The Washington Redskins snapped an 8 game losing streak at FEDEX Field and moved just one game away from the NFC East leading NY Giants, as they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-26 yesterday. Robert Griffin III ran for 139 yards and 2 TDs and completed 77% of his passes with a TD pass to Darrell Young. After each game, we provide what the Monday morning NFL analysts had to say, all in one article for you.
ESPN, John Clayton, Last Call
Robert Griffin III showed no signs of any concussion problems in the Redskins' 38-26 victory over the Vikings. … The Vikings continue to work the bubble screens to Percy Harvin, who had 11 catches for 133 yards, but the Redskins' defense didn't get burned by many of them.
ESPN, Studs & Duds
Griffin III passed for one TD and ran for two more, leading Washington to a 38-26 victory over the Vikings. With the Redskins nursing a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Griffin scored on a 76-yard run to ice the game. He finished with 138 yards on 13 carries.
King ranks Redskins #11 in his Top 15.
11. Washington (3-3). Thirteen carries, 138 yards. Robert Griffin III is one incredibly versatile football player.
CBS Sports, Clark Judge, Judgements
Guess that answers the question of whether the Redskins should've played RG3.
National Football Post, Matt Bowen, Sunday Notes
4. RGIII continues to make plays: The rookie is dynamic. No other way to say it. Even after suffering a concussion last week, the ‘Skins still went back to their game plan with Griffin because he gives you so much creativity within the offense. Look at the QB draw, the Pistol formation, etc. And we saw the impact of his 40 time (that many wanted to dismiss at the Combine as a non-factor at the QB position) on the 76-yard TD late in the 4th quarter in the Redskins’ win over the Vikings. That’s legit straight line speed. There is always going to be an injury risk when your QB runs in the open field, but Griffin throws for 182 and a score with 138-yards on the ground and 2 TDs. That’s impressive.
Sporting News, Vinny Iyer, NFL Checkdown
The Redskins are the Giants’ new big threat in the NFC East. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III—who else?—led the 38-26 romp over Minnesota with his running and passing, and pulled Washington (3-3) even with Philadelphia for second place, just a game behind New York. Let’s remember, the Redskins swept the Giants without a quarterback as good as Griffin last season. His dynamic mobility can counter the Giants' pass rush in the first of two matchups in Week 7. The Eagles and Cowboys continue to be sloppy on both sides of the ball, while the Redskins excel at protecting the ball and forcing big takeaways. It also will be fun to see RG3 duel with Eli Manning.
Pro Football Talk, Michael Smith, NFL Morning After
But if you were watching that game, you missed an absolutely amazing sequence of events — Russell Wilson throwing the second of his two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Seahawks over the Patriots, Robert Griffin III running for a 76-yard touchdown to seal the Redskins’ win over the Vikings
Yahoo Sports, Week 6 Winners & Losers
Magnificent work by Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns – the latter a fantastic 76-yard scoring run in the win over the Minnesota Vikings. Griffin showed no signs of backing down from contact after having a concussion last Sunday. In the long run, his health may be a bit of a concern, but for now it's simply breathtaking to watch him go.
Fox Sports, NFL Rewind
In the second half of last Sunday's loss to Atlanta, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III couldn't remember the score or quarter following a hit to the head by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. The rookie quarterback rebounded Sunday with an unforgettable performance against the Vikings (4-2) capped by a 76-yard touchdown run with 2:43 left to quash Minnesota's comeback efforts. Griffin's rushing ability is one of the things that make him so special. The "mild" concussion he suffered against Atlanta didn't temper that or cause him to play scared. Having to settle for field goals on three first-quarter trips inside the red zone was great for fantasy football players who have kicker Blair Walsh on their teams but terrible for the Vikings, who were subsequently outscored 31-3 before a late rally.
Fox Sports, Top Ten Takeaways
You can’t talk about MVP candidates without at least mentioning Robert Griffin III. Where would the 3-3 Redskins be without their rookie quarterback? In Sunday’s gutsy 38-26 win over the Vikings, Griffin recorded the longest scoring run by a QB in 16 years, a 76-yard game-sealing score late in the fourth quarter. On the day, Griffin threw for 182 yards, ran for another 138 more and accounted for three touchdowns. The Redskins are .500 and in the thick of the NFC playoff mix. That’s all RG3.
Fox Sports, NFL Lessons
Any coach will tell you nothing in the NFL is more important, or more difficult, than getting the win. Well, Washington surely got that on Sunday, beating the Vikings 38-26 to improve to 3-3. So what’s the problem? Superstar rookie QB Robert Griffin III (pictured) led the charge, throwing for 182 yards and a score and running for another 138 — including a 76-yard TD. But the storyline entering the game was whether RG3 would even play, having suffered a concussion the week before. With the offense’s dependence upon its leader seeming to grow every week, what happens the next time his health is in question for a game? Does the pressure intensify — from the QB, the coaching staff or both — to get him on the field?