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RG3 does it again, finally gets Redskins a home win

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The Vikings proved they were mortal, Robert Griffin III proved he had no complications from last week’s concussion, and the Redskins proved they could win at home.

An early interception was nearly the only mistake Griffin made, leading the Redskins to a 38-26 win over the Vikings, snapping an eight-game home losing streak that dated back to September 2011 and pushing them to 3-3.

Griffin finished the game in style, turning a four-minute offense scramble into a 76-yard touchdown, capping a brilliant final three quarters.

He finished the game with 13 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns, with another 182 passing yards and a score.

For the Vikings (4-2), the problem was clear. Their first four trips to the red zone yielded four Blair Walsh field goals, and their defense had no answers for Griffin once the first quarter ended.

There was a moment when Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder looked nothing like the efficient guy who didn’t throw a single pick in the first four games. He now has four in the last two games, including one Sunday returned for a touchdown by Madieu Williams, and one in the last minute which didn’t matter all that much.

But after the pick-six, he responded with a pair of touchdown drives, giving the Vikings a shot after they trailed by 19.

Percy Harvin was brilliant (11 catches for 133 yards) and Adrian Peterson was good (17 carries for 79 yards).

But in the end, Griffin was back, and he was the difference.

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84 Responses to “RG3 does it again, finally gets Redskins a home win”
  1. logicalthinkersays says: Oct 14, 2012 7:31 PM

    Robert Griffin is without a shadow of a doubt, the best Quarterback in professional football. There is NO ONE who has his skillset and IQ. The Redskins will beat NYG next week and from there, stroll into the playoffs. Good job from the defensive unit too. Hail to the Redskins.

  2. muihtil says: Oct 14, 2012 7:33 PM

    First time we’ve seen that straight line speed from RG3 and it was….ridiculous.

  3. varedskin says: Oct 14, 2012 7:33 PM

    Hail!

  4. gbpackman says: Oct 14, 2012 7:33 PM

    Glad I drafted him in my FF league. RGIII, you are ridiculous man.

  5. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Oct 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    Wheres PeytonsNeck and rg3and out???? I think we’ve put all questions about the draft trade to rest.

  6. parenthesis78 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    if we had any defense … we would be undefeated .. if we ever get our d together in the coming seasons .. we’ll be a great team ..

  7. howinciteful says: Oct 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    I bet they wish they had some future draft picks instead of the most exciting player in the league…

  8. gunndlewittlebaum says: Oct 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Good game RGIII. Viking were let down by poor play calling and terrible defense. Oh well…

  9. cusoman says: Oct 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Kid’s good. Good game Washington, much deserved. Vikes just made way too many mistakes today and WAS did a great job capitalizing on them.

  10. 28for20 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Can’t have 11 18 penalties and win. Not the refs or the scout teams fault here!

  11. 28for20 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:36 PM

    18 penalties.

  12. thepvyharvin says: Oct 14, 2012 7:39 PM

    Congrats Skins. I truly believe the Vikings are the better team but you got it done. Our ability to get tds instead of fg’s in first quarter killed is.RG is good,pretty much carried your team,,,

  13. thepvyharvin says: Oct 14, 2012 7:41 PM

    Inability,us,,,,drowning in beer,,,haha

  14. thatswhatimsayin says: Oct 14, 2012 7:42 PM

    Nice win Skins. Nice job Vikes, even in defeat you didn’t look totally inept. A nice improvement.

  15. yourfavoriteteamsucksbigtime says: Oct 14, 2012 7:42 PM

    I watched almost this whole game, and still don’t understand what people see in Ponder. I still think his arm strength is below NFL standards. His decision making is pretty good, but the first overrides the second. I see an 8-8 team at best, more likely 7-9 or 6-10. Third in the north at best, home again for playoffs. And what’s with all the hype with # 69 on the Viks? Nothing special that I saw.

  16. walter0247 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:43 PM

    awesome game for rg3. but he better get ready b/c next week it’s time to prove himself within the division, a win could possibly propel us to the top. let’s go skins!

  17. clw1906 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:43 PM

    Where is Peytonsneck18 when we need him? RGLeaf? Umm I think not. Lol

  18. arask77 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:43 PM

    No excuses Vikes…just got outplayed. Man, they have always struggled with mobile QB’s though. Vick has lit them up before how many times too. Couple bad passes by Ponder didn’t help. Nice win for the Skins.

