Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 13, six days before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference, 3 p.m.
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 6
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 10
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 17
Five key plays from Redskins vs Vikings
Maurice Harris’ touchdown catch—It was such an acrobatic catch that it made circus performers jealous and it came on his first target of the year. The touchdown capped the Redskins’ opening drive and it was the first blow in what was a back and forth battle for most of the first half.
Mackenzie Alexander second-quarter interception—The Vikings had just retaken the lead but the Redskins had 1:49 left in the half and they were looking to put together a late drive. Kirk Cousins threw a short pass intended for Jamison Crowder but it was off of his back foot due to some pressure and it sailed high. Alexander made a diving interception at the 33 and returned it to the 23. It took just three plays for the Vikings to score a touchdown and make it a two-score game at 28-17.
Case Keenum 49-yard pass to Adam Theilen—Not only did this play on the Vikings’ first series of the third quarter set up the touchdown the essentially put this game out of reach, it encapsulated so many of the issues the Redskins defense had on the day. Keenum had plenty of time to throw and Theilen got so open that it was hard to tell who was supposed to be covering him. It was simple pitch and catch and three plays later the Vikings were in the end zone, taking a 35-17 lead.
D.J. Swearinger’s fourth-quarter interception—The safety got a pick in the third quarter but the Redskins lost the ball on downs in the ensuing possession. On the first play of the fourth quarter he jumped the route on a pass intended for Kyle Rudolph, intercepted the pass at the Minnesota 33 and returned it to the two. Two plays later the Redskins were into the end zone and all of a sudden it was a one-score game at 35-27.
Kai Forbath 53-yard field goal—After the Vikings claimed running back Mack Brown off of waivers a couple of weeks ago, some thought that this might be his revenge game. But Brown was inactive and the former Redskin who made a big play was Forbath, the team’s kicker for three seasons from 2012-2014. After the Redskins closed it to within eight the Vikings put on a methodical drive that burned up over seven minutes and ended with Forbath booming the field goal. The Redskins moved on from him because they were concerned that his leg was not strong enough but he is four for four on field goals from 50 yards or longer this season.
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