Vikings roll over Redskins Rypien intercepted 3 times in 30-0 loss

August 30, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins' $26 million holdouts put on a two-bit show last night.

Two of the holdouts, quarterback Mark Rypien ($9 million for three years plus $3 million for an option year) and left tackle Jim Lachey ($4.05 million) were obviously rusty as the Redskins were drilled by the Minnesota Vikings, 30-0, at RFK Stadium in the final preseason game for both clubs.

Playing his third preseason game, Rypien was intercepted three times and lost the ball a fourth time when it was knocked out of his hands by Chris Doleman.

Lachey, playing his first game since signing Tuesday, twice was beaten by Doleman when he hit Rypien's arm. The first time, the play was ruled an incomplete pass. The second time, it was ruled was a fumble recovered by Al Noga that set up a Viking touchdown.

The other two holdouts, cornerback Darrell Green ($4.5 million), and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard ($5.9 million), played for the first time, but weren't able to make a difference. Green started while Howard didn't play at wide receiver until midway in the fourth quarter when he caught an 11-yard pass on his first play.

The loss left the Redskins, who had their team intact for the first time since they won Super Bowl XXVI last January, with a 1-4 preseason record going into the regular-season opener Sept. 7 in Dallas.

Preseason records, though, often aren't much of a barometer for the Redskins. They went 1-3 last year and 0-4 in 1982 and won the Super Bowl both times.

The Vikings finished 4-0 under new coach Dennis Green and outscored their rivals 140-6 in those four games while not allowing a touchdown.

The Vikings jumped to a 17-0 halftime lead and put it out of reach when Anthony Parker returned Kelly Goodburn's first punt of the third quarter 44 yards to the Washington 16. Two plays later, Rich Gannon threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Steve Jordan to make it 24-0.

Gannon then directed a 62-yard drive after Parker intercepted a Rypien pass. The drive was climaxed by Fuad Reveiz' 31-yard field goal with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.

Gannon and Rypien then departed. Gannon completed 14 of 21 for 124 yards and three touchdowns, and Rypien completed 13 of 24 for 95 yards and had three interceptions.

Reveiz added a 37-yard field goal with 9:07 left to make it 30-0.

It took less than two minutes for the Super Bowl champions to hear boos.

Rypien first heard the boos when his second pass on the Redskins' first possession was picked off by Audray McMillian, who stepped in front of Gary Clark and returned it 16 yards to the Washington 32.

The Vikings got a first down when Gannon rolled to his right on a fourth-and-two play at the Redskins 24 for a 7-yard gain.

The Redskins then stopped the Vikings, and Reveiz kicked a hTC 33-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Redskins were held scoreless in the first half, getting just one first down on their first five possessions.

Two drives were ended when Doleman blew by Lachey and knocked the ball out of Rypien's arms.

The first time, the officials ruled Rypien's arm was moving forward so it was an incomplete third-down pass. The Redskins were forced to punt.

The second time came two plays after the Vikings had marched 77 yards in eight plays for the touchdown that put the Vikings ahead 10-0 on Gannon's 15-yard pass to Anthony Carter.

Two plays later, Doleman knocked the ball out of Rypien's arms for a fumble that Noga recovered on the Washington 17.

On the first play, Gannon threw a 12-yard pass to Jordan. On the next play, Gannon looked to his right and then scrambled left and threw the ball to former Redskins Joe Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown pass that made it 17-0.

The Redskins then put together their only drive of the first half.

On the first play after a holding penalty pushed them back to their 8-yard line, Byner went up the right side 50 yards before Ray Berry caught him from behind. Clark caught a 13-yard pass from Rypien, and Byner ran for 18 more to the Minnesota 11.

The drive stalled when Byner caught a 5-yard third-down pass on a third-and-six play from the Minnesota 7.

In a regular-season game, the Redskins probably would have attempted to kick a field goal in this situation with just 16 seconds left in the first half and the ball on the 2-yard line.

Because it was a preseason game, coach Joe Gibbs decided to go for it, but Ricky Ervins was stuffed for no gain on the left side.

In the first half, the Redskins were out-gained 172-134 yards and 9-4 in first downs.

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