  19. ramasez says: Oct 14, 2012 7:43 PM

    That Touchdown run video is gonna haunt the Vikings like the old Vick video.

  20. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Oct 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    Remember when people said the Redskins gave up too much in the draft to move up to take RG3? – yeah, neither do I.

  21. sikoix says: Oct 14, 2012 7:49 PM

    Vikings defense looked lost once the Redskins started running that option looking offense. RG3 played a great game and deserves a lot of credit. This almost felt like karma for what Joe Webb did to them.

  22. jmsincla says: Oct 14, 2012 7:50 PM

    How about that ‘mild’ concussion?

  23. thunderskins007 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:51 PM

    well the skins won and rg3 was great today. nice to get a home win and see the skins preserve a lead in the 4th. must really piss u haters off huh?

  24. chargedblast says: Oct 14, 2012 7:51 PM

    Our (Vikings) O-Line was awful, reminiscent of last year’s “oh hey let’s just let everyone in” philosophy. Key example being Charlie Johnson pretty much sidestepping his assignment while the guy waltzes in for that last sack on Ponder in the 4th quarter.

    As to the inefficiency of our beloved CP7, that also harkens back to last year. Simple equation for him:

    Mildly effective pass rush/pressure = Interceptions

    Also, I didn’t actually realize that I hated RG3 until today. The shameless (and endless) grinning after every single positive yardage play was a bit much for me to stomach. I mean…he’s just SO pleased with himself.

    Good game by the Redskins though, and way overdue. Congrats to them! I bleed purple and gold but I think this is a good loss as we have a tendency to completely overreact to something like a 4-1 start.

  25. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 14, 2012 7:56 PM

    A little perspective on what RG III just did: Michael Vick, the most dangerous rushing QB in history, is in his 10th NFL season, and his longest run ever is 58 yards. And fellow Titans fans? Steve McNair played 13 seasons and his career best was a 71-yard run. What Robert Griffin did today took place in only his 6th NFL game, in its most clutch moment, and he took it 76 yards for the score.

  26. jimboinlimbo says: Oct 14, 2012 7:58 PM

    Vikings had no answer for the lead option type package that the Skins threw at them today. I’m curious as to how much depth this type of approach will have as more film becomes available. Right now the play action is dual threat as you have to freeze to respect not only the back but the QB as well. This makes throwing the ball fairly easy IMO. As defenses adjust, are there new wrinkles available? We’ll see.

  27. dcsuperfan says: Oct 14, 2012 7:58 PM

    Only 3 comments so far? Where are all the experts calling RG3 soft or saying he can’t do this and he can’t do that? Believe the hype, and stop being bitter that he’s on our team and not yours. It’s very unseemly. In Bob We Trust baby! Hail!

  28. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:59 PM

    RGIII RGIII RGIII. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. dcsuperfan says: Oct 14, 2012 8:01 PM

    There were 3 comments when I started mine…@howinciteful I’m assuming you’re being sarcastic that’s why I liked your comment

  30. thepvyharvin says: Oct 14, 2012 8:01 PM

    Rg3 is good,but best? Get off the DC crack,,,

  31. stellarperformance says: Oct 14, 2012 8:01 PM

    Are the Viking receivers trained to make the invisible penalty flag motion every time a pass is thrown, whether there is a defender nearby or not?

  32. abninf says: Oct 14, 2012 8:03 PM

    “Does it again, finally gets Redskins a home win”? You mean he did it for the first time, not again.

  33. vikesfansteve says: Oct 14, 2012 8:03 PM

    18 penalties & Musgrave’s signature what was that play calling.
    RGIII played awesome. Ponder not so much.

  34. gdeli says: Oct 14, 2012 8:05 PM

    the skins won that game. Ponder was horrible and looked scared from the get go. I would have pulled him for webb after those 2 ints. I just had a feeling ponder didn’t have it today at all. Those int’s were thrown right TO the skins players. He had other plasses thrown high and thrown low. wow was he bad today. I thought they were playoff bound but after today’s mess I think not. The qb is a mess here in mn and AP and percy got the crap beat out of them today too. 4-2 will be ?

