PASSING OFFENSE: B – Christian Ponder wasn't much of a factor, passing for only 68 yards on 8-of-13 passing before leaving the game with a concussion after the third play of the second half. But he didn't turn the ball over after a three-week stretch in which he had eight turnovers. Joe Webb replaced Ponder and gave the team yet another reason to wonder why he's not being given a chance to be the quarterback of the future. In five possessions, Webb directed four consecutive scoring drives, including three consecutive touchdowns. He completed 4-of-5 passes for 84 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A – The Vikings ran for 241 yards, and only 38 of them belonged to Adrian Peterson, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament on a gruesome hit to his left knee on the first play of the second half. Backup Toby Gerhart came through with his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 109 yards on 11 carries, including a team season-long 67-yarder to set up a touchdown. Backup quarterback Joe Webb, an electric runner with size and instincts, ran five times for 34 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown.
PASS DEFENSE: C – After nine games without an interception, the Vikings finally picked off a pass. It took two poorly thrown balls by Rex Grossman to get it done. Safety Jamarca Sanford dropped the first one. Rookie safety Mistral Raymond caught the second one, a horrendously overthrown ball. The Vikings' injury-depleted secondary still struggled, allowing Grossman to complete 63.4 percent of his 41 throws for 284 yards and two touchdowns.
RUSH DEFENSE: D – The Vikings' once-proud run defense no longer exists. The Redskins were forced to use rookie Evan Royster when another rookie, Roy Helu, was made inactive. Royster tore through the Vikings' defense for 132 yards on 19 carries (6.9 average). The Vikings simply don't control their gaps the way they used to from 2006 to 2009.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D – K Ryan Longwell missed an extra point for only the 10th time in 639 career attempts, including regular season and postseason. He simply shanked it. He also missed a 49-yard field-goal attempt. The punt coverage unit did OK, holding Brandon Banks to a 4.7-yard average on three returns. However, the kick coverage unit struggled again. There weren't major breakdowns, but Banks did have a 43-yard return.
COACHING: A – It wasn't a masterpiece, but coach Leslie Frazier and his staff won a game on the road with a team that had only two victories and played nearly the entire second half without its best player (Peterson) and its starting quarterback. It wasn't the smartest win in franchise history, considering the Vikings were within striking distance of the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft. But the consolation is the assurance that the players haven't quit on Frazier, who has been told by ownership that he's returning next season.
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