one of the worst the next year?


  17. By vlad19 on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    I had not posted much this year and none at all in last three weeks after most “homer” fans got all excited about Ponder’s “team rookie record” of 381 yards thrown…. a game HE amply pointed out in his futility, that he virtually lost, by the way – Pick-6 and a fumble at the 7 yd line that was recovered at mid-field (NOT protecting the ball is not justa “rookie mistake” mind you, lot of bad football players make that mistake). But let the last few weeks be my vindication for the one arse who told me to “suck eggs” simply because I spoke the truth Ponder is average at best, BAD decisions galore. Rather than be offended by these remarks, I would only suggest one read more than stat sheets after one game of plentiful yards, but they alone will tell you – Ponder is NOT very good.

    What’s more, Webb has now stepped in after Ponder’s futility vs Det. and his injury of last week, and BOTH times played supremely well, FAR better than did Ponder at ANY point this year. Webb has had fewer QB snaps at NFL level, but you don;t see his recklessness, do you. You see a cool customer, you see carefulness with the ball, but NOT paralysis like you would see with Ponder. So WHY aren’t we hearing about Webb”s “rookie mistakes”? Because he is playing above his assumed abilities….. while POnder plays below his.

    Moral of the story, sometimes you eschew HOPED for players and results for ACTUAL players and results that are shown in-game. I would like to see WEBB as our QB of the future with Ponder to compete and earn it, but NOT be given it for no other reason than that was the Org’s plan….. how many plans of this Org have worked over the last few years? Look at the slaughterhouse of draft picks! Go WEBB! That is what I say. Webb won that game. Ponder has had MORE NFL time, more NFL snaps and is showing to be inferior to Webb. Let the numbers speak if you who love Ponder “just because” refuse to ackowledge the sad decisions and mediocre play he has offered us to date. Webb has offered us better results – and that is all that matters in the NFL!

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