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Taylor’s TD Gives Vikings 6-3 Lead

September 11, 2006

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Chester Taylor scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, giving the Minnesota Vikings a 6-3 lead over the Washington Redskins after the first quarter Monday night.

Former Washington quarterback Brad Johnson led the Vikings down the field on a 10-play, 80-yard opening drive. The march included a 46-yard pass to Troy Williamson on third down that set up Taylor’s scoring run three plays later.

About the only thing to go wrong for the Vikings came on the extra point when holder Chris Kluwe couldn’t get the ball set for Ryan Longwell. Kluwe carried the ball toward the end zone, but was tackled by three Redskins short of the goal line.

Washington’s opening drive was a promising one for the starting offense that failed to produce any points in four preseason games.

The drive opened with a 23-yard screen pass from Mark Brunell to Santana Moss and included a 1-yard carry by Clinton Portis, his first since injuring his shoulder early in the preseason.

The Redskins drove to the Minnesota 9, but settled for a 27-yard field goal by John Hall with 1:55 left in the quarter.

Washington’s special teams had a much rougher start as the Redskins lost defensive back Pierson Prioleau for the game when he hurt his right knee on the opening kickoff.

Before the game, more than 90,000 American flags were distributed to fans, who raised and waived them during the national anthem in tribute to those who died in and responded to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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