Vikings Best Redskins in Sloppy Thursday Night Showdown
The Vikings coasted to their fourth straight win as Kirk Cousins turned in a tidy 23-of-26 outing with 285 yards while the Redskins came up empty yet again on offense.
A good football team beat a bad football team on Thursday night in Minnesota.
A little simplistic, says you? Too reductionist for 40 minutes of NFL football, perhaps? Well, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Washington Redskins 19–9 in a relatively uneventful Week 8 matchup that went mostly according to script, save for Minnesota’s pedestrian offensive output.
The game had the potential to be something more; a triple-barrel revenge-fest of the highest degree, with Case Keenum returning to the stadium where he delivered playoff magic two seasons ago on the team formerly quarterbacked by the man the Vikings opened the checkbook for in Kirk Cousins. And of course, the ageless Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota for the second time after a forgetful appearance as a Saint in 2017, looking to bowl over the team with which he spent the first decade of his Hall of Fame career.
But alas, it’s Thursday Night Football, and neither team looked prepared. A choppy affair ensued, one marked by long drives ending in disjointed red zone failure for both teams, chunk plays called back because of penalties and a busy night for both field goal kickers. But in the end, the Vikings coasted to victory because, quite simply, they’re better.
On a night when Peterson moved into sixth place on the all-time rushing yards list, his counterpart Dalvin Cook ran roughshod over the Redskins’ defense, logging 98 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as well as 73 yards on five receptions, all the while increasing his lead on the rest of the NFL in yards from scrimmage. He did much of his damage thanks to excellent blocking by the Vikings offensive line, with the men in purple mustering a consistent-enough push to keep running lanes open for the speedy, shifty Cook. Those two qualities were on full display when Minnesota dialed up screen plays, with excellent downfield blocking allowing Cook to start dancing and gash the Washington D for chunk plays on multiple occasions.