LANDOVER, Md.—Members of the Minnesota Vikings' offence leapfrogged over each other, then did the same to the Washington Redskins.
Case Keenum threw touchdowns to four different receivers to build a big lead as the NFC North-leading Vikings won their fifth in a row by beating the Redskins 38-30 yesterday afternoon despite two second-half interceptions.
With Teddy Bridgewater active for the first time since January, 2016 after a devastating knee injury, Keenum was 21-of-29 for 304 yards and TD passes to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, David Morgan, and Jarius Wright.
Mixing the good with the bad, Keenum was picked off on consecutive throws by D.J. Swearinger.
“Case played outstanding," lauded Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer. ”I [just] wish the two throws he had in the second half he would have not made.
“He's an excitable guy and he needs to understand when's the good plays and bad plays sometimes.”
Thielen had eight catches for a season-high 166 yards, and the Vikings celebrated his TD by kneeling in a line the end zone while he and Diggs leapfrogged over them.
“We were just playing a little leapfrog, just taking it back to the playground,” Thielen noted.
Latavius Murray also ran for a score as five players got into the end zone for Minnesota (7-2), which was 8-of-12 on third downs.
The Vikings won their first game out of the bye week for just the second time in eight seasons as they try to avoid a repeat of the swoon that cost them a playoff spot last season.
“This time around, we just want to show that we're a different team,” said Diggs, who had four catches for 78 yards.
“We came back with a chip on our shoulders, and we still got a lot to prove.”
Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins had three TDs—two rushing and one passing—and was 26-of-45 for 327 yards with an interception.
The Redskins (4-5) failed to build off an upset victory at Seattle the previous week and now find themselves on an uphill climb in the wild-card race.
“It seems like we've got this roller-coaster right now, where we're up, down,” cornerback Josh Norman said after Washington allowed 406 yards and gained 394.
“We've just got to get over that mark," he stressed. "And we will do that.”
Even though he didn't get into the game, Bridgewater considered being active a major milestone and shed a “few tears of joy” during the national anthem.
“Opportunities like these don't come along twice so when you get that second opportunity, you cherish it, you hold it, and you never want to let it go,” Bridgewater said.
“Today, it got the best of me.”
A day after being called up from the practice squad, second-year Redskins' receiver Maurice Harris came up with a highlight-reel grab: a diving, one-handed catch for a touchdown on the opening drive.
The 36-yard play originally was ruled an incompletion but the Redskins challenged and the call was reversed on replay review.
“I was surprised myself,” Harris said.
This was Harris' first game action this season—he last played in January—and the score represented the first TD of his career.
The Vikings' leapfrog celebration was legal, but Diggs leaping into the base of the crossbar was good for a 15-yard penalty—even in the New Fun League.
“Something that won't happen again,” Diggs vowed.
“I won't be giving out any more free hugs so they got to pay for it now.”
Elsewhere in the NFL, Green Bay beat Chicago 23-16, New Orleans bombed Buffalo 47-10, Tampa Bay downed the N.Y. Jets 15-10, Detroit dumped Cleveland 38-24, Pittsburgh edged Indianapolis 20-17, and Tennessee shaded Cincinnati 24-20.
Jacksonville nipped the L.A. Chargers 20-17 (OT), the L.A. Rams routed Houston 33-7, Atlanta dumped Dallas 27-7, San Francisco beat the N.Y. Giants 31-21, and New England pasted Denver 41-16.