Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Robert Griffin III was unable to come up with a win in his return from injury as Washington’s NFL team fell to the Minnesota Vikings, 29-26, on Nov. 2 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Griffin completed 18 of 28 passes for 251 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and added 24 rushing yards. He was also sacked five times in his first game since Week 2, during which he was sidelined with a dislocated ankle.
Viking running back Matt Asiata was the player of the game, scoring three rushing touchdowns for the Vikings (4-5). Asiata had 26 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards and a two-point conversion.
The matchup turned into a shootout between Griffin and Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, with five lead changes in the game. Griffin got Washington going late in the first quarter with a 45-yeard strike to receiver DeSean Jackson, who finished with four receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown.
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) scores on a 14-yard touchdown run in front of Minnesota Vikings strong safety Robert Blanton, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Washington (3-6) had most of the momentum in the first half until a Griffin pass intended for Andre Roberts was intercepted by cornerback Captain Munnerlyn with only a minute left in the half. The Vikings quickly capitalized on the turnover, with tight end Chase Ford catching a 20-yard touchdown reception just before halftime.
Bridgewater was red hot in the second half, and Washington’s defense had trouble stopping Minnesota’s versatile offense. The Vikings racked up two scoring drives each more than 70 yards long in the fourth quarter.
In the closing minutes of the game and down 29-26, Griffin’s pass intended for Pierre Garcon at the 43-yard line fell short, leading to a turnover on downs and preventing Kai Forbath from attempting a field goal to tie the game.
Viking running back Jerick McKinnon was the workhorse for Minnesota, contributing 14 carries for 54 yards. Receiver Greg Jennings had six receptions for 76 yards, and Chase Ford added five receptions for 66 yards. Washington running back Alfred Morris found his stride in the game, totaling 19 carries for 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Washington’s NFL team enters a bye week before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7) on Nov. 16.