Wrap-up: Redskins 38, Vikings 26

A few thoughts on the Washington Redskins' first victory in their past nine home games Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.

What it means: That the Redskins are a .500 team and only one game behind the first-place Giants, whom they play next week in New Jersey. This was an impressive victory over a Minnesota team that came in 4-1 and playing very well, especially on the defensive front.

In RG3 they trust: Once again it was the rookie quarterback who led the Redskins, as Robert Griffin III rebounded from last week's concussion to throw for 182 yards and a touchdown on 17-for-22 passing and to rush for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin's electrifying 76-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run, which came on a designed run play up the middle and with the help of a nice downfield block by wide receiver Josh Morgan, put the game away after the Vikings had cut it to 31-26 with 3:42 left on the clock.

Defensive star: Redskins coaches always rave about how valuable backup linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is, on special teams and as a willing and versatile utility player on defense. But with starters Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker out for the year with injuries, a number of different players have been asked to do more. Alexander was all over the field for the Redskins on Sunday. Officially, he was credited with five tackles, including one for a loss, four quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks. Safety Madieu Williams had an interception return for a touchdown, and the way he's struggled, that was a big relief for him. But Alexander was the Redskins' defensive star of the game.

What's next: The Redskins will travel to East Rutherford, N.J., and play the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. They beat the Giants twice last year, and if they beat them again Sunday, they will be in first place in the NFC East.