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Vikings Clamp Down on Raiders 30-14

View game action images from Sunday as the Vikings took on the Raiders.

Teddy Bridgewater returned to action with a touchdown drive on the Vikings first possession, and Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff for a touchdown to help Minnesota defeat Oakland 30-14 and move into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

Terence Newman intercepted Derek Carr in the end zone just before the two-minute warning, and Adrian Peterson rushed for an 80-yard touchdown on the following snap to seal the victory and move the Vikings to 7-2, equaling their win total from 2014.

Bridgewater bounced back from a concussion he suffered the previous week and led the Vikings 80 yards in eight plays that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison, who caught the ball shy of the goal line, but powered through a tackle.

Blair Walsh added field goals of 20 and 38 in the first half as the Vikings built a 13-0 lead. The Raiders, however, answered with TDs on consecutive possessions. Carr hit Clive Walford for a 10-yard score and followed with a 34-yard heave to Andre Holmes for a one-point lead.

Patterson responded quickly with a 93-yard return of a kickoff for a touchdown (the third of his career and his first since 2013) to take a 20-14 lead. The Vikings tried to add to that, but Walsh missed from 53 on the final play of the first half, ending a streak of 17 consecutive field goals.

After a 39-yard field goal was blocked, Walsh made a 34-yarder to give the Vikings a two-score margin (23-14).

Newman and Peterson did the rest for the Vikings, who closed their season slate against AFC West opponents 3-1.

Newman, who suffered a concussion the previous week, also intercepted Carr in the first quarter. They were the 38th and 39th picks of Newman's career, which is third-most among active players.

Peterson finished with 203 rushing yards on 26 carries. It was the sixth game of Peterson's career in which he's rushed for more than 200 yards.

The Vikings will host the Packers (6-3) at 3:25 p.m. on Nov. 22.

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