Redskins Lose to Vikings 17-13

Gary "Digital" Williams | 11/27/2010, 6:59 p.m.
The first 7:53 of the Washington Redskins's 17-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings was among...
Redskins quarterback Donavan McNabb and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Bret Farve faced off at FedEx field Sunday, Nov. 28. Despite scoring on the opening drive the Redskins fell to the Vikings17-13 in this hard fought game game. Courtesy Photo

The first 7:53 of the Washington Redskins's 17-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings was among the best offense the team put together all year. (Image slide show at the end of this article)

Unfortunately, there was 52:07 left to play in the contest and the Redskins offensive took the remaining time and reverted to the same stagnant offense that has plagued them all year in front of a disappointed FedEx Field crowd of 83,602.

On the first drive of the contest, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb was perfect (8-8 for 64 yards) and finished the 13 play, 83 yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Fred Davis to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead.

From there, however, the Redskins struggled with their running game as replacements Keiland Williams and James Davis combined for just 29 yards. The team also committed key penalties on two Brandon Banks returns; one of those penalties nullified a Brandon Banks kickoff return for a touchdown that would have given the Redskins the lead late in the game.

The Redskins could only manage two Graham Gano field goals the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the Vikings won despite losing their top running back Adrian Peterson with a foot injury. Rookie running back Toby Gerhart took up the slack rushing 29 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan was very curt when meeting with reporters after the game.

"Bottom line, you get it done or you don't and today we didn't get it done," Shanahan said.

The Redskins record drops to 5-6 while the Vikings rise to 4-7. The Redskins will play the New York Giants at the new Meadowlands Stadium next Sunday. The Giants (7-4) rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 at home on Sunday.