Redskins at Vikings final score, takeaways: Dwayne Haskins replaces Keenum, Minnesota's defense takes over

It wasn't pretty. It certainly wasn't dominant. They settled for far too many field goals when touchdowns would've turned a close game into an easy win. But the end result on Thursday night was a Vikings win over a hapless Washington Redskins team that pushed Minnesota's record to 6-2, extended their unbeaten run to four games, and further diminished the memory of that disastrous loss to the Bears four weeks ago that preceded their winning streak. 

On Thursday night, the Vikings rode Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs to a 19-9 win over the Redskins. Cook racked up 171 yards from scrimmage. Diggs caught all seven of his targets for 143 yards. And in a revenge game against the team that for so many years refused to commit to him as their franchise quarterback, Kirk Cousins continued his run with a 23 of 26 for 285 yards and a 112.3 passer rating performance. Even though the Vikings only managed to score 19 points, it's worth noting they didn't punt once. They had their issues in the red zone, but they mostly controlled this game against an already bad Redskins team that lost its starting quarterback, Case Keenum, after halftime to a concussion. The Vikings' defense never really felt threatened by Dwayne Haskins, limiting the Redskins to three points in the second half. 

Dwayne Haskins had a chance to lead the Redskins on an epic comeback upset victory over the Vikings, but he struggled again, and now Washington has an interesting quarterback situation brewing? Ryan Wilson, John Breech and Sean Wagner-McGough joined Will Brinson to break everything down from Thursday Night Football and more. Listen in the player below, and be sure to subscribe here for daily NFL goodness.

Why the Vikings won

Coming into this matchup, all anyone could talk about was the Vikings offense. Cook had a 142-yard, two-touchdown performance last week and Cousins had passed for at least 300 yards and a combined 10 touchdowns over the past three weeks. It was the Vikings defense, however, that came up big on Thursday night. They gave up just 216 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers, but more importantly, they were stifling in the red zone. Both times the Redskins got within 20 yards of the end zone after impressive drives, Minnesota's defense stood tall, and forced two field goals. If the Redskins were able to score touchdowns on those drives, this game would have been a lot more interesting. 

Why the Redskins lost

On the flip side, the Redskins' offense was just not good enough. After failing to score a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, they failed again on Thursday night. Keenum was able to lead a couple of productive drives, but those series eventually stalled, and Dustin Hopkins was forced to come on to kick field goals. Specifically, Haskins let the offense down in the second half. He completed just 3 of 5 passes for 33 yards and also threw an interception. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin had his way with the Vikings defense in the first half, and recorded four receptions for 39 yards. He failed to make a catch in the final two quarters after the Vikings made halftime adjustments to take him away. Washington's defense did its best -- 19 points were the fewest amount of points Minnesota had scored in the last four weeks -- but the offense just couldn't move the ball and couldn't stay on the field. 

Turning Point

After Haskins went three and out on his first drive in the second half, he led the Redskins on a six-play, 50-yard drive which ended in a field goal. The Redskins defense then came up big and stopped a Cousins sneak on fourth down on the ensuing drive. Washington finally had some momentum, but it needed its rookie quarterback to come up big. Unfortunately, that did not happen. 

Just two plays into his third drive, Haskins overthrew his college teammate, McLaurin, and Anthony Harris intercepted the tipped pass. Haskins has been prone to turnovers so far, and threw three interceptions in his first NFL action back in Week 4. It became clear at this point that the Redskins' offense wouldn't be able to get the job done. The Vikings scored a field goal on the next drive, Haskins again went three and out and the Vikings were able run out the clock for their fourth straight victory.

Play of the Game

Cook was the MVP of this matchup. He finished with 98 rushing yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. He was also effective through the air, and caught five passes for 73 yards. Late in the second quarter, he took a screen pass 31 yards into the red zone, which set up Minnesota for the only touchdown scored on Thursday night. 

Cook now has 1,000 scrimmage yards on the season, and has proven that he's one of the best running backs in the NFL. He's struggled with injury problems early in his career, but has been an absolute force for this improving Vikings' offensive attack. 

Quotable

"He's playing outstanding right now. He's been on a roll for the last four ball games and we're hoping it continues to stay that way." - Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer on Cousins.

The much-maligned Cousins has seemingly found his footing in the Vikings offense, something we have been waiting on for over a year. While he didn't throw a touchdown on Thursday night, he completed 23 of his 26 passing attempts and kept the chains moving. He's finally starting to earn all that money Minnesota promised him, and the Vikings are rolling. 

What's next

The Vikings travel to Kansas City next Sunday, where they will take on the Chiefs. There appears to be a chance that Patrick Mahomes could return in Week 9 after he dislocated his kneecap earlier this month. 

The Redskins travel to Buffalo to take on the 5-1 Bills. Josh Allen and Co. have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season. They have one of the best defenses in the league, and they have been grinding out wins as of late. 

