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The Minnesota Vikings put together a furious second-half comeback on Sunday afternoon against the Oakland Raiders, but it wasn't enough to get themselves out of the huge hole they had dug for themselves in the early going. The result was a 27-21 loss that dropped the Vikings to 2-8 on the year.
The Vikings got on the board first in this one, thanks to a 12-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson. It was Peterson's 11th touchdown on the season, extending his league lead in that category. The Raiders, however, would answer back in a big, big way.
The Raiders scored the next 27 points of the football game, and they scored them by various means. After a Sebastian Janikowski field goal cut Minnesota's lead to 7-3, the Raiders turned Christian Ponder's first interception of the afternoon into a touchdown, with Carson Palmer ultimately finding Chas Schliens in the back right corner of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass and a 10-7 Oakland lead.
The Raiders would score on their next possession as well, with running back Michael Bush slamming into the end zone from two yards out to make the score 17-7 in favor of the Silver and Black. On the ensuing kickoff, Lorenzo Booker put the ball on the ground, and the Raiders recovered at the Minnesota 16-yard line. It didn't take them much to get in from there, as Carson Palmer concluded the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak to give the Raiders a 24-7 advantage going into halftime.
There wasn't a whole lot of action to be had in the third quarter of this one, as the teams spent most of the frame exchanging punts. Late in the quarter, however, Ponder attempted to force a pass in to Michael Jenkins that was deflected and intercepted by defensive tackle Tommy Kelly for his Ponder's second interception of the afternoon. The Raiders didn't move the ball much, but got into position for another Janikowski field goal to make it 27-7.
The last play of the third quarter had Ponder hitting Devin Aromashodu for a 42-yard pitch-and-catch that put the Vikings down to the Oakland 26-yard line. The first play of the fourth quarter had Ponder roll out slightly to his right before coming back across the left side of the field to Percy Harvin, who turned it into a 26-yard touchdown to cut the score to 27-14. The Raiders then answered with another drive of their own, but a field goal attempt by Janikowski was blocked by Letroy Guion to preserve the deficit.
The Vikings looked to capitalize on their momentum, driving deep into Oakland territory, but on a third down play Ponder again tried to do too much, trying to force a pass in to Aromashodu at the goal line that was intercepted by the Raiders' Stanford Routt to thwart the drive. The Raiders didn't have much of a chance to do anything with it, however, as four plays later Michael Bush lost a fumble for the first time in two years, as Brian Robison made the recovery at the Oakland 38.
Ponder shook off his earlier mistake and hit a beautiful pass down the seam for Visanthe Shiancoe for 37 yards down to the 1-yard line, and on his next play found a wide open Kyle Rudolph in the end zone for the first of what will hopefully be many scoring connection between the two rookies, cutting the score to 27-21.
Unfortunately, the Vikings would get no closer. They got one last possession and drove to midfield, but a 4th-and-8 pass to Percy Harvin fell incomplete and essentially ended the game.
The Vikings fall to 2-8 on the season after the loss, and are now one of just three teams in the NFL that only have two wins, along with the Carolina Panthers and the St. Louis Rams. (The Rams are still playing at this time.) Next week, they will travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.
A promising Vikings' drive, one that was aided by numerous Raider penalties, was thwarted when Christian Ponder was intercepted in the end zone by Oakland's Stanford Routt. It was Ponder's third interception of the afternoon. However, a couple of plays later, Raiders' running back Michael Bush fumbled for the first time in two years, and it was recovered by Brian Robison at the Oakland 38-yard line.
A completion from Ponder to Visanthe Shiancoe put the ball at the Oakland 1-yard line, and on the next play, Ponder faked a handoff to Toby Gerhart, bootlegged out to the right, and found a wide open Kyle Rudolph in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown pass to cut the Oakland lead to 27-21.
We have five minutes left at the Metrodome, and what looked like it was turning into a laugher has suddenly gotten really interesting, as the Oakland Raiders' lead over the Minnesota Vikings is now just six points at 27-21.
With twelve minutes left in the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland Raiders, Raiders' wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a pass on a crossing route across the middle of the field, and was brought down by Vikings' cornerback Cedric Griffin. At the end of the play, Vikings' linebacker E.J. Henderson came flying into the play and caught Heyward-Bey in the back of his head with either his knee or his thigh.
Though it didn't look like it was terribly serious on the replay, Heyward-Bey remained down on the field and didn't get up. He eventually had the training staff come out and check him out, and the end result was him getting placed on a stretcher and, ultimately, on a cart and taken off of the field.
