After several weeks in which the Raiders got out to fast starts, they had a reversal of fortune this week. The Vikings took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown. The Raiders responded with a three-and-out.
It was the same story for the Raiders offense on their first three drives. Their second drive went four plays, with the fourth a Derek Carr interception. The Vikings took over at the Oakland 41-yard-line and drove for a field goal to go up 10-0 early. And again, the Raiders answered the scoring drive with a three-and-out.
With the Vikings up 13-0 early in the second quarter, the momentum began to shift to the Raiders. They went 80 yards on 9 plays to score the touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Carr to Clive Walford.
The Raiders defense would hold and when the Raiders got the ball back, they would drive for another touchdown. The drive started with a 38-yard bomb from Carr to Amari Cooper who went up high to pull down the pass over the defender. A few plays later, Carr went long for Andre Holmes for the 34-yard touchdown and a 14-13 lead with 2:00 left in the first half.
That lead barely lasted long enough to stay on a bucking bull as Vikings return man Cordarrelle Patterson took the kickoff 93 yards to the house, giving the Vikings a 20-14 lead.
The Vikings drove into field goal range, but attempted a 53-yard field goal into the whipping wind and it sailed wide right to keep the score at 20-14 at the half.
Both of the Raiders' drives in the third quarter moved just to midfield where they were stopped to force a punt and neither team was able to score in the quarter.
To begin the fourth quarter, the Vikings were on the move again but again had to settle for a field goal attempt. This time Keith McGill blocked the 39-yard attempt to keep it at a one score game.
Another three-and-out by the Raiders was answered by a scoring drive by the Vikings with Blair Walsh finally getting one through from 34 yards out to make it a two score game at 23-14.
With 3:43 remaining, the Raiders went on a long drive, but on the touchdown pass attempt to Andre Holmes, Derek Carr was intercepted in the endzone for a touchback. The first play from scrimmage, Adrian Peterson took off for an 80-yard touchdown.
That run put Peterson over 200 yards (203) on the day and sent the fans heading toward the exits with under two minutes left in the game.
All the Raiders could do with that was try to make it look closer. But in reality, they were beaten pretty soundly by the Vikings.
The loss drops the Raiders to 4-5 with their playoff hopes on hold. While the 'underdog' Vikings improve to 7-2.