The Raiders got two good showings from quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens, who are actively competing for the backup quarterback job. Stidham ended the game with 68 passing yards and a rushing touchdown, while Mullens completed nearly 80 percent of his passes with 94 yards and a touchdown. Of the rookies, a standout was the Raiders’ seventh-round selection Brittain Brown. He finished the game as the games leading rusher with 14 carries, 54 yards and a trip to the end zone. Despite it being a preseason game, scoring a touchdown in the NFL is a feat the rookie running back can always be proud of. With all the weapons Derek Carr has, The concerns are, how much protection will Carr have. The offensive line was horrible against the Jaguars in the Hall of Fame game. Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, it wasn’t much better. The offensive line allowed four sacks for 21 yards and seven quarterback hits on Sunday against a not-so-great Vikings defensive line. Something has to change. I get it’s the preseason and they are trying some things out, but it’s not a good look. The defensive front wasn’t much better. The pass rush was not good, as the Raiders only registered two sacks in the game and came up with only four quarterback hits. these are the things the Raiders will have to improve on if they want to be a major contender in the AFC division.
Even with the victory. The Vikings had quite a bit of turnovers. Key penalties throughout the game led to crucial missed opportunities on both sides of the ball for Minnesota. The Vikings offense was lined up first and goal at the 5-yard line in the second quarter, but a false start pushed them back. After being kept out of the end zone the next three plays, they walked away with only a field goal. Then later on the Raiders’ first drive of the second half, it looked like Las Vegas was going to have to punt, but Minnesota committed an illegal substitution on the play, extending the drive. The Raiders eventually scored on that possession, and what could have been a three-and-out instead resulted in six points. And in a game which was decided by only six points, these mistakes add up. Overall, the Vikings had eight penalties for 71 yards, definitely something they’ll want to improve on over the next few preseason games.
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