The Vikings picked the wrong week to have to go up against Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins spectacular rookie QB showed no ill effects of a concussion as he rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and threw for one more, leading the Redskins over the Vikings 38-26.
Griffin completed 17-of-22 passes for 182 yards as the Redskins (3-3) snapped an eight-game home losing streak. His 76-yard touchdown run late in the game showed just how good the Skins rookie QB can be, and the Vikings could only watch.
After falling behind 9-0 early and being outgained 148-7, Washington responded with 24 straight points during a stretch in which it outgained Minnesota 225-14.
The Vikings made a game of it with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and were starting to use their timeouts, hoping to get the ball back when Griffin faced third-and-6 at his own 24, and the next play, he was off to the races with a 76-yard TD run.
Christian Ponder threw for 352 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 35-of-52 passing, and Percy Harvin had a big day through the air, catching 11 balls for 133 yards for the Vikings (4-2), who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Adrian Peterson returned to the same field where he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 16 of 2011 and was bottled up most of the day, rushing for 79 yards on 17 carries. Michael Jenkins and Kyle Rudolph each caught touchdown passes in the setback.
One of the keys of the loss was the Vikings inability to score touchdowns. They paid the price for promising possessions that fell four points short. Drives that got inside the 10 yielded field goals of 20, 27 and 27 yards in the first quarter.
”We’ve got to turn those 3s into 7,” said Peterson. ”Today, it finally came back and bit us.”