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The bad things vs Washington
- A bad start. The Vikings weren’t able to do much against the Redskins on their opening drive. Washington got a big play from an amazing catch by Harris that would have been nearly impossible to stop, but it put Minnesota behind by 7 early on.
- Loose coverage. Too many times, the Washington wide receivers were given far too much space. This happened only a few times in the second half, but the first half saw some passing opportunities that seemed uncontested by the Vikings defense.
- 4th downs. The Vikings did a really good job of stopping Washington on third down. However, when the Redskins decided to go for it on 4th down, they were able to convert three of their five attempts. Getting a turnover on downs would have been a huge momentum swing, instead, Washington got that momentum.
- The dark half. Case Keenum had an amazing first half and started out well be getting one more touchdown early in the third quarter. Then, back to back pass attempts were intercepted by the same defender and allowed the Redskins to get back into the game.
- Sitting on leads. The Vikings have a bad habit of not finishing games strong. They will let teams creep back into games at the end and give them hope of a comeback. And considering how Washington is a team known for last-minute wins, that’s not a good thing at all.