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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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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Guest

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

  • Blackholepriest

    You mean your precious Reggie actually made mistake in firing Hue?

    Noooo!!

    That couldn’t be true, not Reggie!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well, wth. Definitely disappointing. Most distressing is that it sounds like they were unprepared and confused. On the other hand, there is 0 game planning in preseason game 1. Doubt they watched a minute of film on the Vikings. It’s true that preseason the last few years has been an indicator of how this team is gonna play. But preseason isn’t over yet…..

  • Downhomedude

    At this stage of training I doubt most teams call anything more than 10% of the playbook. Sad thing is, what you saw – that is 100% our offense. (edit: repositioned post)

  • mcfadden20.

    Yes everyone including myself wanted to see a finely tuned machine that looked like SB contender, but this was freakk1n week 1, at least let them play till game 3 before u Starr predicting 4-12 etc etc

  • 0ak R8rs

    You’re right. He didn’t. And it was Mark. Take it up w him.

  • The Machine

    You are just another loser fan who gets his rocks off being an ahole to other fans that don’t see it just like you. What a useless twit, you are supposed to be a grown as man, but you couldn’t even manage being a football fan with being a dck. You fail. Raiders win, Raiders lose, no matter, you fail.

  • Raider O

    didn’t you say the same thing about Knapp in preseason?
    You don’t learn McMonkey

  • Downhomedude

    …typical Olsen O philosophy. Don’t ask cuz I don’t know…
    .

  • rudegruden

    = if(reggie moves work out, Reggie is a genius, it’s someone else’s fault)

  • mcfadden20.

    we wwould be pretty sure what this team would look like after week 3 of preseason.. p.s i don’t have stuttering problem, my keyboard is stupid

  • 0ak R8rs

    Haha. I know you don’t stutter. It was a joke.

  • mcfadden20.

    DONKEYO i did call out kKnapp aafterweek 6 of regular season

  • Raider O

    So you are just a slow cross posting monkey.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Here, once and for all dumbass. Straight out of your effeminate hero’s mouth:

    And while Jackson won’t break out an overhead projector, he wants his side of the story to be told. In a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Jackson only seems to dig himself a deeper hole.

    Jackson believes the decision to fire him came directly from Raiders owner Mark Davis, not new G.M. Reggie McKenzie. (Despite McKenzie’s words to the contrary.)

    “It ain’t Reggie,” Hue said of McKenzie. “Me and him get along. The easiest thing to do is to start over and bring in all new people, which is what he’s doing. The hardest thing to do is to say, ‘I’m gonna keep a guy who’s already here and try to build around him.”

  • Dan78

    Oh yes he did….

  • DJ Johnny

    You hit on it. “Unprepared and confused”. It’s one thing to lose a preseason game…but to debut this new team with that kind of lackluster, anemic showing?

    They showed me nothing to make me think they can be any good at all. NOTHING.

    I do hold onto the hope that there’s just too much talent (although some of it aging a bit) for this team to be as bad as they looked.

    When a team is unprepared and unmotivated as they were tonight…you have to look at coaching at least somewhat.

  • Downhomedude

    Art Shell?

  • Raider O

    I remember. He also called everyone who disagreed with him a hater.
    McMonkey is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • mcfadden20.

    So some in here are saying vikes came out with attitude and something to prove yet they barely freaking won by 4 after missed FG by Raiders, dropped TD catch , millions of other drops , penalties, this is why some people can’t b taken seriously in here

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I don’t buy unmotivated tho. Also don’t think it’s a coaches job to motivate. That’s why these guys get paid. But it is their job to have them prepared. Sounds like they failed.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I heard that.

  • Roch R

    One of the few silver linings, Chekwa made some nice plays and stood out.

  • Downhomedude

    fighting solves well, not everything, but it solves alot. Nothing a good punch to the snot-locker can’t fix right quick…

  • Raider O

    “Playing so serious”
    Lmao

  • Dan78

    I tend to agree….

