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Game Preview: Raiders at Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are back at U.S. Bank Stadium this week for the first visit to the venue by the Raiders.

And they're bringing friends in the form of more than 100 Vikings Legends who are planning to attend Sunday's noon (CT) kickoff.

The 1969 Vikings team that went 12-2 in the regular-season and recorded the first two postseason victories in franchise history will be honored in a ceremony at halftime. Members of that team are scheduled to participate in events beginning Friday in conjunction with Fantennial Weekend, a celebration of the NFL's 100th season.

Minnesota and Oakland prevailed at home in Week 1 against the Falcons and Broncos, respectively, and both fell in Week 2. The Vikings lost 21-16 to the Packers in Green Bay. The Raiders dropped a 28-10 decision at home against the Chiefs.

This will be Oakland's first road trip of 2019, first visit to Minnesota for a regular-season game since 2011 and final time of departing the Bay Area for the Land of 10,000 Lakes because the Raiders are scheduled to relocate to Las Vegas in 2020.

In addition to leading the NFL with 265 rushing yards and three scores on the ground, Dalvin Cook also has the longest rush in the NFL in 2019 after zipping for a 75-yard score at Green Bay.

The Vikings are tied with the Raiders for the most tackles for loss in the NFL this season with 14 apiece.


TV: FOX 9 KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Dick Stockton

Analyst: Mark Schlereth

Sideline Reporter: Jen Hale


RADIO: KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 10 a.m. (CT)

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.


Sirius: SIRI 108 or Streaming 824; MIN 146 or Streaming 819

XM: OAK Streaming 824; MIN 231 or Streaming 819


The Vikings have run for 370 rushing yards in the first two games of the season, which is tied for second in the NFL. That two-game total is the most by a Vikings team to open a season since 1966 when Minnesota rushed for 406 to open the sixth season in franchise history.


The Vikings are seeking their 500th victory (including regular-season and playoffs). Minnesota is a combined 499-427-11.

Dalvin Cook's 265 rushing yards are the fourth-most in the NFL in the first two weeks of a season since 2010.

Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph are tied with Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett and Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt for second in the NFL with four tackles for loss each.

Harrison Smith is the only player in the NFL with at least 15 tackles, a pass defended, a forced fumble and fumble recovery this season.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer is 12-8 against AFC teams and posted a 3-1 mark against the AFC West in 2015.

Kyle Rudolph needs five receptions to pass Sammy White (393) for seventh place on the Vikings career receptions list.


Raiders K Daniel Carlson was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft and appeared in two games for Minnesota.

Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock served as the Vikings preseason TV analyst from 2007-11.


Minnesota Head Coach Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator at Washington State while Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson was a graduate assistant in 1989.

Zimmer was defensive coordinator for the Bengals from 2008-13 when Raiders Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther was an assistant with Cincinnati.

Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards coached with Guenther at Washington from 2002-03.

Vikings tight ends coach Brian Pariani was a scout for the 49ers when Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden was an offensive assistant in 1990.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster for the 2019 season.


Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer (2008-13) and linebackers coach Adam Zimmer (2013) overlapped with part of Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict's time in Cincinnati (2012-18).

Vikings P Britton Colquitt (2016-18) and DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (2018) overlapped with Raiders QB DeShone Kizer (2017) and DB Juston Burris (2018) in Cleveland. Colquitt also teamed with G Jonathan Cooper on the 2016 Browns.

Minnesota K Dan Bailey (2011-17) teamed with Raiders WR/RS Dwayne Harris (2011-14), LB Kyle Wilber (2012-17), DE Benson Mayowa (2016-17) and Cooper (2016-17) in Dallas. Raiders Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia (2013-17) coached Bailey in Dallas.

Vikings C Brett Jones (2015-17) and DT Linval Joseph (2010-13) teamed with Raiders DT Johnathan Hankins (2013-16) for the Giants. Jones also teamed with Harris (2015-17) in New York.

