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It’s week 3 of the NFL season and the 1-1 Oakland Raiders have their first game of a brutal of road trip, starting out playing in Minnesota against the Vikings. Oakland is coming off of a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Vikings are similarly 1-1 and coming off a loss to their own biggest rival the Green Bay Packers.

The Vikings will likely look to be physical and control the game with a heavy dose of their star running back Dalvin Cook and utilizing their strong defense led by secondary players Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith. They also have Kirk Cousins who can be a very good QB, though you’d never know that if you only looked at his game last week against the Packers. Cousins receivers are led by Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, both extremely capable players.

It will be up to the Raiders defense to keep the Vikings offense in check if they want to come out with a victory in Minnesota. The Oakland run defense has been great so far through two weeks but this will be their biggest test with a healthy Dalvin Cook looking like a top back in the NFL so far this year.

As always, chat right here with your fellow Raiders fans as the action unfolds!