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Redskins lose momentum against Vikings as defensive problems mount

15 November 2017

"It seems like we've got this rollercoaster right now where we're up, down, we've just got to get over that mark", Norman said.

"We were consistent with drop-back game, with the play-action game", he said.

The Washington Redskins came into Sunday's game determined not to lose momentum after a huge road win in Seattle last week. The win demonstrated what the Redskins defense could be at their best: disciplined, hard-hitting and talented.

Keenum carried a ideal passer rating well into the third quarter, connecting on four touchdown passes and drilling deep strikes to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs as the Vikings posted 28 points in the first half of a game for the first time since November 30, 2014.

Thielen had eight catches for a season-high 166 yards. The Redskins now are ranked 15th in the latest Week 11 listing. There was no ball or stretch where I felt like we couldn't move the ball and yet no matter what we did, it still felt like we weren't doing enough and it's because of - I think - a few missed opportunities here and there and just a couple of plays that if they go our way or if they don't go our way that could change the game and make a big difference probably there at the end.

In the second quarter, Cousins found Chris Thompson for a 27-yard gain on fourth down.

Cousins went on to name several failed scoring opportunities - either drives in which the Redskins had to settle for a field goal, or didn't come away with any points at all - which would have added up to 45 points and a Redskins victory. They settled for a field goal.

For most of the season, the Redskins defense helped bail out the offense. Washington got within eight one more time, only to have its final onside kick attempt trickle out of bounds. The opposite nearly happened Sunday.

Redskins: WR Ryan Grant was initially cleared of, and then ruled out with, a concussion.

Trae Waynes was stride-for-stride with Maurice Harris in the first quarter, but the receiver made a one-handed catch for a 36-yard touchdown on Washington's opening drive.

That prompted quarterback Kirk Cousins to go to the air for the first time, and he hit wide receiver Jamison Crowder over the middle for 32 yards, as Crowder ran up the sideline to the Vikings 14-yard line.

"I wish we'd played a little better defensively today, but it was an very bad good win", Zimmer said.

As was the case for most of the day, the Vikings answered the Redskins' rally in just six plays - taking a 21-17 lead with 1:49 left in the half.

On the first, Keenum threw a late pass off his back foot intended for Kyle Rudolph, and D.J. Swearinger intercepted it to set up a long Washington drive. The Vikings scored, entering halftime with a 28-17 lead. "It's a great feeling to have when you know that quarterback is going to come out and compete just like he has the whole game".

Even though he started slow against Minnesota, Swearinger basically single-handedly brought his team back into the game in the second half.

Next week the Redskins go to New Orleans to face the Saints in a game that becomes a lot more critical in the playoff race. Of the Redskins' five losses this year, all of them are against teams with winning records. "We've got to pull together".

Redskins lose momentum against Vikings as defensive problems mount