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Raiders-Vikings updated with quotes . . .

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 did nothing to inspire 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 bunch of guys still getting to know one another after a dozen training camp practices.

“I was disappointed in the way we played,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I thought we’d come out a lot sharper than that.’’

Instead, the Vikings opened with an effortless 70-yard drive engineered by Matt Cassel to open the game, with Matt Asiata scoring on a 1-yard run, and added a 30-yard field goal by Blair Walsh with 54 seconds left in the first quarter. That stood up until Matt McGloin scrambled 10 yards for a touchdown with 1:25 remaining.

The Raiders went for two, figuring they wanted to win or lose without overtime and because backup place kicker Kevin Goessling’s first place kick had resulted in a blocked field goal attempt from 44 yards out. McGloin threw incomplete.

McGloin got the ball back one last time, with his Hail Mary pass to the end zone getting knocked to the ground, mercifully ending the preseason opener for both teams.

When they return to practice Sunday, penalties will be a primary topic of conversation. The Raiders were flagged 13 times for 94 yards. The first offensive snap was a false start on Menelik Watson, and the second drive opened with a facemask on tight end Brian Leonhardt.

They helped derail the first two possessions of starting quarterback Matt Schaub, who finished 3 of 7 for 21 yards.

“It was the first time for us to form our identity for the season and we went out and we didn’t play near to our expectations or our standard,’’ Schaub said. “We need to go back and figure out how to play that way next week.’’

Schaub had two potential first down passes to tight end Mychal Rivera, but Rivera came down with neither of them. A 16-yard strike to Andre Holmes on a third-and-6 play was erased on a hold by left tackle Donald Penn.

In the battle of the reserves, the Raiders did little offensively and the Vikings even less.

At the time of McGloin’s departure, Minnesota had a 120-51 advantage in offensive yardage and had 9 first downs to one for Oakland.

By game’s end, the Raiders had outgained Minnesota 268-237 and had 16 first downs to 17 for the Vikings.

Minnesota’s first possession conjured up memories of some of last year’s defensive meltdowns, with Cassel completing 5 of 6 passes for 62 yards and four first downs.

Two of the first downs went to Cordarelle Patterson against cornerback Tarrel Brown, a 23-yard strike to Greg Jennings came against Carlos Rogers, and finally a 22-yard strike to Kyle Rudolph put the Vikings on the 1 with Tyvon Branch arriving late.

“They came out with a game plan, they executed it,’’ cornerback Chimdi Chekwa said. “There were some things we needed to correct that first series.’’

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr completed 7 of 10 passes for 45 yards, but had the game’s lone turnover when he threw too high for fullback Jamize Olawale. The ball glanced off Olawale’s hands to the Vikings’ Kurt Coleman at the Minnesota 39.

“It was my fault,’’ Carr said. “I threw it too high. I have to make a better throw.’’

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.

– Rookie defensive tackle Justin Ellis sustained a concussion and was the only player not to finish the game because of injury for the Raiders.

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore caught three passes for 28 yards including two passes from Carr that thrown behind him. Besides Rivera and Olawalke, receivers with drops included Greg Little and Jake Murphy.

“When you have an opportunity to make the play, guys have to step up and make the play,’’ Allen said.

– 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.

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  • Blackholepriest

    Noooo!!!

  • Raider_Riff

    Same crap. New year. When y’all gonna learn?

    Reggie is a bum. Firing Hue was the dumbest thing he ever did. Sealed his fate.

    Mack looked slow and avg. Our WR core was as I’ve said, crap. And while Shaub looked fine, Carr is already the better player so we better just let him run with the 1′s. But DA won’t. Just like he did TP2, he’ll wait til the last minute before promoting Carr, and in the process sabotage our season.

    Penalties? Ha. So much for fixing that issue huh? Where the Hue haters at?

  • 0ak R8rs

    We have no right to make fun of anyone right now.

  • Return

    Von Miller is the name his coaches and several pundits compare him to. If you got a problem with that take it up with DA and RM.

    Oh. And by the way , from what little I’ve seen so far comparing him to Von Miller is a worthless comparison.

  • Raider_Riff

    I suppose we made too much out of the last 2 yrs of preseason games? They showed us exactly who we were.

    5-11 here we come.

    #fireReggie

  • rudegruden

    The worst part wasn’t necessarily the play of individual players, it was the fact we looked like we didn’t come to play. Looked lazy, confused etc…something you see with a first time staff not a third year hc

  • mcfadden20.

    I am tired of this stupid Hue vs DA Al vs Reg arguments, just want to see the Raiders win, I hope the Raiders shock the world aand do something good this year, tired of hearing b1tcch1n and moaning from the same guys over and over

  • Dakota

    ESPN Classic is showing the 30 for 30 Bo special right now…..depressing too.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Embarrassing.

  • Raider_Riff

    Bingo.

  • Dan78

    Come on man people are disappointed…. Expecting bigger things and drinking lots of Kool Aid….

  • Return

    “Dennis Allen was the defensive
    coordinator in Denver for one season before the Raiders nabbed him as
    head coach. In Denver, he had one of the best pass rushers in the game -
    Von Miller.
    Miller can line up as an outside linebacker or defensive end in a 4-3
    and is arguably the best 3-4 outside linebacker in the game. Dennis
    Allen sees that kind of player in Khalil Mack.”

