By Steve Corkran
Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at 10:45 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Vikings struck first with a 77-yard drive that featured three personal-foul penaties by the Raiders for 42 yards.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson capped the drive with a 12-yard run through the heart of the Raiders defense, without encountering much resistance.
Peterson’s scoring jaunt came one play after Raiders strong safety tackled wide receiver Percy Harvin by the face mask for a 12-yard penalty at the end of a 9-yard completion.
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly kept alive the drive with a roughing-the-passer penalty on Christian Ponder on what should have been a drive-ending sack.
Oakland’s first drive ended with Carson Palmer being sacked by linebacker Chad Greenway. It appeared as if Palmer wanted to hit fullback Marcel Reece on a deep pass. However, the Vikings had two men covering Reece.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was open on the play, but Palmer didn’t spot him in time. Not a surprise, given Heyward-Bey had only one pass thrown his way the past two games.
The Raiders countered the Vikings scoring drive with a sequence that culminated with a Sebastian Janikowski 29-yard field goal.
Rookie Taiwan Jones set up the drive with a 46-yard kick return to the Raiders 45-yard line. Palmer completed 2 of 3 passes for 13 yards on the drive. Reece and Bush had long runs that kept alive the drive.
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