  35. gweez76 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:06 PM

    Peytonsneck just threw up in his mouth.

    Enjoy another 50% completion multi Int, no TD game by your boy.

  36. gdeli says: Oct 14, 2012 8:12 PM

    Ponder threw 2 passes in a row near the end out of bounds in the endzone. Come on man! give old jenkins a chance to catch the ball! Just bad execution and ponder made throw away safety madieu williams look like a star. uh. They need simpson back and he’s gotta produce. Ponder has to make better throws!

  37. duncanthecat says: Oct 14, 2012 8:15 PM

    RGIII trade is a great trade for the Redskins,.

    He makes everyone around him better, even the coaching staff.

  38. thatswhatimsayin says: Oct 14, 2012 8:15 PM

    logicalthinkersays says: Oct 14, 2012 7:31 PM

    Robert Griffin is without a shadow of a doubt, the best Quarterback in professional football. There is NO ONE who has his skillset and IQ. The Redskins will beat NYG next week and from there, stroll into the playoffs. Good job from the defensive unit too. Hail to the Redskins.

    —————————————————————
    Quite possibly the BEST quarterback in the HISTORY of football. Calm down a bit. It’s six weeks into his rookie season. defenses will figure him out just like they did Vick, Rodgers, Brees etc. Enjoy the win. He’s a beast but dang, chiiillll.

  39. atfinch1984 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:16 PM

    Unreal that they thought that was an interception in the end zone at the end. If you watch the play, it was clearly simultaneous possession. Refs are out to get the Vikings. Also, the scout team isn’t trying very hard.

    And don’t even get me started on how the Vikings didn’t lose, but how they actually beat themselves.

  40. skins23 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:20 PM

    Where all the Vikings fans at that gave all the thumbs down to my post this week when I said the Skins matched up well with the Vikes and played to their strengths? And Vikes 4-1 record was inflated since they’ve played one good team? And Skins would win by 8+?

    Where’s the fella who was saying the Vikes rushing D would stop the Skins and I said you haven’t faced the #4 running attack? 183 yards rushing.

    You got RG3d. You enjoy the view of the back of his jersey running down the sideline?

  41. skinsfan91 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    Where’s all the lames saying RGIII shouldn’t play and the Redskins should just close shop because their season is over? As I said, “Those of you laughing now will be crying later.” HTTR.

  42. mattw70 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:26 PM

    All week all I heard was that Harrison Smith was going to knock RG3 out,he was going to do this and that.

    He had 1 tackle.

  43. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:26 PM

    More like the Vikings defense does it again.

    Is it too much to ask this defense to just have one simple stop in the 4th quarter?

    Every time they need their defense to make a stop so they can try to get the ball back and score, they fail miserably. And today, that was embarrassing. An 80 yard touchdown on third down. Wow.

  44. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:30 PM

    And it’s only fitting that maideu Williams gets a pick 6 AGAINST the Vikings.

    He couldn’t do that once in all those years when he was a Viking.

    When is the last time a Viking corner or safety got a pick 6? I bet it’s been since 2007.

  45. choppa2lis says: Oct 14, 2012 8:34 PM

    all of these redskin fans already annointing bob griffin as the greatest qb ever LOL. didn’t we see this same story line last year with cam newton? wasnt he already voted into the hall of fame last year, considering he was the greatest qb who ever lived, going by what the media was saying. exact same thing they are doing now with bob griffin. once defense figure him out like they did cam newton, you redskin bandwagoners will fall off the planet

  46. pack13queens0 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:35 PM

    Great to see the Vikings lose. Now, their very small fanbase can watch a real team in the Packers knock off Houston.

  47. skinsfan91 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:39 PM

    LOL at comparing RGIII to Cam Newton. He’s way better.

  48. atfinch1984 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:42 PM

    Did you see that food the tailgaters were eating on Sunday Night Football? Looks freaking awesome.

  49. contra74 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:06 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Oct 14, 2012 8:35 PM
    Great to see the Vikings lose. Now, their very small fanbase can watch a real team in the Packers knock off Houston.

    What are you doing on this thread? There are no excuses, no bad ref arguments, no scout team bashing, and no whining so you have no reason to be on here.

