Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- No Minnesota Vikings team has ever started a season (1-8), and that is still true after this year's team battled to a 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins at Mall of America Field on Thursday night.
Christian Ponder started the game at quarterback and played admirably, completing 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He left injured in the fourth quarter, dislocating his shoulder on a running play on which he leapt for the end zone and collided with DeAngelo Hall.
Adrian Peterson was his usual bruising self, running 20 times for 75 yards and two scores in the winning effort.
Robert Griffin III and Washington had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth, driving the ball inside the Vikings' 5-yard line with less than a minute to play but failing to score a touchdown.
Minnesota is now (2-7) this season and will next be in action Nov. 17 on the road against the Seattle Seahawks.