Bailey and Colquitt
Are you impressed with perfection? Then this is your answer because Dan Bailey made all four of his extra points and was two-for-two on field goals, hitting from 50 and 24 yards. Bailey also blasted seven touchbacks on the afternoon. Punter Britton Colquitt executed well as Bailey's holder and then averaged a net of 47.5 yards on two punts, downing one inside the Oakland 20.
No Anthony Barr? No problem against the Raiders. The Vikings are anxious to have Barr back in the lineup but they are also in good shape with Eric Wilson waiting in the wings. Wilson led the team in tackles with 11 and also registered 2.0 sacks.
Irv Smith, Jr.
Sunday was the best game of rookie Irv Smith, Jr.'s career, as he hauled in three receptions for 60 yards. His first catch came on the Vikings first series, as he hauled in a 20-yarder to put the Vikings on the Oakland 35; Kirk Cousins found Adam Thielen for a touchdown on the next play. Smith's second grab was good for 26 yards and helped set up Alexander Mattison's rushing touchdown four players later. And finally, Smith's third catch was good for 26 yards to the Oakland 35 on a drive that ended in a 50-yard field goal by Bailey.
The Minnesota Moving Company flat-out moved people on Sunday. They paved the way for a rushing attack that toted the ball 38 times and generated 211 yards and three touchdowns. Cousins was kept clean all afternoon, too, as the Raiders failed to record a sack and registered only three quarterback hits on 21 dropbacks.