    Way to capitalize on our mistakes today Redskins. You guys beat us fair and square.

  50. mjkelly77 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:08 PM

    With those horse teeth he has, griffin must also have a horse head. That’s why he has no concussion. Mongo showed how a horse can take a punch. RIP, Alex.

  51. mattw70 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:09 PM

    “all of these redskin fans already annointing bob griffin as the greatest qb ever LOL. ”

    Yeah..LOL..I counted 1 poster that said that.You comeback with “all these redskins fans” A little bias are we?
    Then you can comeback when they lose and say,All skins fans were saying it after the vikings game.LOL

  52. dmackerman says: Oct 14, 2012 9:10 PM

    The difference between Cam and RG3 is that Robert has a working brain.

    Usually to be successful at anything for a sustained period of time, one needs a good head on your shoulders.

  53. jwreck says: Oct 14, 2012 9:15 PM

    choppa2lis says: Oct 14, 2012 8:34 PM

    all of these redskin fans already annointing bob griffin as the greatest qb ever LOL….
    _______
    It’s one guy. ONE guy. He does post a lot, but there’s only one guy who says these things. Yet somehow the whole Washington fanbase gets stigmatized for his idiocy. I’ve still got twenty bucks that says he’s a Cowboys fan doing a heck of a job getting every other fanbase in the NFL to hate Robert Griffin and the Redskins.

  54. jwreck says: Oct 14, 2012 9:20 PM

    mattw70 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:26 PM

    All week all I heard was that Harrison Smith was going to knock RG3 out,he was going to do this and that.

    He had 1 tackle.
    ____
    And a horsecollar. C’mon, give the kid some credit.
    ______
    chargedblast says: Oct 14, 2012 7:51 PM
    Also, I didn’t actually realize that I hated RG3 until today. The shameless (and endless) grinning after every single positive yardage play was a bit much for me to stomach. I mean…he’s just SO pleased with himself.
    ________
    He’s a 22 year old living out his dream. You can’t tell me that if you got a chance to be a professional football star four years out of high school, you wouldn’t be grinning ear to ear on every play, especially if they went for positive yardage. Well I mean, you could tell me that, but you’d be lying.

  55. mattyk72 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    RG MVP

  56. vikingprideforever says: Oct 14, 2012 10:11 PM

    tds instead of fgs, its that simple. a good team would have been ahead 17-0 not 9-0. have confidence players and coaches will learn from todays game and vikings will remain relevant in division race all season.

    SKOL baby!

  57. zygizag says: Oct 14, 2012 10:20 PM

    Good game. Big plays mostly went against the VIKES.

    Whether the VIKES go 12-4 or 6-10 will depend upon thier RED ZONE offense. vs 49′s it was great. vs the Lions we got lucky with 2 STeam TD’s. It came back to haunt us here.

    I would have gone for the TD on the first and maybe third drive like he did against the 49′s.

    Not having Simpson hurt, but not so much the RED ZONE.

    Not so worried about the big RGIII run. On the previous 3rd down the VIKES totally sold out to stop the short gain. Like most 3-1 that are crucial or 4-1 the first line of defense is the only line of defense and if you break it your gone. It was a good play call the VIKES sold out for the sack and all in tight coverage and good execution by the skins.

    I hope they bounce back against the Cards.

    I love my VIKES but I had them going 6-4 into the bye and 8-8 with worse case year being 6-10 and best case year being 12-4.

    Best case had them 9-1 going into the bye, so much for that, but I love my VIKES .

    This year it truly look like on any given Sunday…

  58. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 14, 2012 10:27 PM

    Hey all you football experts, wanna know the REAL MVP of this game? Trent Williams, for shutting Jared Allen down almost the entire game, and the entire O-Line, really, for a fantastic performance…They’re the reason RG3 and Morris were able to do what they did.

    And the defense got a little better again, like they improved last week despite the loss. Washington is improving!!! HAIL

  59. jwreck says: Oct 14, 2012 10:38 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 14, 2012 10:27 PM

    Hey all you football experts, wanna know the REAL MVP of this game? Trent Williams, for shutting Jared Allen down almost the entire game, and the entire O-Line, really, for a fantastic performance…They’re the reason RG3 and Morris were able to do what they did.

