Halftime: Vikings 10, Raiders 0


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRo

    The day after the Bronco beatdown in Oakland with all their fans in attendance.

  • Dakota

    Are you re-posting a comment from the last couple of preseasons, or did you actually type it up again? Think you will be right this time?

  • Return

    Yes I can. Nobody in their right mind thinks McGloin was a better qb than Shaub last year.
    McGloin was was crap last year.

  • RaiderRo

    Nope, us Negative Nancy’s tried explaining that to the Reggime apologists last year.

  • Howard Benner

    They would probably miss & hit some unsuspecting innocent. . .

    Of course the ubiquitous response is “no one is innocent. . .”

  • Howard Benner

    Murray, a bit of Harris. . .

    Only injury of note was Jelly’s concussion, eh? biggest guy on the team. . .

  • RaiderRo

    Agreed. McGloin was dog crap. Just cuz you bang the 3rd ugliest chick at the bar doesn’t make her Amber Beard.

  • Dakota

    New post.

  • Howard Benner

    Or @ convenient stores, making your burgers or bagging groceries. . .

  • 2romes

    I also looked at the 2 point conversion that followed. MCG was no where close to the receiver.

  • Howard Benner

    Huh? This time last season he didn’t merit any PT. . .

    The guys ahead of him took their lumps. . .you have to admit they have plenty of time & should have lots of incentive to “get better. . .’

    Unfortunately Penn played the way I had feared. . .LT is so important. . .just look how Ryan Clady improved the entire Donks front five. . .all pro LT’s have a way of making the entire front better. . .

    The Raiders shoulda drafted him when they opted for DMAC. . .that & a subsequent pick of Matt Forte was my preferred draft strategy back then.

    JV would have @ least given me confidence in backside protection. . .especially on the road. . .. .

  • Rico Stifler

    Obviously not since he was hired by TB…

  • No , I’m talking about HOF QB Cassell making our 1st team def look like trash