    “He’ll have his hand on the
    ground some, too. I envision his role being very similar to what we did
    with Von Miller,” said Dennis Allen. “I saw a lot of similarities
    between him and Von Miller. And the thing that really was attractive
    about Khalil Mack was the fact that he understands how to rush the
    passer. And he understands how to rush the passer with power. And to be
    successful in the National Football League in getting after the passer,
    I’ve made that statement several times about everything in the National
    Football League is about affecting the passer. Whether it be offensively
    with weapons, or whether it be defensively, getting after the passer.
    He understands how to rush the passer, and yeah, I see a lot of
    similarities between he and Von Miller.”

  • rudegruden

    It’s not about hue. It’s about Reggie’s approach to building a winner. Since he’s still our gm it’s relevant to mention he blew the whole team up for these results.

  • Tyler Angelica Miller

    How did my boy Kory Sheets look?

  • DJ Johnny

    That was good to see.

  • Raider_Riff

    But should we really be surprised?

    I can’t wait to hear all the Reggie boot lickers polish this turd of a team.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Who gives a sht?

  • Raider_Riff

    Like a guy that should be ran outside the tackles. So naturally, they ran him up the middle every time.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I am surprised. I missed the game. Recorded it. Was stunned at a 10-6 final when I saw actually. Sad part is, I knew what happened when I saw the score. 10 points for them against our ones. 6 points from McGloin, except I thought it was two FG drives.

  • mcfadden20.

    There’s not much good to talk aabout, other than our pass rrush looking ggood maybe Vikings OOnline is rreallybad , bbut we’ll see, ffirst week everybody is trying to get all the moving parts working together, I will be patient for another week, all the Debbie downers can jump off the bridge and nobody would care

  • Raider_Riff

    I think Cincy just scored again.

    Hue puts up 39 pts

    Reggie & Co muster a whopping 6 pts

    #fireREGGIE

  • Tyler Angelica Miller

    I do!!!!!! He’s gonna be our 3rd best back!

  • Dakota

    Yeah, it would have been a major blowout if the starters for both teams played the entire game.

  • 0ak R8rs

    You should stop stuttering.

  • rudegruden

    I won’t go as far to say Mcgloin is our qb, but he looked like he owned the offense and not afraid to make plays. Schaub looked tentative and Carr (well looked like a rookie) looked like he was at practice

  • Tyler Angelica Miller

    He kills it in Madden just saying lol.

  • rudegruden

    Sorry he’s not.

  • Raider_Riff

    I’ll say it then. McGloin is our best QB.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Hopefully Schaub doesn’t remain tentative.

  • rudegruden

    Lololololol

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Only the people on this board would declare someone a bust after one preseason game.

  • Dan Walker

    Players all play off other players, even the great ones. Hence, the quality of our players will make a difference in how good Mack will be. As for what I’ve seen tonight, the players helping him be the player he COULD be don’t appear to be on his team. That is my point.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I doubt anyone said that. If they did, they r just plain stupid. Now, after 8 games in two years? Then you’re a bust.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Then yell at Mark for firing him.

  • mcfadden20.

    Hhhaaahhaaaahhhhhaa

  • The Machine

    You wouldn’t even know everybody was on the same team the way some of the people carry on. Yeah bro, you suck. We aren’t a nation, we look like a bunch of biter old women with all these pitiful little grudges.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    If Hue scores 39 points in a regular season game, you can go yell at Mark for firing him. Until then, CHILL.

  • mcfadden20.

    Someone just mentioned a few minutes ago Mack looked slow and confused

  • rudegruden

    That doesn’t equal bust, just means he looked slow and confused

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I saw that. Maybe he did, idk. I won’t get to see for myself till Monday. Not gonna calla rookie a bust because he was tentative and confused. Sounds like the whole team looked like that. That’s what the score and the articles show.

  • mcfadden20.

    Why were Minnesota playing so serious??? Like it as going to count, Reverses, draws etc etc

  • rudegruden

    Lolololol you can’t be serious? Actually you are, nevermind

  • Raider O

    No he is not.

  • 0ak R8rs

    No way he’s on Madden.

  • mcfadden20.

    So mack looked slow and confused in his first game which was expected like its expected for sun to rise tomorrow

  • 0ak R8rs

    Sad.

  • DJ Johnny

    Looks like they were trying to set a tone for who they are this season. Let’s hope this isn’t what the Raiders are gonna be.

    It’s a bad start.

  • mcfadden20.

    They called plays teams usually don’t call in preseason much less in game 1 of preseason, teams usually don’t show their cards in preseason so was just curious

  • Blackholepriest

    Sure! More denial….

  • DJ Johnny

    Vikes have a new coach and they came out w/ attitude and beat up the team with continuity.

    It’s concerning that this Raider team came out like this. Preseason blahblahblah…but one of these days…some freaking day…they’ll actually look like winners on the field.

    We better hope like hell this is just preseason jitters..or blues or whatever…but man..they just all looked bad.