Halftime: Vikings allow three TDs to RGIII, trail Redskins 24-14
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder did exactly what he needed to do to keep his starting job in the first half of Thursday night's game against the Washington Redskins - be competitive.
Ponder completed 10-of-13 passes for 85 yards, one touchdown and one interception as the Vikings trail 24-14 at halftime.
Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather picked off Ponder on a deep attempt to receiver Greg Jennings, as he was double covered, to end the Vikings' first drive.
But Ponder led two scoring drives, one for 65 yards and the other for 73 yards, en route to consecutive touchdowns by running back Adrian Peterson and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Patterson's two-yard touchdown catch is the first of his career. The Redskins kicked away from Patterson on their first two kickoffs, but he got his hands on the third and took it for 25 yards. Patterson leads all returners in the NFL in average yards per return.
However, the defense has been abysmal.
The Redskins' first-quarter score, an eight-yard touchdown catch by receiver Pierre Garcon, was the first time they've scored a touchdown in the first 15 minutes all season. Quarterback Robert Griffen III threw for three touchdowns.
The Vikings defense is decimated by injuries as they're down to three healthy defensive tackles. Redskins running back Alfred Morris ran for 88 yards on 16 carries in the first half as he broke through numerous tackles.
The Redskins did not have to use their punter in the first half. The Vikings have not stopped an offense from scoring, on drives they didn't take a knee, on their last 12 attempts.
The Vikings defense has not stopped an opponent from scoring at home since the Oct. 13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
To clarify, an opposing punter has not had to punt in the Metrodome since Oct. 13.