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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

  • marks hair

    said the guy who drowned in the tsunami because “the wave doesn’t look that big”

  • RaidO

    really? 4-12 4-12

  • trogPOUNDA

    good point but we looked baaaaaaaddddd

  • Dakota

    Pretending things are okay is not support.

  • RaidingTexas

    Or scouting that doesn’t know how to find pass catching guys. (or pass throwing guys for that matter)

  • rudegruden

    Lolololol that’s a perfect analogy

  • JB

    Incognito may be a dyck but he still is a premier OG. He’s got the nastiness our line needs.

  • scinfidel

    No man, you need to stop believing your lying eyes..

  • turf toe

    I liked that one, Marks.

  • Dakota

    Late to the party….I put him on notice in December of 2012.

  • RaidO

    Good one..

  • trogPOUNDA

    these boys need to be hazed

  • JV.

    So I guess you enjoy ignoring obvious struggles and inept defenses..

  • turf toe

    Maybe you should change your outlook and accept what you see on the screen.

  • RaiderRo

    Yes it is. Again we’re trying to move up in the league to the upper echelon. Not BS Matt Millen baby steps of 5-11 is better than 4-12

  • Raider O

    I disagree with you.
    I’m not saying we have great WRs, but I think we have more weapons on offense than some teams, and more than McNabb’s eagles, but we don’t have a creative OC that can maximize their production.

  • RaiderRo

    Oh snap!

  • Dakota

    Hey look the water is gone….let’s run on the new beach!

  • Howard Benner

    More like lead. . .thunk!

  • turf toe

    I have an idea, scinfidel. I’ll replay the game and just turn off the parts where we made penalties, missed tackles, dropped the ball, etc.
    Oh wait. That was the whole game.

  • rudegruden

    Reggie gutted the team to free up historical $ in cap space. For what??? What was really the point??

  • BigBenRexor

    I hope this serves as a reality check for everyone involved. For Reggie who thinks this roster is good enough, Coaches who think new players will do their job for them, young players who think vets will make it easier for them, and vets who think young players will be there to back them up. EVERYONE will need to hold their own to make this better. Game 2 will show if they have heart, game 3 will show if they have character.

  • marks hair

    what are you guys crying about? the waters actually receding away from the shore..

  • RaiderRo

    ANd what’s it say when our GM/HC hate that guy and yet talk up their dud WR’s?

  • turf toe

    Look at the pretty shells!

  • RaiderRo

    OH snap!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    when you have the stupidest gm telling the idiot coach what to do…shrek and donkey

  • scinfidel

    Seriously, right. It was pretty unwatchable… we had zero continuity, it was 1 step forward 3 back(more like 5 yards back). So much of the same year after year.

  • Dakota

    Don’t forget that everything is george w. bush’s fault.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    As the great Twinkle said last night,

    ‘Enjoy your squattle bull doo dooi………I prefer RAIDER fans.’

  • trogPOUNDA

    exactly. id much rather this happen preseason game 1 then week 1.

  • RaiderRo

    Put us at #1. Jax has a good HC and the team likes him so we’ll be worse than them.

  • turf toe

    I think I’ll build a sand castle here. Come on, kids, let’s bring the chairs and cooler.

  • trogPOUNDA

    always fun to freak out though : )

  • RaidingTexas

    Raider O, I’m tired. I’m checking out. And it’s not personal with the religious thing. I am anti-abrahamism in all its forms. Have a good evening.

    Oh, and a site you may like:

    http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/

  • c2e

    Got to give some credit to oline

  • eastoaklandraider

    I agree DA should be feeling the heat already.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Matt wasn’t good as you think–he threw the ball late several times.

  • pmak

    “Step-by-step, we are building a smart, tough, disciplined football team that will play this game with the passion an energy the fans deserve. ”

    13 penalties for 94 yards

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Game 1 of preseason has always been my reality check.

  • JV.

    “This is a RAIDER blog SON”

  • scinfidel

    Man, i expected a little bit of progress.. just something would have been nice.

  • RaiderRo

    Being a unintelligent yes man is not support.

  • Return

    Biggest problem with the Raiders, as with all
    DA teams is that they are soft and out of shape.
    That’s why all the penalties.

    I said it before, and I’m not joking.
    Make them practice once a week in Death Valley.

  • JB

    No, that part’s true :-)

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I agree with you on that.

  • Raider O

    It’s ok bro. It happens in the heat of the argument.
    Take care bro and no hard feelings.

  • trogPOUNDA

    true. especially with all the somewhat hoopla from the beat reporters about how things are “different” now

  • Al_is_theraiders

    no its not…its that they are weak, small, slow and old.

  • BigBenRexor

    If this was week 1, I wouldn’t be so civil with my words I’d be sharpening the machete and lighting the torches