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Season Leaders

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T. Heinicke 1390 YD, 9 TDS, 6 INTS
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T. Heinicke 1390 YD, 9 TDS, 6 INTS
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K. Cousins 1769 YD, 13 TDS, 2 INTS
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K. Cousins 1769 YD, 13 TDS, 2 INTS
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A. Gibson 89 ATT, 357 YD, 3 TDS
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A. Gibson 89 ATT, 357 YD, 3 TDS
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D. Cook 80 ATT, 366 YD, 2 TDS
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D. Cook 80 ATT, 366 YD, 2 TDS
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T. McLaurin 33 REC, 428 YD, 3 TDS
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T. McLaurin 33 REC, 428 YD, 3 TDS
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J. Jefferson 41 REC, 542 YD, 3 TDS
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J. Jefferson 41 REC, 542 YD, 3 TDS
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Not the game the Vikings wanted, but a win is a win. The Vikings are 6-2 and the Redskins are 1-7. Vikings play the Chiefs and Redskins play the Bills.

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October 25, 2019, 3:06 AM
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Per Pro-Football-Reference, this is just the 3rd time since the merger a team was won a game in which they scored fewer than 20 points and didn't punt.

October 25, 2019, 3:04 AM
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Can't wait to see the official time of this game. Think it was 2:41

October 25, 2019, 3:01 AM
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Minnesota ran 8:16 off the clock and got the ball with 8:42 left. That's clock management. Bravo.

October 25, 2019, 3:00 AM
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Annnd both the under and Redskins cover about to come in here...Interesting because the line movement went in the Vikings' favor from 16 to 16.5 and then 17. Not the home blowout most though as the Redskins continue to shorten games. They have now covered two weeks in a row.

October 25, 2019, 3:00 AM
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The Vikings did not punt in this game and only have 19 points.

October 25, 2019, 2:59 AM
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Sean what you think? Vikings score and cover?

October 25, 2019, 2:57 AM
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Vikings are going to go to 6-2.

NFC North Standings
1. Packers (6-1) 2. Vikings (6-2) 3. Bears (3-3) 4. Lions (2-3-1)

October 25, 2019, 2:56 AM
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A lot of nervous gamblers right now. This game is all but over, but the Vikings need 7 to cover

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3rd-and-19 and the Vikings get a first down on a Mattison run.


Game. Set. Match.

October 25, 2019, 2:54 AM
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That line from Zimmer is great. "No one cares."

October 25, 2019, 2:53 AM
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Chiefs on the road. Cowboys on the road next.

October 25, 2019, 2:52 AM
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I know they only are playing the Redskins, but where do we rank the Vikings amongst the contenders in the NFC?

October 25, 2019, 2:51 AM
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Thanks to penalties, we may not see that cover. Two first downs and this one may be over.

October 25, 2019, 2:49 AM
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Vikings don't need to pass the ball. They are running this clock down.

October 25, 2019, 2:48 AM
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It would be very funny if Bailey missed an XP after he's carried the Vikings tonight https://twitter.com/JPFinlayNB...

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He's at 1,103 scrimmage yards for the season.

October 25, 2019, 2:45 AM
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Dalvin Cook has 26 touches for 149 yards tonight.

October 25, 2019, 2:44 AM
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A toss works too. That's a huge conversion as the clock seriously starts to matter. A touchdown here will do it.

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Third-and-2: Look for a play-action boot here. It's been effective tonight

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Dalvin Cook has nine rushing TD through eight games. Tied with Adrian Peterson for most through that many games to start a year in Vikings history.

October 25, 2019, 2:42 AM
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I expect the Vikings to completely control the clock here. Could see a nice six minute scoring drive.

October 25, 2019, 2:40 AM
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That was disastrous. Illegal shift. Haskins running all over the place on third down when he needed to give his WRs a shot by getting rid of the ball. Add in a holding penalty and Y I K E S.

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The Redskins did well to keep things close but now they are forced out of their comfort zone and can't afford to be playing a clock-control style here. They need to get Haskins in shotgun and allow him to do what he does best -- throw in rhythm on crossers.

October 25, 2019, 2:38 AM
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Hey Sean. Two runs and a pass!

October 25, 2019, 2:37 AM
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I would be surprised if the over hit (41.5). However, the cover (-16.5) is still very much in play for the Vikings.

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I would have given up two firsts for Diggs. Always liked him since his days at Maryland. Used to torch Penn State.

October 25, 2019, 2:35 AM
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Remember when everyone thought he was gonna get traded? https://twitter.com/ArifHasanN...

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I'm going up against McLaurin and Cook in fantasy and will have a chance Sunday because McLaurin just isn't getting the ball deep.

October 25, 2019, 2:33 AM
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Feeling a Haskins pick-six on this drive. Down 10, the Redskins need to start throwing. Can't just keep grinding away on offense. Haskins threw three interceptions in his lone appearance earlier this season.

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