- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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A few thoughts on Sunday's events at FedEx Field:
What it means: The Minnesota Vikings saw their three-game winning streak end after a comeback fell short at FedEx Field. They're 4-2, officially a half-game behind the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (4-1).
What I liked: Overcoming a series of defensive breakdowns and a sluggish offensive performance, the Vikings closed a 19-point deficit to as close as 31-26 with three minutes, 42 seconds remaining. They had the Redskins in a third-and-six situation on the ensuing possession, but a rare blitz gave Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III an opening for a game-clinching 76-yard touchdown run. The Vikings had played poorly enough to earn that 19-point deficit, but to their credit, they kept fighting. Quarterback Christian Ponder threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, but he was still pushing late in the fourth quarter.
What I didn't like: The game showed how slim the Vikings' margin for error is. Field goals on three first-quarter trips to the red zone came back to hurt them. That 9-0 lead turned to a 17-9 halftime deficit once Griffin got warmed up against a defense that looked uncomfortable against him. Ponder was inaccurate over too long of a stretch in this game, culminating with a fourth-quarter interception returned for a touchdown by Redskins safety Madieu Williams. This team doesn't have the firepower to overcome big deficits or multiple mistakes.
HarvinWatch: Receiver Percy Harvin caught 11 of the 14 passes thrown his way for 133 yards, four of which went for at least 15 yards. But this was the type of game the Vikings missed receiver Jerome Simpson, or at least the potential of what he can bring. Simpson was inactive because of a back injury, and it's hard to mount a big comeback without a true downfield threat.
What's next: The Vikings have an opportunity to rebound with two home games over the next 11 days, starting with the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.