LB's big plays help Redskins rally
LANDOVER, Md. — Preston Smith kept wondering if Sam Bradford was going to throw the ball. Then he just wanted to make sure he held on to it when Bradford did.
The Redskins linebacker grabbed a crucial interception and sacked the Vikings quarterback twice, helping Washington to its first victory in almost a month.
After allowing 20 straight points in 5:39 to close out the first half, Smith and Washington shut out the Vikings in the second half of Minnesota's fourth straight loss.
"We played lockdown defense," cornerback Josh Norman said. "We got the shutout in the second half, didn't give up any more points (and got) three and outs."
Smith, who had been having a quiet season, delivered the type of production coach Jay Gruden wanted to see from the second-year linebacker.
"I feel like Jay is a jockey and I'm the horse trying to win the race, and he's just been riding me so hard and not giving me (any) break," said Smith, who secured the win by sacking Bradford in the final seconds.
Washington was coming off a bye and had tied the Bengals and lost in the final minute to the Lions.