Heyward-Bey appeared to have movement in his arms and his legs, and gave his teammates a thumbs-up as he was being taken off the field, so hopefully he will recover without any serious issues.
On the first play of the fourth quarter at the Metrodome against the Oakland Raiders, Ponder fired a ball to Harvin in the left flat, and the speedster did the rest from there, making Raiders miss and taking it into the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown reception. It was, shockingly, Harvin's first receiving touchdown of the season, and capped a Vikings' drive that went 4 plays and 72 yards in only 59 seconds.
The play was set up by a 42-yard catch and run from Ponder to Devin Aromashodu on the final play of the third quarter that put the Vikings in Oakland territory and set up that particular play.
That touchdown stops a run of 27 consecutive points for the Raiders, and has made things a little more interesting, if nothing else.
With a little more than 14 minutes remaining in the game, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Oakland Raiders by a score of 27-14.
Not a whole lot of action in the third quarter this afternoon at the Metrodome, and what action there has been has generally not been positive for the Minnesota Vikings, as the Oakland Raiders are just taking it to them thus far.
After a dearth of action, Christian Ponder threw one of the few truly terrible passes that he's thrown since becoming the Vikings' starting quarterback, as it was deflected and wound up in the arms of Raiders' defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. It was Ponder's second interception of the day and the third turnover of the afternoon for Minnesota.
Fortunately, the Raiders couldn't do much with it, and had to call on the man they call Sea Bass, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, for a 26-yard field goal. The Polish Hammer hit it dead center, and the Raiders extended their lead to 27-7 with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.
Just a bad game all around for the Vikings this afternoon. We'll see if the Vikings can salvage a little something over the last quarter of play.
The train is officially off the tracks in Minnesota, ladies and gentlemen.
After the Raiders scored on a 2-yard Michael Bush touchdown run, Minnesota Vikings' returner Lorenzo Booker coughed up the ball on the ensuing kickoff when he inexplicably tried to hurdle his own player. The Raiders' DeMarcus Van Dyke recovered, and the Raiders were set up on the Minnesota 16-yard line with just over a minute left in the first half.
It didn't take much for the Raiders to get into the end zone, and they capped the short drive with quarterback Carson Palmer sneaking into the end zone from a yard out for the score.
After the Vikings took an early 7-0 lead, the Raiders have scored 24 unanswered points. They definitely look like a team that resides in first place in their division, while the Vikings look like a team that is headed straight for a top five pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
We're going to halftime at the Metrodome, and the Minnesota Vikings trail the Oakland Raiders by a score of 24-7.
After the drive stalled at the Oakland 30-yard line, the Vikings brought in the normally reliable Ryan Longwell to attempt a field goal. However, something went wrong on the play, and Longwell didn't even kick the ball, leaving holder Chris Kluwe to get crushed by the Oakland defense and the Vikings to turn it over on downs.
The Raiders then went 57 yards in 8 plays with relative ease, capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Bush, giving the Raiders 17 unanswered points and making the score 17-7 in favor of Oakland.
Still no further word on whether or not Adrian Peterson will be back for the second half in this one. Word continues to be that his return is probable.
With 1:20 left in the first half of play at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Oakland Raiders by a score of 17-7.
Lorenzo Booker has just fumbled the ensuing kickoff, so the Raiders will again start inside the Minnesota 20-yard line. The Raiders will also get the ball to start the second half.
After Adrian Peterson went out with an injury, quarterback Christian Ponder converted a third down with a 28-yard run that put the Vikings at midfield. A few plays later, from the Oakland 21-yard line, Ponder tried to find Percy Harvin on a corner route, but threw it into double coverage and was intercepted by Raiders' safety Matt Giordano, who returned it to the Oakland 47-yard line.
From there, the Raiders went to work behind quarterback Carson Palmer. On a 3rd-and-8 from the Minnesota 11-yard line, Palmer threw a brilliant pass to the back corner of the end zone to Chaz Schliens, who caught it between two defenders for the touchdown and a 10-7 Raiders lead.
Still waiting for further word on running back Adrian Peterson, but indicators are that his return for the second half is probable, which is good news for the Vikings.
With 9:10 remaining in the first half of play at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Oakland Raiders by a score of 10-7.
After the two teams exchanged punts on their first possessions, the Vikings took the ball from their own 23-yard line. The Raiders appeared to have the Vikings stopped on several occasions, but just kept committing penalties to keep the Minnesota drive going. The Raiders committed personal foul penalties on two consecutive plays, one of which negated what would have been a third down sack of Christian Ponder that would have ended the drive.
