Vikings lose Ponder but win clash with Washington Redskins

Culminating with the injury riddled and erratic Minnesota Vikings defense making an impressive four down stand to end the game, cementing a Minnesota Vikings victory over the visiting Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

The player that stood out to us most was Vikings tight end John Carlson who, for most of last season and thus far this season, has been all but invisible.   Carlson had been playing behind an injured Kyle Rudolph and against the Redskins was given his first shot as a starter.  He did not disappoint catching seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.  Carlson has seen the field in nine of the ten Vikings games this year and in the first eight appearances he had a total of 61 yards on 11 catches and no touchdowns.  The people who were down on Carlson this year may have received their reason, his play as the number one tight end option has elevated his game.

Receiver Jerome Simpson also had a good game making several key catches for 45 yards.  **Update 11/9/2013** Jerome Simpson was arrested on November 9 in the early morning for driving while intoxicated.  The Vikings issued a statement but very few details are available.

Quarterback Christian Ponder also had a standout game against Washington.  Unfortunately he left the game in the third quarter with a dislocated left shoulder (non-throwing arm) .  Ponder went 17-21 for two touchdowns and 174 yards.

Adrian Peterson scored twice and added 75 rushing yards, bringing his total for the year to 786 rushing yards.

The evening, however, was dedicated to service members.  The Vikings had the crowd hold up a message thanking the soldiers and veterans around the world.

The Minnesota Vikings defeat the Washington Redskins on Military night on Thursday Night Football.
The Minnesota Vikings defeat the Washington Redskins on Military night on Thursday Night Football.

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