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CB Kevin Barnes didn’t play on defense for the first time this season. The Vikings have only four receivers listed on their roster, so the Redskins‘ cornerbacks in sub packages weren’t tested much.

The Redskins again gave Byron Westbrook a look as the nickel cornerback. Westbrook gave up a 14-yard completion to WR Greg Camarillo on third-and-15. Camarillo from the right slot ran an out route and separated from Westbrook with a convincing jab step to the inside at the top of the break. FS Oshiomogho Atogwe arrived in time to prevent the first down but too late to separate Camarillo from the ball.

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ROLB Brian Orakpo made several quality run stops in the first half by getting inside the fullback or tight end on his side. Orakpo said after the game that he has improved against the run this season because he’s staying in his gap and emphasizing the importance of run defense as much as getting to the quarterback.

“I was so big on trying to get to the quarterback before,” he said. “This time I thought my game progressed as far as being gap sound. I was able to stand still in that ‘C’ gap and get down with the big dogs.”

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Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said recently that coaches were searching for ways to get LB Lorenzo Alexander on the field on defense, and Alexander played on third-and-1 from the Minnesota 36 in the third quarter. Alexander’s defensive duty this season has been limited to goal line situations.

On the play, the Redskins used three linemen and five linebackers. Alexander lined up in a two-point stance between LDE Adam Carriker and OLB Ryan Kerrigan. Alexander held his ground against TE Kyle Rudolph’s block, but RB Toby Gerhart ran through ILB Perry Riley’s tackle and gained 14 yards.