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RGIII leads Redskins past Vikings

RGIII turned his best performance to date, leading the Redskins over the Vikings.

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RGIII headlines a good week for rookie QBs

It was a mixed bag for the NFL's rookie quarterbacks in Week 6, except for RGIII who was phenomenal.


RGIII has great day running and passing in win

The Washington Redskins got another big-game performance from Robert Griffin III, who again led the team to a win, this time throwing for 182 yards and running for 138 more in a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Redskins struggled early, allowing Minnesota to kick three field goals before getting on the scoreboard. They also struggled late, allowing a pair of Vikings touchdowns to cut a 31-12 lead to a five-point deficit. But it was their work in between that made the difference: Washington ran off 24 unanswered points, with RG3 throwing for one touchdown and running for another, and with Madieu Williams picking off Christian Ponder for a touchdown as well. But what put the nail in the coffin was another spectacular play from the Redskins' rookie quarterback, as described by Kevin Ewoldt of Hogs Haven in his postgame recap:

When the Vikings were up 9-0, I'm sure many thought like I did, "Same ole Redskins." When the Redskins took a big lead late and the Vikings started creeping back, I was still in my Nationals somber, "No way the Redskins hold this lead." And then it happened. The Shanahans dial in a designed QB run play on a key 3rd and long, and Robert Griffin III takes it 76 yards to the house to seal the game. Some key stats:

It was the first home win for Washington in more than a calendar year. The Skins' next game is with the division-leading New York Giants.


Vikings simply "got beat" by Redskins

A dynamic performance from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III downed the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, 38-26.

The Vikings three key offensive players performed well. Christian Ponder was 35-of-52 for 352 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss, and running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 79 yards on 17 carries. Wide receiver Percy Harvin continued his impressive 2012 campaign with 133 yards on 11 receptions. Still, the Minnesota offense struggled to convert red zone visits into touchdowns, and 26 points was not enough to overcome the Redskins offense led by Robert Griffin III, who threw for one touchdown and ran for two touchdowns in the second half.

Christopher Gates of SB Nation's Minnesota Vikings blog, The Daily Norseman, writes that Sunday was simply a case of one team outperforming the other team.

They got beat.

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that the Minnesota Vikings beat themselves, because they didn't. I'm not going to tell you they got jobbed by the referees, because they didn't....The biggest difference in today's game comes down to a simple matter of execution. After three quarters of play, both teams had made four trips into the red zone. The result of those four trips for each team:

Minnesota: Field goal, field goal, field goal, field goal

Washington: Field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown

The Vikings fall to 4-2 following the loss. Their next contest comes next Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals.


RGIII has wheels

Whether it's his arm, or his legs, RGIII is more than the Vikings can handle.


I want to Ponder where the ball is for a second

Ponder is lost, and that's okay.


NFL inactive list, Week 6: Vikings vs. Redskins

Robert Griffin III is active for the Redskins, but he will be without Pierre Garcon.


Week 6 NFL picks: Vikings vs. Redskins

A majority of pickers are siding with the Minnesota Vikings as their stout defense takes on a Washington Redskins team that might be without Robert Griffin III this weekend.

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