Well, we won after we did all that we could to lose. That's about as good as I got for a game where all three elements of the Raiders - the good, the bad and the ugly - reared their head.
Good: Bush continued to run the ball and run himself into a nice paycheck from someone next year.
DHB and Boss were heavily targeted for the first time in the Carson Palmer era and acquitted themselves well (save one DHB drop that brought back memories of the bad old days). I'm sure we all hope Darius' injury isn't serious - I was glad to hear that he had all his feeling in his body and should make it back with the team.
Our defensive line gave Ponder all he could handle.
Ro made some nice plays, particularly in pass coverage (although he had one ugly missed tackle)
Bad: Penalties, penalties, penalties. I'm out of ideas as to what's gotta be done here - I hope Hue has a plan J cause A to I haven't worked so far.
Palmer didn't lose the game for us but he failed to carve up a pretty poor Vikings secondary.
Other than DHB and Boss (and one spectacular catch by Myers) none of our other receivers were a factor. If all our guys come to play at once we're unstoppable - but Denarius' no show in particular meant we didn't have our best deep ball receiver.
As ever, we showed we have no answer to mobile QBs if they elude the pass rush.
Fire Pillow Bresnahan.
I'll give the team a C+ for the game. Not pretty, but effective. This was a "Just Win, Baby" game, and frankly it's good to see we can win these games. Last year (or even the start of this one) we would have blown it. It's nice to know we can win ugly.
Chicago next week. While I think they're a fairly good matchup for us (just as the Jets were) it certainly won't be easy, especially as Forte is playing at a near-MVP level right now and we continue to struggle against the rush and RBs in the passing game.
Now if everyone will excuse me, I'm going to drink. Partly out of celebration, partly out of frustration and partly out of laughing at my 6'9" best mate as he squeezes into my Raider undies and recites The Autumn Wind.