Raiders 10-6 exhibition loss to Vikings is less than inspiring

The Raiders may well make good on their promise to bury their recent past, but a 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium in no way inspired confidence among the fan base.

Instead of looking like an intriguing mix of veterans and young players rounding into a playoff contender, the Raiders looked like what they are – a team of players still getting to know one another after a dozen training camp practices.

“We’ve got to clean up our play,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said at halftime. “We had too many mistakes.’’

The offense couldn’t get going, with penalties playing a big role. The defense was shredded by Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassel on their first possession, which ended in a 1-yard scoring run by Matt Asiata. The Vikings also got a 30-yard field goal by Blair Walsh.

The Raiders averted a shutout when third-string quarterback Matt McGloin scored on a 10-yard scramble with 1:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Raiders failed on a two-point conversion attempt, hoping to secure a win in regulation rather than get the ball back, tie the game and go to overtime.

Quarterback Matt Schaub, the man identified by general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen to be the 18th different starting quarterback since the Raiders last had a winning season in 2002, completed 3 of 7 passes for 21 yards.

Rookie Derek Carr completed 7 of 10 passes, but for only 45 yards and one of his short throws was too high and glanced off the hands of Jamize Olawale for an interception.

The Raiders’ very first snap was a 5-yard penalty on Menelik Watson for a false start, a prelude to a three-and-out that set up an opening Minnesota possession that conjured up memories of the worst of 2013 in terms of defense.

Cassel, who may or may not hold on to the starting job over rookie Teddy Bridgewater, took the Vikings 70 yards in 10 plays with Matt Asiata scoring from the 1-yard line.

In his only series, Cassel passed for four first downs, two to wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson against cornerback Tarrel Brown, one for 23 yards to Greg Jennings against Carlos Rogers, and finally a 22-yard strike to tight end Kyle Rudolph to the 1 with Tyvon Branch arriving late.

Minnesota, even with Adrian Peterson sitting out the game, had 75 rushing yards on 16 carries in the first half, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

Penalties included the false start by Watson on the first snap and a face mask on Brian Leonhardt that negated a 7-yard run by Maurice Jones-Drew.

Both came on first down and put Schaub and the Raiders in a hole. They ended up punting. There was also a holding call on left tackle Donald Penn that erased a 16-yard pass from Schaub to Andre Holmes for a first down.

Leonhardt, a defensive hold by Brown that gave the Vikings a first down on third-and-3 and a holding call on Donald Penn that erased a 16-yard Schaub to Andre Holmes strike on third-and-6.

Defensive fouls included a neutral zone infraction on defensive tackle Pat Sims and a defensive holding call on Tarrel Brown which converted a third-and-3 play for a Minnesota first down. That drive ended in Walsh’s 30-yard field goal.

“The penalties are killing us right now, especially on third down,’’ Allen said. “We had a couple of chances to get off the field and we had penalties on defense. Offensively, , we started our first two drives of the game

Minnesota, 5-10-1 last season, was in its first game with new coach Mike Zimmer and playing for the first time at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota. The Vikings will play at TCF for at least two seasons while awaiting construction of a stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

— Wide receiver Denarius Moore caught three passes for 28 yards including two passes from Carr that thrown behind him.

— Running backs Jones-Drew (2 carries, 10 yards), Darren McFadden (23 yards on one carry) and Latavius Murray (7 rushes, 28 yards) were cause for optimism with decisive running and cutting.

— Rookie Shelby Harris, a seventh-round pick who has moved up to second team, had a strip-sack fumble and also a tackle for loss.

— Place kicker Kevin Goessling, added to the roster just before the trip after Michael Palardy underwent an emergency appendectomy, had a 44-yard field goal attempt blocked in the fourth quarter.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Ho ès ès so uglès. Ès disappointès ès so gran.

  • Ron69

    Mack very average sadly

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Well, so’s the rest of the team…4-12 gentlemen, 4 and mf 12

  • Raider O

    All is good bro. Thinking about moving. Too expensive here, and I think it’s time to buy a house.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Veteran QB. Only Pryor gets the rookie 3rd year treatment.

  • Al_is_theraiders


  • Dakota

    New post

  • Shícken nugettès ès be ok.

  • Mike_Trail

    Even in Cleveland with Gordon and that TE…(can’t remember his name)
    Keep an eye on Rudolph for your FF league. He could be a real sleeper

  • inonewordraider

    delayed handoff got em, poor d out there all day, drive kept alive by penalties and some Patterson ballin, cassell and bridge look solid. we have push but run d concerns

  • Dan Walker

    Never a good sign when you hear your teams announcers go from optimistic to disappointed in one game…no way to really blame them. Even if this is just the preseason, this team doesn’t look like an NFL team. No discipline and lack of the ability to catch the ball very, very glaring.

  • Mike_Trail



    Hes out

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Should just fire Da right now. Get cable/hue/lane to coach this disaster to 8-8…


    Checkwa or Carrie will push to start if they keep this up. Wilson looked good.maybe a slot corner

  • Downhomedude

    At this stage of training I doubt most teams call anything more than 10% of the playbook. Fixed that for you. Sad thing is – that is 100% our offense.


    Mcgloin looked good also, Car was off target.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    So. Market King and the long snapper should make the pro-bowl, they are gonna earn that pay check

  • inonewordraider

    good coverage by checkwa

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Even special teams getting spanked around… Wow.

  • inonewordraider

    more good coverage by #35


    You guys got me watching this shoot out again.

  • inonewordraider

    coverage play, sio hits teddy out of bounds

  • DJ Johnny

    I expected the team to come out with some attitude..like they were gonna come in and say “THIS is a different Raider team this year”.

    It’s only preseason etc etc, but I come away less enthusiastic about this team than I came into it.

  • inonewordraider

    we should consider starting barnes at lt and Jackson lg

  • inonewordraider

    no doubt, that’s DA’s job in my opinion, and the locker room leaders we have are good but do they have that fire? tuck woodson and jones are nice guys….smith? Woodley?

  • inonewordraider


  • inonewordraider

    decent push, murray for 2 or 3

  • inonewordraider

    good protection wide open fb in the flat

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Murray looks like Jennings… Ina good wau

  • inonewordraider

    carr has all day, dart to butler who drops it


    Dude no more play by ply please, love your enthusiasm though.

  • inonewordraider

    good catch by moore pass was behind him, nice

  • Dakota

    Hello…New post

  • DKnight007

    Allen and his coaches really need to get these guys ready to play this next game. Show some fire, intensity, and discipline and not be so vanilla on both offense and defense. Set a freaking positive tone Allen…and some questionable lame laid back tone. Challenge players to play with some freaking pride and and he should be coaching with some pride!

  • DKnight007

    Booth or Jackson at RG and Howard at RT. Watson needs,to step it the hell up

  • DKnight007

    EXACTLY. Expected this team to come out with some fire and energy and attitude. Start quick on both sides of ball…but exact opposite happened. All on Allen and the coaches when it comes to that IMO. Receivers need to step it the hell up.

  • DKnight007

    Yup! They need to step it the hell up…quickly…coaches and players!