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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.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Raider O

    Branch looks lost smh

  • inonewordraider

    who’s #94? he got pressure on the last one

  • J Hill

    Chekwa, Carrie, and Wilson looked good.

  • JV.

    Wow these minny guys must not see good football because they are making everything sound a million times more important than it is.

  • HELLSBELLS

    The young corners looked good. Carrie, Checkwa, and Wilson.

  • JV.

    Smith.

  • Mike_Trail

    Cadence kids–New Q, new cadence. See it all the time.

  • Raider O

    I thought it was 91 tuck

  • jesusraiderjim

    As usual. Tell me when he has ever looked good, maybe as a tackler but that is it. He sucks in pass coverage and always has. Good at pointing a finger though

  • inonewordraider

    run right, looks like mack didn’t get the edge

  • inonewordraider

    lot’s of pressure on that play, everyone blitzing, PI

  • Raider O

    Chekwa looks good so far

  • Dakota

    He didn’t get pressure on the first play. Another raider did, but he was still 2.5 yards away from the qb when the ball was out.

  • Mike_Trail

    Effing torture listening to these D-Bag Sota announcers.

  • JV.

    Chekwa balled out.. No reason why he isn’t starting on the outside.

  • Ron69

    Schaub needs to show more poise and leadership, he has all the tools to be succesful once again.

  • RTF916

    Hard to watch. Really looked like any Raiders team in pre season week 1, since 2003. Receivers couldn’t catch the ball if their life depended on it. Defense still giving up everything underneath. I know it’s preseason and defenses are typically vanilla, but still. As Jerry said in his 5 key things to look for, aggression in the defense. A forced fumble but it was against their second string. Never put your 1st string QB up against 2nd stringers in pre season and he still doesn’t move the chains, even takes a sack. Just wow. smh. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Dude games over, make some observations not play by play.

  • Raider O

    Where have you been Stoned Monkey? I was going to email you to check on you.

  • RediaR

    It really is.

  • inonewordraider

    good run d on that one

  • DJ Johnny

    That whole game SUCKED. No way to sugarcoat it. Vikes looked like they came to play and Raiders looked lethargic and uninspired. I know it’s preseason but that was very disappointing.

    It looked the same lackluster team…only with different names on the back of the players.

  • RediaR

    So next week Ansah will be dominating Penn.

  • JV.

    Not a speed rusher but maybe.

  • RTF916

    Then the A’s about to blow a 6-0 lead. Don’t know why I turned my tv on today.

  • inonewordraider

    no contain by smith and sims on that one, roach was pushed out of the way, bad run d overall so far

  • RediaR

    He’s speedy and can rush. I’ll count it.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    dhb can catch better than little…

  • inonewordraider

    no receivers or te’s, those are important tools, and i said schaub was done

  • jesusraiderjim

    been around just not posting as much. lots going on. Hope U are doing okay and the fam. Thanks for wondering bro.

  • RediaR

    That is actually a statistical fact.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    again roach plays on skates

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Ès uglès contesto hombrès. Ès uglès.

  • scinfidel

    That should scare any football fan

  • DJ Johnny

    He looked lackadaisical and uninspired….just like the rest of the team. Vikes looked like they were into it.

  • Ron69

    Brown couldn’t cover Patterson, It means he will have hard time covering almost all #1 wr’s from other teams, It also means he is not a #1 CB.

  • Mike_Trail

    Say what you want about Pineapple neck–Dude is one hell of an OC. I get why AL hired him at one point. He’s just not a HC.

  • JV.

    Needs an o line that isn’t committing penalties..

  • RTF916

    Oh. They’re showing the replay on NFLN. That’s what’s going on in here. Thought the blog was broke and these comments were finally posting from 4 hours ago. lol.

  • Dakota

    And the sack was caused by woodley, not mack. Mack got a good push, but sims was there after woodley forced the qb up in the pocket. What game are you watching?

  • Mike_Trail

    Hard to disagree with any of that so far–I’m still just in the first Q tho

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Watching the game on NFLN. Best raider on the field: woodley… Surprising: Tuck’s sad body lamguage… Expected: completely out-schemed, out coached… Mack?.. Wtf is Mack?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Peace out Raider Bro’s and Ho’s. Tune in next week same bat time same bat….you get it

  • Raider O

    Made L Jordan look like a super star.

  • inonewordraider

    had all day on that one

  • RTF916

    Do yourself a favor and just change the station. I’m not kidding. I watched the whole game live and it’s 3 hours I’ll never get back. My father and I just talked in the front yard for most of the 4th quarter. Honestly, we have probably 3 or 4 highlights the whole game, and they’re not special.

  • DJ Johnny

    Defense looked just as bad as any Raider D i’ve seen in 12 years.

    The #1 D failed miserably to inspire anyone that good things are coming.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    woodley? lmao…watch him jog

  • Raider O

    This is bat shiiit crazy

  • inonewordraider

    good push by #92 and 70 something, good job by sio flying in there for the ball, love sio’s effort