Oakland, CA – Two interceptions can be costly but when the second one is thrown close to the two minute mark, it’s a clear indication that the game is over. The Raiders were down by nine points, Derek Carr saw a receiver in the end zone but Terence Newman out jumped Andre Holmes for the interception. That sealed the Vikings 30-14 victory over Oakland.
On the next play, Adrian Peterson rushed for an 80-yard touchdown, tying his sixth 200-yard rushing game. The Raiders suffered their second straight loss and fell back to under .500. Reaching the playoffs is still attainable but the loss today is a setback. Carr threw two interceptions for the first time in one game while Oakland came out flat from the start.
“We didn’t get off to a good start,” said Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio. “We just didn’t get it done today. We lost the turnover battle and that’s always number one for us. Stopping Peterson we didn’t get that done defensively. We didn’t protect the quarterback and we didn’t protect the ball.”
The Raiders made it tough for Teddy Bridgewater and his offense on opening drive. But on third down things turned in Minnesota’s favor against a smothering Oakland defense. DJ Hayden collected two flags on one play. He was called for holding and pass interference at the same time.
From that point, the Vikings moved their offense with ease into the red zone setting up Bridgewater’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison.
Hayden was ruled questionable for a return after injuring his ankle on opening drive. Newman was Carr’s worst nightmare, he intercepted both of his passes. The first was intended for Amari Cooper late in the first.
“The guy made a great play,” Carr said when asked about his two picks. “Again 23 made a great play, he really did. They did a good job of changing up some looks on us. Trying to take away the big-play opportunities, trying to play it safe. Make us go down the field.”
Blair Walsh kicked three field goals, the first was for 20-yards making it a 10-0 game late in the first. By the second, Carr threw two touchdown passes and gave the Raiders the lead. He connected with Clive Walford for an 10-yard touchdown pass in the end zone making it a 13-7 game late in the quarter. Carr then threw a tear drop pass for 38 yards to Cooper getting the first down they desperately needed.
His next outstanding pass found Holmes in the end zone for the 34-yard touchdown pass giving Oakland a 14-13 lead for the first time today. But that lead didn’t last long, Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for a 93-yard touchdown return with 1:39 seconds left in the second making it a 20-14 game. Minnesota had a chance to score again but Walsh’s 53-yard field goal was no good to end the half.
“We lost a game. We’re not about to go crazy,” said left tackle Donald Penn. “There’s no panic at all, none of that at all. We’re positive and upbeat. We’re a little sad because we know we left a lot out on the field today.”
No one scored in the third quarter. The Vikings held the Raiders offense in check for the remainder of the game. The fourth quarter has always been the chillies heel for Oakland yet they were always able to escape without too much damage.
Today it caught up with them. The Raiders were shutout the entire second half and failed defensively in making stops when needed.
Peterson rushed for an 80-yard touchdown in the final minutes of the game. He ended his day with 203 yards rushing. After being out all last season, Peterson has four straight games with at least 100 yards and leads the NFL with 961 yards on the ground this season.
“He’s a great player,” defensive end Khalil Mack said of Peterson. “And he made plays today to win the game. You can’t give up those longs runs, and he got a lot of them.”
“We’ve got to go out and win games,” safety Charles Woodson said. “In order for us to get where we want to go at the end of the season, we’ve got to win these games.”