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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

  • mcfadden20.

    Rudegruden I have no idea why you think I am another guy who posts in here and you have too much time on your hands.. I suggestyou sign up at a llocalgym and do something productive for once instead of analyzing similarities between posters and calling them as one person

  • mcfadden20.

    I hope him and MJD stay healthy, its the only way we will move chains, we ddon’t pass protection or Wrs

  • mcfadden20.

    Its okay to look into preseason games and assume that’s how the team would play rest of the year, but at least let them play 2-3 games before u do tthat not the very first freaking game

  • TUCK YOU

    Understandable the lack of cohesion with all the new faces, but DA and Reggie shouldnt be hyping this team up to try and sell tickets by creating false hope, top 10 QB, we are going to push people around bs

  • TUCK YOU

    The oline will revert to 06 mode and be a penalty machine

  • Orthodoxdj

    I don’t totally disagree with you, but there was very little to be optimistic about tonight.

  • mcfadden20.

    We did push them around, but we failed at mental game

  • TUCK YOU

    Whole team actually

  • mcfadden20.

    Lot of new faces on O and D I wouldn’t over-react after first day

  • turf toe

    No, we don’t.
    This year, it’s wins and losses. No more excuses.

  • turf toe

    We are not over-reacting. We are responding to what we saw, and what we witnessed was not good.

  • turf toe

    Yeah.

  • r8ter4evr

    The pass rush was there and we should of had 2-3 int’s if we win the turnover battle we will win more games than we lose. Yes we need to catch the ball and limit the stupid penalties but it is preseason and we didn’t get blown out
    Let’s see how we play this next week
    and analyze week to week

  • turf toe

    …and sleeping in somebody else’s rumpled suit.

  • mcfadden20.

    Yes we looked like a team which didn’t have its identity, which is to b expected of a team playing its first preseason game

  • r8ter4evr

    We lost by 4 pts with dropped passes
    Dropped int’s
    Lame penalties
    6 sacks was very optimistic

  • turf toe

    Yes.

  • r8ter4evr

    6 sacks

  • Raidertalk

    True but a better team would have overcome the penalties. I hope this team can develop the mental fortitude to overcome the penalties…because guess what, there are going to be more of them

  • mcfadden20.

    Thank god someone is still on the boat, yes after 3rs game it would give more of an idea how our team would actually perform in the regular season… First week really is not a good indicator of how a team would do…

  • r8ter4evr

    Can’t say I am happy but far from jumping ship
    It’s fricken preseason game ONE
    People act like we are 2-10 in the regular season
    It’s PATHETIC

  • mcfadden20.

    Pass rush could b lethal this year, we would really need it because our secondary looks weak.. Run game look good…

  • aig-raiders

    Man, that was fugly tonite. We got blown off the line consistently on by the vikes OL. Pathetic. Hopefully they show up next week. the only bright spot is our mighty midget QB made quick decisions out there. Hopefully he will climb the depth chart.

  • aig-raiders

    you kept it real. respect.

  • RaidO

    Can’t sugarcoat it. Raiders looked bad. Even worse coming off 2 4-12 seasons. They need to be better than this.

  • r8ter4evr

    Brown will come around
    Hopefully Chikwa, Carrie and McGill
    Will comtinue to get better
    Rodgers has a lot to prove to keep Chikwa off first teem

  • aig-raiders

    The Vikes were one of the worst D last year and in one preseason game Zimmer made them look pretty good. Amazing how a guy like Zimmer can make such quick contribution vs DA. Zimmer got Norv to run the O. DA got Olson. SMH

  • turf toe

    We did not look good, expected or otherwise.

  • mcfadden20.

    Its people like DonkeyO and that idiot who likes to say period after every post who think this team would b no good , these people who have been worshipping a 3rd stringer for the past 4 years think Schaubb is washed up .. I can’t believe people take these guys serious

  • turf toe

    Our play was pathetic. We just watched. None of us are jumping ship. We are right to be disappointed.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    ?
    Norv turned us down before going to the Vikings. There wasn’t much Allen could do about it.

  • RaidO

    The Raiders are not ready to play…The talent excuse does not work this year.
    Coaching has sucked all a long. Maybe now some can see that.

  • r8ter4evr

    I agree and
    I DONT take any naysayer serious
    This team will gel together and DA and co will have to show they belong here
    We will soon find out

  • r8ter4evr

    Yes it’s true
    But to say there were NO bright spots is not looking at the whole picture

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The worst case scenario is that Allen is fired and Reggie stays.
    That happens and we just do it all over again with the same results.

  • mcfadden20.

    Based on 1 game??

  • aig-raiders

    no the point is Zimmer was able to bring a legit OC to his staff. DA’s staff? Tarver is unproven and Olson is a journeyman OC at best.

  • r8ter4evr

    I agree we have more than enough talent to compete
    DA and co have to prove this year they CAN win games or they will seal their fate

  • Raider_Riff

    We offered Norv a job?

  • SlashNHack

    My feeling is that Brown is about as good as Jenkins was. Carlos Rodgers is about as good as Porter was. Revolving door of very average CBs. Chekwa is a 4th corner and the rest are very late rookie picks combined with Taiwan and a constantly injured DJ Hayden…. We are going to get torched … Woodson is a gamer, but way too old .

    Branch is going to get burned and point that finger all year!

    We better run the ball and not have any pick sixes or we are doomed. Just keeping it real

  • Raider_Riff

    We haven’t had a identity since Reggie got here. Nothing new. Just the excuses.

  • mcfadden20.

    We made their D look good because we committed a holding penalty every time we got something going, dropped a pass which would have likely turned into a TD or put the ball inside Minny 5 missed a FG, and we helped their O by extending drives… Our D was better, much pressure on the QB

  • SlashNHack

    If we have penalties on offense that force Schaubie to make plays and our WRs drop the ball we will see a pick six extravaganza …

  • aig-raiders

    i dont know man. I saw our D get blown off the line on their runs. Im talking about the 1st stringers.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    There were a lot of rumors and reporting about it but Norv indicated he didn’t t want to come back here.
    No idea whether he was actually offered a job since they never announce that stuff.

  • Raider_Riff

    I really want to see how the bootlickers sugar coat this one.

    I predict we will hear how this staff needs more time with all the new starters. As if it wasn’t Reggie’s plan to blow things up and bring in these guys.

    Should kept Hue or blown things up in yr 1. Too many mistakes made to recover from now.

    Reggie & DA are toast.

  • turf toe

    Who said there were no bright spots?
    Drew looked good, as did Dmac and Chekwa.
    This year, wins and losses. No excuses. In the meantime, substandard play must not be accepted.

  • mcfadden20.

    I feel you, I don’t have much confidence in O either gotta pound the rock and strike deep , and get a lead to keep pressure on the other teams

  • turf toe

    This is year three.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The talent on the team is a little better than last year but not that great.