The Raiders trailed Minnesota in 30 minutes of football that didn’t come anywhere near measuring up to what coach Dennis Allen and his team have been promising since the beginning of the offseason.
Matt Cassel took Minnesota on the Vikings first drive of the game after the Raiders opened with a three-and-out. They later added a field goal by Blair Walsh.
Oakland’s first-team defense was a step slow, cornerback Tarrel Brown struggled to guard Cordarelle Patterson, and the Vikings gained good yardage against the Raiders’ front 7.
Quarterback matt Schaub was 3 of 7 for 21 yards, although a case could be made Mychal Rivera had a shot at a pair of first down catches downfield. He got neither.
Bright spots included a 23-yard burst by Darren McFadden, some good cut-back running by Maurice Jones-Drew and a strong performance by Latavius Murray, getting his first real game action after being sidelined by a bad foot last year. Defensively, rookie Shelby Harris showed up well.