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3 Stats That Stood Out: Vikings at Redskins

The Vikings **defeated the Redskins 38-30** on Sunday at FedExField.

Minnesota scored 21 unanswered points in a span that covered the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, and the defense **rose to the occasion** down the stretch.

Case Keenum threw **four touchdowns**, and Adam Thielen caught **eight passes for 166 yards**.

The Vikings offense was 4-for-4 in goal-to-go situations, and the defense limited the Redskins to 2-for-4.

Here are three stats, with help of analytics site Pro Football Focus, that stood out in Sunday's win.

1. Cleaning up when kept clean

The Vikings offensive line didn't allow a sack of Keenum for the fourth full game this season, but PFF did count a pressure of Keenum on 30 percent of his dropbacks (nine of 30). In the face of pressure, Keenum was 4-for-9 for 24 yards with an interception. When Keenum was "kept clean" and did not face pressure, he completed 17 of 20 passes (85 percent) for 280 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for a passer rating of 137.5.

2. Dynamic downfield duo

Thielen's eight catches on 11 targets that included a 7-yard touchdown and gains of 49, 38 and 38 yielded a wide receiver rating of 145.1. Stefon Diggs added four catches for 78 yards and a short touchdown catch on five targets for a maximum receiver rating of 158.3. Diggs caught a 51-yarder on the Vikings third play of the game.

PFF noted that Thielen and Diggs have done damage down the field.

Thielen ranks fourth among NFL receivers with 281 yards on throws that have traveled 20 or more yards in the air, and Diggs ranks fifth with 269. The Vikings are the only team with two receivers in the top 10, according to PFF.

3. Waynes staying stingy

Trae Waynes was stride-for-stride with Maurice Harris in the first quarter, but the receiver made a one-handed catch for a 36-yard touchdown on Washington's opening drive.

Waynes, however, bounced back nicely. PFF counted three other times that Washington threw into Waynes' coverage, and the 2015 first-round pick allowed just one reception for 7 yards.

PFF calculated the passer rating allowed by Waynes since Week 5 at 77.9, "despite being thrown at 36 times over that span." That number of targets since Week 5 is tied for fourth-most among cornerbacks.

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