Five things we learned in the locker room following the Raiders’ 30-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Thursday at O.co Coliseum:
Cordarrelle Patterson’s 93-yard kick return for a touchdown was a huge momentum shifter (AP photo).
OAKLAND — A quarter’s worth of bottled-up momentum disappeared in 13 seconds.
That’s how long it took the Minnesota Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson to fly 93 yards and return a kickoff for a touchdown.
The impact: Minnesota turned a brief deficit into a halftime lead and went on to a 30-14 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
“It’s something we emphasize, we believe in,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said of a kick coverage unit that had been strong until that letdown. “We knew it was going to be a challenge because they have talented guys.” Continue Reading
It’s Tony Bergstrom time for the Raiders. Continue Reading
The Raiders, as expected, activated Nate Allen on Saturday from the short-term injured reserve. Continue Reading
Derek Carr and the Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater were selected four picks apart in the 2014 NFL Draft, with Minnesota trading up to grab Bridgewater. This duo will be judged against each other for years to come. In terms of stats, Carr has the huge advantage thus far. In the win-loss category those, it’s advantage Bridgewater. Sunday marks the first time they’ll meet in a regular season game. Continue Reading
RAIDERS VS. VIKINGS
1:05 p.m., Sunday, O.co Coliseum
TV: FOX (Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Holly Sonders)
Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy); 98.9 (Spanish) Continue Reading
Center Rodney Hudson missed practice for the fourth consecutive day Friday with an ankle sprain and was listed as doubtful to face the Minnesota Vikings.
Official designations will come following practice Friday, but appears the Raiders are planning on going without starting center Rodney Hudson against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Raiders are on the outside looking in at the AFC wild card race at the midway point of the season, but probably rate as at least a co-favorite to reach the post season based on the play of quarterback Derek Carr.
At the NFL’s most important position, Carr has 19 touchdown passes, four interceptions and a burgeoning reputation as one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL — easily the top young signal-caller competing in the AFC with only Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger having an edge based on two Super Bowl rings and years of quality service. Continue Reading
Nate Allen injured his knee in the opener, but appears set to be activated for Sunday’s game.
The Raiders continue to expect the return of safety Nate Allen from his torn medial collateral ligament on Sunday, the first game for which he’s eligible to come off the short-term injured reserve.
“Having Nate Allen back really strengthens our secondary,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. “Makes us better in every way and we welcome him with open arms.” Continue Reading