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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

  • scinfidel

    The one positive… our uni’s are still dope as hell!

  • Dakota

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

    You are mistake #1 fkface.

  • marks hair

    I be impressed with a mediocre record at this point 4 and 12 is not my idea of mediocre.. that’s terrible

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    A lot of drops his numbers would be better if guys could catch but he was fairly accurate and made good decisions not bad for a rookie in his first live action

  • JB

    At this stage of training I doubt Olsen is going to call anything more than 10% of the playbook. He’s not going to show anything fancy. It’s just too early for a number of reasons. But, there’s no justification for how badly they mauled the basic 10%. That’s on the players for lack of execution.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    you notice Condo downfield making plays? I told you guys.

  • turf toe

    Drew was very good.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    this was the freakin vikings….sob

  • marks hair

    Reggie has 14 million dollars in his pocket and we still have glaring holes that we have all identified long before the pre season started. Fire this idiot

  • turf toe

    Yeah.

  • eastoaklandraider

    I wont hit the panic button yet, but if we still look like this by the 3rd PS game, ill be very worried.

  • trogPOUNDA

    and if you buy a new jersey make sure its a throwback so you know for sure they wont suck

  • turf toe

    True.

  • Goldie7

    The Raiders and Cowboys look incredibly below average; we will practice with them next week.

  • RaidingTexas

    The TEs and FBs were also dropping passes tonight. LOL wow, did we watch the same game? Did you miss those ridiculously bad drops by Rivera and that …. schyt … can’t even think of his name TE that shoulda had a TD.

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Go ahead jump. Support the squad or jump on to a bandwagon

  • JB

    Practice, practice, practice.

  • Dakota

    Thank god we didnt use any of that on our young free agents….

  • RaiderRo

    Nope sorry, mistake #2. #1 is the idiot who hired his unqualified brother for a scouting position and interviewed the likes of Mohrenweig and Tice.

  • trogPOUNDA

    lions and packers should be a good test. maybe theyll wake the f up going against the cowgirls this week

  • Goldie7

    lol

  • RaiderRo

    Yeah no doubt, I’ll be hitting the Raider Image tomorrow looking for a new lid.

  • Dakota

    Bronze dulling bronze.

  • Goldie7

    yep.

  • eastoaklandraider

    On a brighter note the run game did show signs of coming around.

  • marks hair

    nope we want old guys for 1 year bandaids to try to keep this fat idiot s job

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Not ready I agree but he has promise and will make corrections in time much better than any QB over the last few yrs

  • Raider O

    So our entire offense can’t catch? Got it.
    Well… I guess it’s a coaching issue then. Lmao

  • pmak

    13 penalties for 94 yards. Some things never change…..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Of the three, who’d you have kept?

  • scinfidel

    No matter how bad we are, I always wear my gear with pride…

  • RaiderRo

    That’s not how you build a team…oh wait, Reggie didn’t draft the young LT we had so he wasn’t a priority

  • RaidingTexas

    I saw Carr take out some worms.

  • Morilla_00

    I get generally don’t start fretting until week four of the regular season. You guys can keep on acting like a 6 year old girl who dropped her ice cream.

  • JV.

    Carr was ok, nowhere near impressive.

  • RaidO

    It’s Hue’s fault

  • Goldie7

    DMAC showed promise. I was shocked.

  • RaiderRo

    I hear ya there!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    but at least he picked up two undrafted free agents this week!

  • trogPOUNDA

    refs were terrible

  • JV.

    Palmers fault.

  • turf toe

    You’re right.

  • eastoaklandraider

    DMC looked like the DMC under Huejax.

  • rudegruden

    It’s hue and palmers fault

  • JV.

    What’s a good run if we get a hold or a face mask penalty.. :(

  • http://batman-news.com 559 Raider 87

    Agreed play was ok but he’ll improve no need to jump off in preseason game 1

  • JB

    Pickup Inconito. Games are won and lost at the line.

  • scinfidel

    Ok tough guy, please give me the silver lining you saw… what did you see that gives you any confidence that the last two years were just preparation?

  • RaidingTexas

    YES! JB, you get it!!! Execution. Jesus, they were bad.

  • Goldie7

    so very true eor.