Second String Backfield Allows Vikings To Upend Washington; 33-26

Despite injuries to Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder, the Vikings found a way to beat the Washington Redskins, snapping a six-game losing streak Saturday with a 33-26 win.

Toby Gerhart set up a touchdown with a 67-yard run, and Joe Webb threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Webb completed 4 of 5 passes for 84 yards and ran five times for 34 yards. Gerhart had 109 yards on 11 carries as the Vikings (3-12) kept alive their hopes to not finish with the worst record in team history. A win next week against Chicago would put them ahead of the 1984 Minnesota team that went 3-13.

The Vikings hadn’t lost seven in a row in the same season since their expansion year of 1961, and their win extended a streak of misery for the Redskins (5-10). Washington has lost six straight at home, which hadn’t happened since 1994.

Webb’s 8-yard pass to Percy Harvin broke a 23-23 tie early in the fourth quarter, and rookie Mistral Raymond’s first career interception set up Ryan Longwell’s 23-yard field goal. That gave the Vikings a 10-point lead with 4:05 to play. Minnesota had gone nine games without a pick before Raymond’s big play.

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5 Responses to “Second String Backfield Allows Vikings To Upend Washington; 33-26”

  1. wtfvikesfan says:

    Merry Christmas to all!!!!

  2. Dan says:

    This has to be the worst I’ve ever felt after a win. Blow the chance at the first pick that could have been sold for multiple future picks and AD may have a career threatening injury. Not exactly a merry Christmas moment in my mind.

  3. Joe Webb says:

    The “second string” is a better line up. It’s clear as a bell.

  4. Kevin says:

    This sets the rebuilding way back. We’ll probably spank the Bears next week and end up picking about 5th.

  5. 4eversteve says:

    The rebuilding process begin as soon as the season is over, it may not be as simple waiting for the draft but rather a matter of the coaches challenging the players already on the team to work on there weaknesses in the off season. There really isn’t an off season for the players any longer so for the players to get together study film work out together in order to build trust in one another and become a real team. Whether or not the players respect the coaching staff in place remains to be seen. One thing is very evident these players don’t trust in one another and there record reflects that…

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