    And the defense got a little better again, like they improved last week despite the loss. Washington is improving!!! HAIL
    ______
    Agreed, Williams was definitely on point today, but the Shanahans also deserve a lot of credit. The Vikings are a dynamic, multi-faceted, and very capable team, and both Kyle and Mike obviously spent a lot of time figuring out exactly how to exploit their limited weaknesses. As everyone saw in the first quarter, those plans clearly did not work. So what was really impressive, is how they were able to scrap their original gameplan, or utilize previously prepared backup plans and adjust in order to take it to the Vikings throughout the second and third quarter. Clearly, they were helped out by Griffin, Williams, and Lorenzo Alexander’s stellar play, but the whole coaching staff deserves a ton of credit for that win.

  60. jazz11001 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:39 PM

    The only reason the vikings are mortal is due to the fact that they can’t stretch the field. No Simpson = 9 in the box. Is Wright ready yet or what?

  61. truthassassin says: Oct 14, 2012 10:49 PM

    After reading all the random Vikes fans saying how Harrison Smith (or H-Train or whatever dumb name ya’ll were using) was going to blast RG3, it was quite satisfying to see RG3 leave him in his dust on that big run play… haha

  62. commonsensedude says: Oct 14, 2012 11:18 PM

    Respect to the Vikes fans who posted here after the game and showed class (“you beat us fair and square …”). You guys, in spite of today, are on the upswing, and, like us, are way improved over last year. Keep your head up and we’ll see you in the playoffs.

  63. lambeauandlombardi says: Oct 14, 2012 11:20 PM

    contra74 says:Oct 14, 2012 9:06 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Oct 14, 2012 8:35 PM
    Great to see the Vikings lose. Now, their very small fanbase can watch a real team in the Packers knock off Houston.

    What are you doing on this thread? There are no excuses, no bad ref arguments, no scout team bashing, and no whining so you have no reason to be on here.

    Way to capitalize on our mistakes today Redskins. You guys beat us fair and square.

    ……………………………………………………………………..
    “There are no excuses”………..but, “Way to capitalize on our mistakes today Redskins.”

    Sounds like an excuse to me. Vikings fell farther and faster than Felix Baumgartner did today.

  64. fground says: Oct 14, 2012 11:37 PM

    Best rookie QB I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure there is a more accurate passer in the league. Combine that with incredible running skill and a good head on his shoulders and lookout – you have a true game changing star.

    Watching Ponder go up against Luck and RGIII – it makes me depressed that the Vikings are stuck with Ponder when they were 1 more loss last year from securing one of them. Switch QBs in that game and I think it’s a 2 TD win for Minn. Ponder was awful and RGIII was great.

  65. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 14, 2012 11:40 PM

    I’m I the only one who noticed the Cheerleader in the background!

  66. ddogdaddy says: Oct 14, 2012 11:44 PM

    This to the Redskin fans who believe the trade debate has been settled after playing 6 games. Hate to break it to you but it is not and won’t be settled for years to come. Also, history has not smiled favorably on these type of trades where a team mortgages its future first round picks for a single player. That is why it is not done more often. But after seeing RG3 and the way he makes grown men cry and wet themselves ( that would be the Redskin Nation), I can’t say it was a bad move. No doubt a great player but it will take serious Luck on the part of management to find skill players in the later rounds to help him get better. And it will have to come from the draft as Washington and free agency haven’t really worked to this point. From a Colts fan I wish you the best of Luck. Go Blue.

  67. rickc402 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:52 PM

    I love reading people compare Griffth to Newton or Vick. I think a lot of those people have never watched him play and only say that because he is black and can run. This guy plays QB more like Steve Young than the other two. That’s why he less the league in QB rating and completion pct. people need to stop hating and just appreciate him, if he stays healthy he will mean a decade of success for the Redskins just like both Mannings, Brady the great ones give you ten years of relevance and a championship.

  68. rickc402 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:54 PM

    Why can’t both Luck and Griffth be great?

  69. cmfischer says: Oct 15, 2012 12:08 AM

    “No doubt a great player but it will take serious Luck on the part of management to find skill players in the later rounds to help him get better.”

    Um, the Redskins are loaded with young skill players already. They have several young RBs, including a rookie who already has over 500 yards, and several young WRs, and a young stud TE. They also lead the NFL in scoring.

