The Goldmine: Vikings vs. Raiders Game Recap


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By Samuel Goldman

50,000 people attended the Minnesota Vikings TCF Bank Stadium debut last week. Oakland Raiders fans got their first glimpse of new play-caller Matt Schaub. Minnesota’s new offensive scheme was displayed. The low scoring game featured multiple story lines.

First round draft picks Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr made their debut. The inconsistent Raiders gave Kalil Mack playing time in hopes of restoring their defense. Norv Turner made his impact felt immediately.

Christian Ponder struggled last season. The offense wasn’t able to gain momentum. The new scheme is more effective and flows better. Bridgewater and Matt Cassel both looked poised and confident.

Defense wins championships. An assortment of blitz schemes were implemented by coach Zimmer initially. The Raiders were unable to keep up with the fast paced Minnesota offense. Their inability to create any turnover opportunities was troublesome. Ponder was knocked down multiple times.

Sideline interviews captured the mood of current Minnesota players and coaches. Optimism was a common theme. A sloppy fourth quarter enabled more reps for both teams. Oakland’s last second Hail Mary was almost converted.