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Monday, September 11, 2006

Vikings 19 Redskins 16, Skins fall to 0-1

The Redskins offense disappeared in the second half scoring 3 points and 105 total yards.. Still a missed 48 yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds by John Hall ended up the difference in a 19-16 opening night loss to Minnesota..
The Skins were outgained 321 to 266.. Washington also blew a seven point first half lead, and four point halftime lead in the defeat.. It was Washington’s first loss in a season opener in 5 years.. It was their first loss in a home opener since 2001 when they lost to Kansas City.. It was Washington’s first season opening loss at home since 1999 when they fell to Dallas.. The Skins and Cowboys play next week in Dallas, both teams are 0-1..

Clinton Portis did play carrying the ball 10 times for 39 yards and the Skins lone touchdown.. Portis said he did not feel like his shoulder was hurt any worse by the action.. The offense sputtered in the red zone as Washington settled for 4 field goal attempts making 3..
Minnesota botched the snap on an extra point and also had a long miss by kicker Ryan Longwell..

Injuries: S Pierson Prioleau suffered an ACL injury to his right knee, he will have an MRI on Tuesday, if it is torn he done for the season.. The injury occurred on the opening kickoff and appeared to not be contact related.. DE Phillip Daniels suffered a bruised knee but returned to the game.. Daniels said he got cut low and took a helmet directly on his kneecap.. He said his leg went numb from it so he took some time off the field, but said although painful, he doesn’t believe the injury is serious.. TE Christian Fauria suffered a bruised lower leg and will be re-evaluated later in the week..

Two costly penalties allowed the Vikings to cap off a game winning drive that started from their two yard line.. The first was a personal foul on Sean Taylor.. Taylor spoke after the game and did not blame the refs for a bad call. There was mixed reaction to this call with a number of players questioning why a similar play by a Vikings safety on Brandon Lloyd didn’t receive a similar penalty.. Others like Marcus Washington said he was excited about Taylor’s intensity but on some plays, we “have to be a little smarter.” Taylor said he’s just a player and that a call like that shouldn’t be the reason the team lost a game or not.. he also was called for a 15 yard face mask, but Taylor said he doesn’t believe he grabbed the face mask..

WR Antawn Randle-El caught a 5 yard pass on 3rd and 6 that got the Skins to the Vikings 30 and set up the game ending missed field goal.. Randle-El said he believed he was the recipient of a bad spot saying he stretched the ball out as he was tackled and believed it should have been enough to give Washington a first down.. Joe Gibbs said he believes the 48 yard FG was definitely in John Hall’s range and was “one of those things” in regard to the miss..

Chris Cooley was held to negative 3 yards receiving, the leader pass catcher was Santana Moss with only 4 yards on two grabs.. He did have a touchdown broken up on a hit by Darren Sharper.. Randle-El stood out with 5 catches for 34 yards and 3 punt returns for 38 yards, one a long of 15..


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