Preview: Raiders Tackle Vikings in First Road Game of Season

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The Raiders, coming off a loss at home to Kansas City, are in Minnesota to play the Vikings as their seven-week road swing gets into gear.


The Oakland Raiders take to the road for the first time this season when they head to Minneapolis to take on the Vikings, Sunday at 10am PT.

Both teams enter the game at 1-1 and are coming off a loss. Both looked sharp in their opener and, with the exception of about one quarter each, weren’t too bad in the second game either.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has been an enigma thus far in Minnesota.

The Raiders knocked off the Denver Broncos at home 24-16, on Sept. 9. Last week, Oakland lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-10, in a game in which they allowed all 28 points in the second quarter.

The Vikings started strong with a season-opening 28-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Last week, the Vikings fell behind, 21-0, early in the second quarter against the Packers but came back to within 21-16 with a chance to score the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

The Vikings come in with a strong rushing attack led by Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has two big-play targets in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to throw to, but so far has been very inconsistent.

The Vikings defense was outstanding against the Falcons but gave up three early touchdowns to fall behind the Packers. They righted the ship and shut out Green Bay the rest of the way.

Josh Jacobs has fought illness this week reportedly losing 10lbs.

Oakland quarterback Derek Carr has passed for 457 yards this season, with Tyrell Williams becoming his favorite target with 151 yards. Rookie Josh Jacobs has been an effective running back with 184 yards.

Lamarcus Joyner, who is nursing a minor hamstring injury, leads the Raiders defense with 11 tackles and Tahir Whitehead has 10. Benson Mayowa has 3.5 sacks to lead the way so far for an Oakland defense that ranks 5th against the run but is still struggling against the pass.

On the injury front, the Raiders had four players who did not participate in practice on Thursday: tackle Trent Brown (knee), wide receiver Dwayne Harris (ankle), guard Gabe Jackson (knee) and cornerback Keisean Nixon (illness).

The Vikings had two players who didn’t practice on Thursday: cornerback Mackensie Alexander (elbow) and linebacker Anthony Barr (groin).

The Vikings opened the game as a 7-point home favorite and the number has since been bet up to nine points. The total opened at 43 and has moved to 43.5.

With the Raiders early start on Sunday, our own Silver and Black Today on CBS Sports Radio 1140 (and Radio.com app nationwide) is your pregame show from 8-10am PT. Guests this week include Manny Hill from SKOR North 1500 radio in Minneapolis with a preview of the Vikings, Rick Velotta of the Las Vegas Review-Journal with an Allegiant Stadium update, and Sr. NFL Columnist, and CBS Sports Radio 1140 contributor, Moe Moton talks about his latest and possible changes for the Raiders roster.