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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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  • Downhomedude

    I thought Jenkins could be in for Little, tbh. He made some tough plays.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Whatever. Read into it what you want. Mark had Hue fired. That’s what happened. Do your own research if you don’t like mine.

  • Raider O

    That’s him. Thx bro

  • Raider O

    SnBG.

  • mcfadden20.

    Gotta keep him and Moore to keep D’s honest

  • Raider O

    It’s him.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Nah. That’s not him. He’s got about 4 or 5. But they r all obvious. He’s not mcfadden20. No way.

  • Dan78

    That’s a sock puppet he keeps in his underwear drawer…. He brings it out occasionally….

  • Blackholepriest

    You sound angry, Reggie himself said he wanted his own guy!

  • Return

    I don’t care one way or the other. I understood why Hue had to go from a managerial point of view. It was bad football but reasonable management protocol.

  • rudegruden

    It’s him for sure. He’s admitted it. I’ve caught him multiple times.

  • Raider O

    Lol
    It’s him bro,

  • 0ak R8rs

    No. They don’t write alike at all. Nothing about them is the same. Besides their blind optimism. All of SnBGs other handles r obvious. Even the Spanish kitty cat.

  • Downhomedude

    …and in limited time mojo would’ve got 4 pts in ffb. Might have to pull him late round/for cheap.

  • rudegruden

    It’s him

  • 0ak R8rs

    We may actually agree on something.

  • Dan78

    Ditto…

  • rudegruden

    Just to clear it up. Yes mcfadden20 = SnBG

  • 0ak R8rs

    SnBG has never called anyone a name. And he talks about all these great predictions. And how DA and Reggie r doing a fine job. You get none of that from mcfadden20.

  • Raider O

    Lmao
    He got you dude. I guess you are not smarter than McMonkey.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well if you say so. I assume you don’t have any screenshots of those admissions? Not being smart, but would like to see some.

  • Dan78

    Just like dr. R = beechams gay lover

  • LondonAl

    It was not a good showing at all but it is preseason. We have to be positive!

  • 0ak R8rs

    It’s not. Never has been. If it is, he’s smarter than everyone here. And I don’t get that from mcfadden20. Whatever. I really don’t care enough to argue anymore.

  • 0ak R8rs

    That we know.

  • Dan78

    Did you know Kool kell =redfox

  • Dan78

    The positive is if we don’t get better DA’s era is finished….

  • Dan78

    Classic McFadden it’s like he never got off the short yellow bus…

  • LondonAl

    I think McGloin will be a starter someday in the NFL. Not sure if it will be with the Raiders but we’ll see. Do you know how Mack played?

  • Orthodoxdj

    Tonight was absolute garbage.

  • Chris in NY

    Hue is going to be one of the hottest coaching candidates at the end of this season and DA may not make it to Thanksgiving. Will Mark have the guts to admit his mistake, forget the last three seasons ever happened and bring back Hue? Doubtful.

  • Dan78

    Goodnight fellas hope they can eventually turn it around…

  • Downhomedude

    2 tackles. caught up in the wash a bit, other times having presence around the ball. Not bad for first outing.

  • Raider O

    Lmao
    He is a special guy.

  • Dan78

    Have a feeling Hue will end up in Dallas in jerry world….

  • TUCK YOU

    Stale comments from DA, broken record galore from the future db coach, at least Kiffin got another HC gig, his supposed strength has been the team’s biggest weakness, what a mess

  • Dan78

    Indeed O….

  • Raider_Riff

    Reggie fired him. Not Mark. How many times do u need to be told that?

  • marks hair

    Reggie shít the bed

  • LondonAl

    Can we move on from Hue? If you want an old coach back how about Gruden?

  • scooboy

    Hue is not HC material. Only a great OC

  • Raider_Riff

    The first mistake was hiring Reggie. Admiring that and firing him is the only way Hue comes back.

    It was Reggie that fired Hue. Numerous beat writers have admitted as much.

  • TUCK YOU

    Wonder what viable HC & GM candidates will be available next offseason

  • DJ Johnny

    They looked they just got off the plane from a 30 hour flight from Taiwan with no sleep.

  • aig-raiders

    the only guy being decisive out there for Raider QB tonite. 82 ruined a perfect pass.

  • TUCK YOU

    Wouldnt use the word great, good maybe, great is very inappropriate

  • aig-raiders

    well if he is truly playing against future insurance salesman than he should score on them and he did. Kinda like rumors of Carr can’t go through his reads in camp. If Carr cant do it in camp, what makes anyone thinks he can do it in a live game or Schaub throwing picks in camp as well.

  • mcfadden20.

    I know most of guys in here have jumped off the ship.. But to the few remaining , what’s up fellas??

  • TUCK YOU

    Your boy is averaging 23 ypc, there’s some optimism

  • Orthodoxdj

    I don’t care about winning in pre-season. What I like to see is the team playing well, and I like to see some of the back-ups. I teach at the high school where Carr played his senior season, so seeing him play is extra cool. Sadly, the team looked like crap and Carr was mediocre at best.