Monday, November 30, 2015

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Cordarrelle Patterson’s 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 1:52 seconds to play in the first half gave the Vikings a 20-14 advantage allowing the Vikings to reclaim the lead and the momentum. Adrian Peterson rushed for 203 yards on 26 carries and Terence Newman’s interception of a Derek Carr pass in the end zone with just over two minutes to play in the game helped the Vikings to a 30-14 road victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Terence Newman had two interceptions on the day as the Vikings held the Raiders’ high-octane offense in check limiting them to 287 net yards passing with 2 touchdowns. Captain Munnerlyn played a good game in the slot collecting 8 combined tackles as the secondary held Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to 9 total receptions for 134 yards and no touchdowns.

Linval Joseph put together another good performance with 8 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

The Vikings got off to a fast start marching the opening possession 80 yards on 8 plays as Teddy Bridgewater hit Rhett Ellison on an 11-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. Blair Walsh kicked a 20 yard field goal late in the first quarter as the Vikings extended the lead to 10-0.

The Raiders answered with the next 14 points on a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Clive Walford and a 34-yard touchdown strike to WR Andre Holmes. Patterson then stole the show with his electric return down the left side line for the go-ahead and eventual game winning score late in the first half.

In the second half, the Vikings defense forced three punts and the big Newman interception as Minnesota controlled the clock and the game behind a stellar power running attack led by Peterson.

The Vikings are 7-2 on the season and alone atop the NFC North standings thanks to a Detroit Lions 18-16 win over the stumbling 6-3 Green Bay Packers.

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The image of Teddy Bridgewater motionless on the ground last week left many wondering if he’d miss today’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Fortunately for the Minnesota Vikings, Bridgewater passed the concussion protocol and will start in less than an hour. His play will be critical as the Vikings look to attack the league’s worst-ranked passing defense, which is allowing 314 yards passing per game.

Bridgewater is also joined by Anthony Barr, who’s been battling a hand injury he sustained against the Rams. He will, however, be missing his partner in crime, Eric Kendricks. The rookie linebacker is fighting through a painful rib injury and his scratch appears to be a precaution. Six other players are inactive, including:

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Last week, the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams battled under windy conditions as the broadcast team was sure to remind you every three seconds. As it turns out, the wind greatly impacted the flow of the game with special teams adjustments and an overtime coin toss decision from Mike Zimmer.

This week, it looks like the Vikings could be playing under similar circumstances in Oakland.

As of this posting, is noting a wind advisory for the entire area until 10:00 PM tonight. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 MPH are expected by game time, with gusts as high as 40 to 50 MPH also expected to make an appearance.

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Trattou, JustinDEFootLimitedLimitedLimitedOUT
Kendricks, EricLBRibsDNPDNPLimitedDoubtful
Barr, AnthonyLBLow BackDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable
Bridgewater, TeddyQB ConcussionLimitedFullFullQuestionable
Sherels, MarcusCBShoulderLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Floyd, SharrifDTKnee/AnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Joseph, LinvalDTFootLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Newman, TerranceCBConcussionLimitedFullFullProbable
Patterson, CordarrelleWRShoulder________LimitedFullProbable
Robison, BrianDEAnkleFullFullFullProbable

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After a Blair Walsh overtime win against St. Louis last week, the Vikings are now 6-2 and tied with Green Bay to lead the NFC North division. The Packers play the Lions this week, which will most likely be another win for Green Bay, so it’s even more important for the Vikings to come away with a victory Sunday.

The Raiders are No. 2 behind Denver in the AFC West division with a 4-4 record. They are coming off a narrow loss to Pittsburgh and will be hungry for a win at home. Derek Carr is averaging 262 passing yards per game and has 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions on the season. Add in the speed and hands of rookie receiver Amari Cooper, and Oakland is no easy contest. Don’t forget, Minnesota is also going against its former offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave.

Most experts are choosing the Raiders over the Vikings, so Mike Zimmer and his team have something to prove. Lets take a look at how Minnesota’s offense will match up against its opponents in Week 10.

Offensive Line

The offensive line allowed only one sack against Teddy Bridgewater last week, although he did receive a decent amount of pressure. There have been pros and cons for the line all season, one of the positives being that the unit has reduced the number of penalties committed after last year. The Vikings as a whole are the least-penalized team in the NFL; as Denver’s Aqib Talib found out last week, penalties can prove significant to a game’s outcome. With Joe Berger looking to be the starting center through the rest of the season in John Sullivan‘s absence, the offensive line has been working to hold its own.

While Oakland used to be known for its defense, the team currently ranks No. 30 in the league (above only the Saints and the Giants). Protecting Bridgewater and blocking against the Raiders will not be like defending the Rams or Broncos, and Minnesota’s O-Line should do well in this situation. The Raiders’ largest threat is linebacker Malcolm Smith; Smith has 59 tackles (50 solo) and three sacks on the season thus far. The line will need to contain Smith in order to keep Minnesota in the game offensively.

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