Vikings G Dakota Dozier teamed with Burris at the Jets in 2018.

Odenigbo teamed with Raiders WR J.J. Nelson, QB Mike Glennon and Mayowa for the Cardinals in 2018.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (2012-17) overlapped with Raiders WR Ryan Grant (2014-17) and TE Derek Carrier (2015-16) in Washington.

Vikings QB Sean Mannion (2015-18) teamed with Raiders S Lamarcus Joyner (2014-18) and Carrier (2017) at the Rams.

Vikings G Josh Kline (2016-18) and Oakland S Curtis Riley (2016-17) were teammates in Tennessee.

Minnesota RB Ameer Abdullah (2015-18) and T Riley Reiff (2012-16) teamed with Oakland LB Tahir Whitehead (2012-17) in Detroit.


Vikings C Pat Elflein (2012-16) and DT Jalyn Holmes (2014-17) played at Ohio State with Raiders CB Gareon Conley (2013-16). Elflein also teamed with Oakland DT Johnathan Hankins (2012).

Minnesota CB Mackensie Alexander and S Jayron Kearse were teammates of Oakland DE Clelin Ferrell for one season and WR Hunter Renfrow for two seasons at Clemson.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph and Raiders WR/RS Dwayne Harris teamed at East Carolina from 2007-09.

Minnesota CB Xavier Rhodes teamed with Oakland C Rodney Hudson and S Lamarcus Joyner at Florida State.

Vikings LB Ben Gedeon and Raiders DT Maurice Hurst were teammates at Michigan State.

Minnesota TE Irv Smith, Jr., and Oakland RB Josh Jacobs starred together at Alabama from 2016-18.

Vikings CB Nate Meadors and LB Eric Kendricks teamed with Raiders OL Andre James and T Kolton Miller at UCLA. James and Miller played under Vikings running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu in 2016 when Polamalu was the Bruins offensive coordinator.

Vikings T Rashod Hill and Raiders RB Jalen Richard were teammates at Southern Miss for three seasons.

Minnesota WR Bisi Johnson and Oakland LS Trent Sieg played together for Colorado State.

View photos of games between the Raiders and Vikings from over the years.



Kirk Cousins: 1 game (1-0 with Washington), 25-of-30 passing, 83.3 completion percentage, 365 passing yards, 3 TDs, 150.7 passer rating

Kyle Rudolph: 2 games, 4 receptions, 14 yards, 1 TD


Everson Griffen: 2 games, 8 tackles, 1.0 sack, 15 PBU

Danielle Hunter: 1 game, 3 tackles, 1.0 sack

Linval Joseph: 2 games, 15 tackles, 1 FF (one game was with New York)


Kirk Cousins: 25-of-30 passing for 365 yards with 3 TDs for a 150.7 passer rating in 27-10 win on Sept. 24, 2017 (with WAS)

Kyle Rudolph: Recorded first career TD reception (1 yard) in Minnesota on Nov. 20, 2011, just 11 days after turning 22

Everson Griffen: 5 tackles, a sack and a PBU at Oakland on Nov. 15, 2015

Linval Joseph: 7 tackles and a forced fumble at Oakland on Nov. 15, 2015

Danielle Hunter: 3 tackles, including his third career sack, at Oakland on Nov. 15, 2015


1. The Raiders hold a 10-5 edge in 15 contests that include a victory in Super Bowl XI.

2. The series began in the 1973 season opener. Chuck Foreman scored his first career touchdown, catching a 9-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton to put the Vikings ahead.

3. Daunte Culpepper has the unique distinction of recording the most passing yards by a Vikings QB against the Raiders (396 on Nov. 16, 2003) and by a Raiders QB against the Vikings (344 on Nov. 18, 2007).

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 1 game (wins in 1973, 1987, 1996, 2007, 2015)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 5 games (Jan. 9, 1977 through Oct. 14, 1984)