There was also an interesting situation after what could have been a Vikings' touchdown. Percy Harvin took an inside handoff from Ponder and appeared to have a 40-yard touchdown run, but Michael Jenkins was called for a penalty that brought it back. The Vikings had a rare 1st-and-2 after the spot foul, but the officials showed it on the field as 2nd-and-2. As a result, when the Vikings failed on second down, they thought it was third down and had sent Ryan Longwell onto the field. But, after the Vikings called a time out (which they ultimately weren't charged for), they converted a third down and kept the drive alive.
A couple of plays later, Adrian Peterson took one right though the heart of the Oakland defense for a 12-yard touchdown run, giving the Vikings a 7-0 lead. It's Peterson's 11th rushing touchdown of the season, extending his NFL lead in this category.
With a little more than five minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Minnesota Vikings lead the Oakland Raiders, 7-0, at the Metrodome.
No real surprises here, as both Ford and McFadden had been unable to practice all week and were not expected to play. McFadden will be replaced in the starting lineup by Michael Bush, while Denarius Moore will take Ford's starting spot at wide receiver.
Now for the homestanding Minnesota Vikings.
Henderson is a bit of an unexpected addition to the list, but he will miss his first game this season. No word yet as to who will replace him in the lineup, but when we find out, we'll be sure to let you know.
Vikings' rookie quarterback Christian Ponder had his left (non-throwing) hand spiked late during the Vikings' blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers last Monday night, but he's been a full-participant in practice all week and shouldn't have any problems with the hand on Sunday. That's good for handing off to Adrian Peterson, but unfortunately, you won't get any points for that.
Ponder is still projected by Numberfire.com to throw over 30 times, but is not expected to have much success with those throws. Ponder's predicted to throw just 200 yards passing and a touchdown in his fourth NFL start.
Oakland allows opposing quarterbacks over three points more than average defenses in the league, but held the struggling, yet explosive, Chargers offense to under 20 points last week and can make some plays in the secondary.
Adrian Peterson is likely to make things easier for the passing game, but not enough to make Ponder a safe play.
Adrian Peterson is projected to be the third highest fantasy scorer (highest running back) this week when the Minnesota Vikings take on the Oakland Raiders at the Metrodome. Adrian Peterson plus an opponent that allows the eighth most rushing yards per game tends to harvest those results.
The Raiders defense is allowing opposing teams to run all over them to the tune of 132.4 yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns. In standard formats, opponents' running games produce on average four more points than the average defense, the fourth most points allowed to running backs.
Peterson is coming off of one of his worst fantasy games of the season this past Monday night at the Packers (just 14 carries for 51 yards rushing), but the Vikings should have a much better chance to establish the running game at home against the Raiders.
In his fifth season, this will be Peterson's first game against the Oakland Raiders.
The Minnesota Vikings aren't doing well this season, sitting at 2-7 and coming off a blowout loss to their biggest rivals, the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. For Minnesota, the theme of the season has quickly turned from competing in the NFC North division and a shot at the playoffs, their usual destination, to a look to the future with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder. The name of the game for Minnesota right now is just that: see what Ponder can handle in his rookie season, but they are still trying to win games, and the Oakland Raiders are are coming to town.
Oakland is sitting atop the AFC West division at 5-4, after a big win on Thursday Night Football over the San Diego Chargers. They're riding hot and will have their foots on the gas when they take on the Vikings at the Metrodome.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 20, 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Mall of America Field, Minnesota
TV Schedule: CBS (TV Distribution Map)
TV Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Radio: KFAN FM 100.3
The Minnesota Vikings got some good news from Friday's injury report when it was determined the Oakland Raiders would be without starting running back Darren McFadden this weekend. The home team's injury report isn't excellent by any means, but it doesn't look quite as bad by comparison.
The Vikings announced that they will officially be without the services of safety Hussain Abdullah and offensive guard Anthony Herrera, both due to injury, as well as cornerback Chris Cook as he awaits the next step in his football career.
The bigger names on the Vikings injury report come under the questionable column, however, as Erin Henderson and Visanthe Shiancoe are both listed as questionable. Both players are out due to hamstring injuries, but they are both expected to play on Sunday.
The remainder of the injury report includes a few players that are probable. Long snapper Cullen Loeffler should be able to play with a shoulder injury, Michael Jenkins was listed this week with a knee injury and quarterback Christian Ponder made the injury report with a left hand injury.
