Redskins Struggle Defensively, Lose to Vikings, 38-30

Washington Redskins wide receiver Maurice Harris lays out to haul in a one-handed touchdown while defended by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes in the first quarter of the Vikings' 38-30 win at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Nov. 12. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Maurice Harris lays out to haul in a one-handed touchdown while defended by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes in the first quarter of the Vikings' 38-30 win at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Nov. 12. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

The Washington Redskins defense took an unexpected week off while the Minnesota Vikings scored 28 first-half points en route to a 38-30 victory Sunday at FedEx Field.

Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum and wide receiver Adam Thielen combined for eight receptions, 166 yards and a touchdown. Keenum added three more touchdowns, including one to wide receiver Stefon Diggs and threw for a total of 304 yards. Washington gave up 406 yards of total offense to Minnesota (7-2).

“The first half was one of the worst defensive performances I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Washington head coach Jay Gruden. “We couldn’t get a stop on defense. We didn’t do a good job on third down or in the red zone on defense.”

The defense played a little better in the second half as defensive back D.J. Swearinger had two key interceptions that kept Washington in the game.

The Redskins were decent offensively, led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was 26 of 45 for 327 yards and one touchdown — a 36-yard pass to Maurice Harris, who caught the ball one-handed as he rolled into the end zone. Cousins also had one interception but he scored twice on the ground.

“We missed a lot of opportunities on offense,” Gruden said. “We have to do better.”

Washington (4-5) next travels to New Orleans to take on the red-hot Saints, which are on a seven-game winning streak after beginning the season 0-2.

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