  • rudegruden

    Just watch the first half and if you can’t see the problem then you are the one who can’t be taken seriously

  • Raider O

    You are a genius compared to McMonkey.

  • Return

    Wait a minute. You just posted a report that said, RM stated he fired Hue.
    (Despite McKenzie’s words to the contrary.)

    This sounds to me like Hue giving RM a small backhand slap.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I’m not gonna take that as a complement. But seriously, I don’t mind him. He’s in the same boat as all of us. Just a little more blinded by hope than most.

  • mcfadden20.

    Raider O if i am slow for taking my time to judge Knapp and finally convinced he sucks after week 6, what does it make you for rooting for a 3rd string QB your entire life?

  • Raider O

    You know he is SBD, right?

  • mcfadden20.

    Lot of penalties which extended Bikesdrives, and false starts which shot ourselves in the foot, Vikes were nothing special

  • Roch R

    And funny, the best looking QB with the most composure, was McGloin, Schaub’s passes looked flat. Rivera needs to bounce back, he had a poor game, we’re going to need a TE that can hold onto the catch on 3rd down this year if we hope to do anything. Carr does have some zip on his throws but his ball placement was off, another bright point was D. Moore made some nice grabs.

    As always go Raiders.

  • Raider O

    Entire life? You think I’m 3 yo?
    Lmao
    You are dumb and crazy.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Read the article for yourself. Point is, we know Reggie did the actual deed. And of course Reggie isn’t gonna throw Mark under the bus. But Mark has said in the last it was his suggestion/decision. And that’s what new GMs do for their new bosses. Follow their suggestions. Point is, even Hue himself says it was Mark. And yet some guys in here still don’t get it:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/10/hue-jackson-mark-davis-made-decision-to-fire-me/

  • 0ak R8rs

    Who?

  • mcfadden20.

    I don’t think vikes outmuscled us or out smarted us, they just didn’t do stupid things like commit penalties and dropped passes which was the only difference why they won n we didn’t, both problems correctable

  • Dan78

    That’s why it’s so concerning that we looked so bad..

  • Raider O

    The cross poster who lives in Mexico.

  • 0ak R8rs

    We could have won this game. And I don’t think the mood would be any different around here tonight. Sounds like we really sht the bed.

  • mcfadden20.

    But my point still stands, you been holding hope for a 3rd string qb since he came to the league, you once pointed out that DA is sabotaging him, but now he’s on another team n has 1 leg out of the door, so who’s Slow and Dumb here obviously Mr. donkey O

  • Dan78

    SnBG and the kitty cat Elmo right…

  • Return

    And they never will if those quotes are what you are offering as proof.
    a. Hue for whatever reason , thinks believes speculates guesses that Mark fired him. Your article says RM says he fired him. May or may not be true. Mark could have told RM and RM carried out the order. But you haven’t shown that. Only that RM said he fired Hue.
    b. Hue not so subtly calls RM a puzzy. Read the last two sentences.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Eh. I don’t get it. Don’t forget, I’ve only been here since 2011 or so.

  • rudegruden

    That would be accurate. The first half was bad, and the first quarter was borderline a disaster

  • Roch R

    New QB, re-structured line, new RB, and our first two possessions are 3 and out’s. Tough to be in a good mood even despite the fact that this was game 1 of the pre-season, let down is an understatement.

  • mcfadden20.

    Penalties and false starts can be chalked up to 1st week, but Secondary needs to improve, receivers gotta help out and make tough catches

  • 0ak R8rs

    Oh. Well I know they r the same. But he’s not McFadden20. No way. Their language structures r entirely different. SnBG would have to be a certified sociopath to pull off a McFadden/0 cross post. Even then I’m not sure he could

  • Raider O

    You don’t make points, your posts are dumb, and I was just messing with you. Now back to ignoring you dumb crazy monkey. Have fun trolling cross poster.