The Oakland Raiders will be looking to improve on their season this Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Vikings, but it won't be easy as the Bay Area team will take to the Metrodome without one of its best players. The Raiders released their final injury report of the week on Friday and, as suspected, starting running back Darren McFadden has been ruled out due to a foot injury.
The Raiders still have a capable running back in Michael Bush backing up McFadden, but their backfield isn't quite as daunting without McFadden running behind the offensive line. The Raiders also listed wide receiver Jacoby Ford, cornerback Chris Johnson and quarterback Jason Campbell out for Sunday afternoon's game.
Among the other injuries including on Friday's report are defensive end Richard Seymour (questionable with a knee injury), safety Michael Huff (questionable due to an ankle injury) and kicker Sebastian Janikowski (probable with a left hamstring injury).
The full injury report can be found on the NFL's injury page.
For more on the Vikings, visit SB Nation's The Daily Norseman.
The Oakland Raiders released their practice participation reports for Thursday, and there's not much change from Wednesday for the Silver and Black heading into their matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was removed from the report and placed on injured reserve, so it's definitely not a subtraction from the injury report that they'd like to hang their hat on. Both running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Jacoby Ford sat out practice on Thursday, and it's not looking like they'll be able to play on Sunday.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski will likely kick during the game once again, but he continues to sit out practices. If there's a kick of 50+ yards, one can expect he won't be out there doing it. His status won't be determined until the last minute, at which point he'll test his leg and see if he's good to go or not. The full injury report can be found below:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), CB Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), DT Richard Seymour (knee), RB Manase Tonga (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: TE Kevin Boss (knee)
The Minnesota Vikings are playing the Oakland Raiders this weekend at home as they try to remove the ugly taste from their blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football last week. The Vikings aren't getting any favors from the injury report, however, as tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was added on Thursday after being fully healthy for Wednesday's practice.
Shiancoe apparently tweaked his hamstring on Thursday, but the tight end's status shouldn't be in doubt for Sunday's game.
"I don't think it's anything serious, we'll see (Friday) how he does," Vikings head coach Leslie Fraziers said after practice.
The remainder of the injury report looked the same as it did Wednesday aside from linebacker Erin Henderson. Henderson sat out Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury, but he was listed as "limited" on Thursday.
The remaining injury report is included below.
|Cook, Chris||CB||Not Injury Related||Out||-||-||Out|
|Ponder, Christian||QB||Left Hand||FP||FP||-||-|
|Sherels, Marcus||CB||Not Injury Related||-||DNP||-||-|
The Minnesota Vikings are coming off of a difficult loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, but the team is putting that behind them as they gear up to host the Oakland Raiders this weekend. Wednesday's injury report revealed that the Vikings will have a few more injuries to deal with this week than they did last week.
The biggest injury is actually Antoine Winfield, but since the team has decided to put him on the injury reserve, the veteran cornerback will not show up on the injury report. In lieu of Winfield not being on the report, the Vikings were missing starters Anthony Herrera and Erin Henderson on Wednesday.
Herrera has been out for a couple of weeks as he continues to deal with a knee injury, but Henderson's injury is new for the Vikings. Henderson played in Monday night's loss, though he recorded just one tackle.
The full injury report is included below:
|Cook, Chris||CB||Not Injury Related||Out||-||-||Out|
|Ponder, Christian||QB||Left Hand||FP||-||-||-|
The Oakland Raiders are gearing up for a game against the Minnesota Vikings this season. Even though the Vikings don't have an impressive record, they have one of the best running backs in the league -- something the Raiders might be without, according to Wednesday's injury report.
Starting running back Darren McFadden was one of seven Raiders players that missed all of Wednesday's practice for Oakland as he attempts to recover from a foot injury. Other notable names out included Richard Seymour, Jacoby Ford and kicker Sebastian Janikowski, but McFadden is obviously a key to the team's offense.
As SB Nation's Sean Keeley notes, it's difficult to project whether McFadden will return this week, despite making "huge progress".
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden was not wearing a protective boot at practice on Wednesday, something that head coach Hue Jackson called "huge progress" in the hopes that McFadden would return for this week's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
McFadden continues to make progress from the mid-foot sprain that has kept him out of the Raiders' last two games but has yet to resume practice or workouts.
The complete injury report can be found here.
The Minnesota Vikings will play the Oakland Raiders this weekend. Hopefully Adrian Peterson gets a chance to show what he's capable of doing.
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