The Vikings (7-2) moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North, one game ahead of the faltering Green Bay Packers (6-3), who have lost three straight in advance of next week's visit to TCF Bank Stadium. In their first head-to-head matchup, both showed the good and the bad elements of their games. "Make us go down the field".
On Sunday, the Raiders went limp on their final drive in the first half with a minute and 39 seconds remaining. "I am going to keep pushing them".
- The Vikings' record over their last four road games: 3-1. Instead they narrowly fell in the closing seconds to the Steelers in a game they felt they should have won.
"We're old and we still love the game", Newman said.
That starts with Peterson, who turned 30 last March, and who missed most of last season after he was charged with child abuse. And then when the defense gets worn down Peterson finds a crease and breaks one-famine, famine, feast. The defense then let Adrian Peterson scamper through for his 80 yard touchdown after that but it really didn't matter anymore after the interception. It was the sixth 200-yard rushing game of Peterson's career, tying him with Bills Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson for the most in National Football League history. Oakland has allowed 458 yards rushing the past two games after giving up just 453 the previous six.
The Minnesota Vikings lead 20-14 over the Raiders with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings made a Teddy Bridgewater the 32nd overall pick in that draft, out of Louisville, while the Raiders used a second-round pick, 36th overall, to select Derek Carr out of Fresno State. Sometimes he held it because his receivers were covered, and sometimes his decisions didn't happen quickly enough. On Sunday, it was the Raiders who played Wile E. Coyote.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. It's possible he was tentative coming off his concussion. Derek Carr has been one of the best in the league this season, tossing 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions with a QB rating of 104.3. And it starts with the offensive line. He was limited early in the week in practice and not cleared to play until Friday. We have seen less penalty calls against Rhodes lately, and perhaps that is part of the reason-he appears to be playing off more. I think that's the biggest thing that you're going to get from us. Carr has 21 touchdown passes this season. One day soon this team will be able to rebound from a shock like that, but yesterday they could not. Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson had similar snap counts for a second straight week, with Wright out-snapping Johnson this time, 17-15.
Thorpe was among the last players with a potential shot to get Patterson, but he couldn't get through a block as the Vikings set up a wall just inside the left sideline. It appeared obvious that the ball touched the defender when he was in the endzone.
So much depends on the development of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, as well as the relationship with the front office and the organization's commitment to winning, but Zimmer looks like a Purple People Eating dream.
"I'm just feeling more agile, more explosive, quicker, my vision, my whole vibe out there", Peterson said of his progression.
Fans on the field.