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3rd quarter: Raiders 27, Vikings 7

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at 12:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders played it conservatively in the third half, sticking to the ground game, running the clock and relying upon their defense to finish off the Vikings.
Hard to argue with the strategy, given the Vikings are without running back Adrian Peterson, and the Vikings aren’t able to generate much offense otherwise.
Carson Palmer was sacked the only time the Raiders went away from the run their first two drives of the quarter. Even then, that was on a busted play that appeared to be a run play went awry.
Nothing to worry about, though, because the Vikings offense went nowhere on its possessions, either.
The Raiders finally got something going on the strength of a 34-yard punt return by Denarius Moore midway through the quarter. That gave the Raiders the ball at the Vikings 46-yard line.
Even then, the Raiders were forced to punt for a third time after three plays failed to yield a first down.
Finally, the Vikings provided the Raiders with the spark they needed to break through, when rookie quarterback Ponder made an ill-advised pass into heavy traffic.
Cornerback Lito Sheppard deflected the ball into the air, with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly there to make the interception.
That gave the Raiders the ball deep in Vikings territory. The Raiders converted the gift into a field goal and a 27-7 lead.
To recap, the Raiders netted two first downs and three points in the quarter.

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  • BabySlash

    I knew we would melt down when DHB went down….I’ve seen it before when a guy gets hurt seriously……

    Same as that time with Napoleon McCallum.

  • alex7

    reeeeeeeeelaaaaaaax.

  • http://only_the_raiders Rubber

    BBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    GGGGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.buffalobeast.com Sullivan44

    Sent a Christmas Card to their rookie qb for handing us the game. You know we suck when he gave us 3 picks, and we still can’t win by more than 6. Just sorry and ugly.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    wow.. escaped.

    only word for it.

    ESCAPED!

  • mcfadden20.

    game over barring Palmer doesn’t pull a Rivers lmfao..

  • beach

    Thank you, Lord!

  • http://only_the_raiders Rubber

    Ugly win and even uglier win. Lots to go home and work on. Minny was uglier. Raiders were ungly 2nd half, minny was ass ugly.

  • Gerard

    WHY WAS IT THIS CLOSE??????????

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • beach

    Sorry Sully? 4-1 on the road. That is damn good!

  • BabySlash

    I think a lot of these guys are hurt or not in top condition…they wilt in the 2nd half every game. Is Brad Roll still our strength coach? ha ha

  • Dakota

    Play like this next week and the Bears will eat us alive and sht us out like canned corn.

  • http://only_the_raiders Rubber

    Ugly fkn ugly win. just ass ugly. ugly as ass (male ass that is)

  • BabySlash

    kick it out of bounds!

  • BabySlash

    Hue is going to have a heart attack at some point in time this year.

    He doesn’t even yell at players…he just holds it in when they choke….looks like he’s about to explode.

  • Raider2DaHeart

    What station on radio bay area San Jose. Hurry I had to step out

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Well a win is a win and we’re now 6-4. It’s been a long time since I could say that.

  • BabySlash

    even though they won they’re still chumps.

  • alex7

    offense moved the ball, defense with turnovers, special teams no big mistakes, one big punt return.

    solid win.

    to think we just blow teams out is asking too much.

  • Raiders for life

    Good win NATION

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders r8eray

    SWEET BABY JESUS!!!!!!

  • alex7

    where’s the hands to the face penalty on suggs?

  • BabySlash

    Alex..if you want to be a contender you have to BLOW inferior teams out when you have your foot on their throat…..you have to choke them.

  • RaiderDebo

    Palmer: 17/23, 164 yds; 1 TD rushing, 1 TD passing; NO picks! Very JC-like CP. Congratulations. Hue, you’re brilliant!

  • beach

    6-4 first place. The only stat that counts! Now Bears, beat SD!

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  • beach

    Hue is blasting the refs in the press conference! To hell with this officiating crew!

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Yep my Raiders should’ve put the Vikings away early. Especially without AP in the game. No doubt about it.