  70. richc111 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:51 AM

    You said it Rick if he stays healthy! Why wouldn’t people compare him to Newton or Vick. That is the style. You going to compare him to Bardy, Manning or Brees. Good of you to pick a white hall of famer to compare him too. Tell you what last year Newton was the next coming. Griffith already has 1 hit the head in the 1st month. I am guessing it won’t be his last. A football career is long long road but right now I have no plans on buying up all Griffith rookie cards

  71. rickc402 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:43 AM

    You can get hurt on any given play in the NFL, ask Carson Palmer, Dan Marino or any pocket passer. Bob has more yards from scrimmage, higher completion pct. higher QB rating, more touch downs and less interceptions than Luck. So I’m not sure what your trying to say…if you don’t like the Redskins don’t cruse Redskins stories because I’m tired of reading all the hater bull**it.

  72. edhochuliisanhonestzebra says: Oct 15, 2012 3:50 AM

    I’ve noticed that Vikes Offensive Coordinator Musgrave likes to bench Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin quite a bit whenever the Vikings are in the red zone. He’s such a genius! No wonder Adrian’s not scoring any TDs for his Fantasy owners!

  73. dv1985 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:17 AM

    Actually, his style is most comparable to Steve Young, that’s why Shanahan fell in love with the QB. He’s a pass first QB with the ability to kill you with his mobility. In terms of accuracy, Vick is still trying to be as accurate a QB as Griffin III already has proven to be so far. Also, he’s much more mature and much more of a natural leader than Vick or Newton. I’m not crowning the kid until he wins a championship, but so far, he is everything we’ve expected and more! He has 9-10 TDs and 2 INTs, I would say that’s a pretty damn good start! He’s on pace for about 30 TDs and 3 INTs (I’m sure he will throw more than 3 INTs, but he’s faced pretty damn good defenses so far! The only team we’ve played that doesn’t have a winning record is NO, and they’re still a damn good football team! He had a great game. Simple as that. He’s now shown in 6 games that he can dominate a team (NO) lead a game winning drive (TB, and St. Louis to be honest) and deliver in clutch situations (CIN and MIN). He’s showing that he’s a very good QB so far, I just dont get the hate for him. His teeth are too big? Hey ya know what? If all you have to bash the kid for are his teeth…I’d say he’s taking care of business on the field! Props to Trent Williams! Making Jared Allen look like a rookie today, not a simple task!

  74. oldlineman says: Oct 15, 2012 4:33 AM

    So how many yards did your stud RB get. 47 yds/2.9 avg. Refs do have to get noses out of g-3 @ss. Nice roughing the QB call. He will run for many yards in NFL till the hit which turns his brain to mush. Enjoy him while the gettings good. Just sayin. G-3 toothy grin is much better to tolerate than Rodgers smug mug. How does Rodgers stand to live with the rest of the miserable humans in his world…

  75. dougy1970 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:51 AM

    One dimension of RG3′s game that I like is his flopping to draw roughing penalties. That is great sportsmanship. The Duke basketball team and the Italian soccer team would be proud.

  76. joeyashwi says: Oct 15, 2012 9:27 AM

    Ponder is very average and Griffin is amazing. The Redskins and their fans can look forward to many games like this. The same can be said for the Vikings and their fans. Griffin can carry his team like a great quarterback should and Ponder doesn’t have that ability. The games the Vikings have won have been won by great defense, great special teams, and mistake free offense. That’s a lot to ask for consistently. Not a fan of RGIII but this kid is for real. He can carry his team to victory on his back. Wow.

  77. pillowporkers says: Oct 15, 2012 12:02 PM

    All the Ponder haters and Robert Griffin obsessors can calm down. First off, Griffin did what it took to win, but that was a designed draw against an all out blitz. Just a good call. Second off, with the exception of two very bad plays by Ponder that resulted in 14 points for the Redskins, the Vikings win. Not to mention this is the second time he’s led a no huddle attack down the field. He’s clutch. Lastly, the Redskins defense showed up in the red zone, as they could have easily been down 21-0, but they weren’t. Vikings need to figure out how to get the ball in the endzone early in games. (Indy, Detroit, and now Washington). Were a team built to be ahead. 17 or 21-0 makes all the difference in this game.

