The Minnesota Vikings have been on the verge of being out of the playoff race after recent losses to Green Bay and Chicago.
Right now, the Vikings’ playoff chances are faint and needed a road win at Washington to keep their hopes alive.
After Brad Childress was shown the door in a somewhat surprising mid-season dismissal, it was a mystery of how the Vikings would respond on the road against a NFC rival such as the Donovan McNabb-led Washington Redskins.
Early on, the Redskins were able to get on the scoreboard first with a touchdown drive. However, the Vikings responded with the strong running of Adrian Peterson.
Peterson reached the 1,000 mark for a fourth consecutive year. However, once the All-Pro running back reached that mark, Peterson suffered a high ankle injury and his status is questionable for next week’s game versus Buffalo.
Favre became the main focal point of the Vikings’ offense after the Peterson injury and led the team on two scoring drives in the second half and helped to make a winner out of new head coach, Leslie Frazier, in his debut with a 17-13 win over the Redskins.
For the Washington Redskins, a home loss to the Vikings comes after overtime win over the Tennessee Titans on November 21st. Many believed that a win would get the Redskins back on track and silence the talk about McNabb’s benching from Mike Shanahan on October 31st against the Detroit Lions.
The Redskins had to deal with major injuries to players such as Clinton Portis who is out for the year. For McNabb the game started well, but disappeared as Favre began to emerge. Donovan McNabb completed 21 of 35 passes for 211 yards with one TD and one interception which was his 13th of the season, a career high.
The Vikings’ defense kept McNabb and the Redskins’ offense out the endzone for most of the day and allowed three field goals, two of those were in the fourth quarter.
Washington’s last scoring opportunity occurred when McNabb completed a 45-yard pass to receiver Anthony Armstrong which set up a 42-yard kick by Graham Gano, making it 17-13. The Vikings record improve to 4 and 7, and the Redskins drop to 5 and 6.