  78. laserw says: Oct 15, 2012 1:02 PM

    I don’t get the lovefest for Griffin – he is primarily only a runner – he isn’t that impressive as a passer – he usually throws under 20 yard passes and is not very accurate deep. In fact, when Griffin is confined to being just a passer, the Redskins lose.

    History will not be kind to Griffin – his style of quarterbacking has never won a Super Bowl.

    Right now Griffin is merely Mike Vick without the interceptions and the felon convictions.

  79. jwreck says: Oct 15, 2012 1:05 PM

    pillowporkers says:
    Oct 15, 2012 12:02 PM
    All the Ponder haters and Robert Griffin obsessors can calm down. First off, Griffin did what it took to win, but that was a designed draw against an all out blitz. Just a good call. Second off, with the exception of two very bad plays by Ponder that resulted in 14 points for the Redskins, the Vikings win. Not to mention this is the second time he’s led a no huddle attack down the field. He’s clutch. Lastly, the Redskins defense showed up in the red zone, as they could have easily been down 21-0, but they weren’t. Vikings need to figure out how to get the ball in the endzone early in games. (Indy, Detroit, and now Washington). Were a team built to be ahead. 17 or 21-0 makes all the difference in this game.
    _____
    Right, good point, and if Ponder and Harvin switch abilities with Montana and Rice in some kind of Freaky Friday scenario, the Vikings win ahead 63-0.

    On the other hand, if Griffin is hit with a dose of radiation and turns into the Incredible Hulk just before the game, Washington wins 584-0.

  80. jwreck says: Oct 15, 2012 2:01 PM

    Only this guy could write about that game and make it sound like Washington didn’t deserve the win.

    If you look at the whole piece, the closest thing he has to a positive comment about the Redskins is that Griffin “looked like he had no complications from last week’s concussion”. Not that he ‘looked stellar against an excellent Minnesota defense’, not that he ‘looked like an up and coming superstar’, not even that he ‘looked like a competent starter in the NFL’; just that he “looked like he had no complications from last week’s concussion”.

    In fact, he praises Ponder, for his efforts in previous games and what was essentially garbage time, more than he praises Griffin, the Shanahans and the Washington defense put together. Ponder “[was not] the efficient guy who didn’t throw a single pick in the first four games”, and “responded with a pair of touchdown drives, giving the Vikings a shot after they trailed by 19.” Ridiculous.

    I like his reporting in general, and I’m not sure that he’s totally aware of the tone his pieces about Washington take on, but it’s kind of weird that a professional sports writer can’t cover one of the 32 NFL franchises without being able to admit that not everything they do is a horrible mistake.

  81. whatjusthapped says: Oct 15, 2012 4:02 PM

    Before anybody gets around to putting him in the Hall of Fame, remember, this long TD run was against the Vikings. Let’s see him do it against a real NFL team before we get too excited.

  82. thesmartestmanever says: Oct 15, 2012 4:05 PM

    okay, that was agreat win and we are back at .500. now we have to beat the Giants in N.Y. this weekend and move into first place in the NFC east. we need Garcon healthy and we need desmond briscoe out there. I hope to see multiple receiver sets to stretch out and slow down that Giant pass rush, while opening up lanes for Morris and co. Defense needs to continue improving this week….. HTTR!!!!

  83. seantsghost says: Oct 15, 2012 4:19 PM

    laserw says:
    Oct 15, 2012 1:02 PM
    I don’t get the lovefest for Griffin – he is primarily only a runner – he isn’t that impressive as a passer – he usually throws under 20 yard passes and is not very accurate deep. In fact, when Griffin is confined to being just a passer, the Redskins lose.

    History will not be kind to Griffin – his style of quarterbacking has never won a Super Bowl.

    Right now Griffin is merely Mike Vick without the interceptions and the felon convictions.

    ______________________

    You sir, have clearly never seen Robert Griffin III play football, outside of maybe a few SportsCenter highlights.

  84. rickc402 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:20 PM

    I just don’t understand the motivation for fans of other teams to talk trash about anouther teams players. Honistly, I’m not a Vikings fan so I could care leads about Ponder, AP or Harvin and thus I don’t post on Vikings stories talking nonsense.

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