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11:05 PM - A late interception by CB Josh Thomas wrapped up the win for the Vikings who moved to 3-0 on the preseason. Stay with vikings.com for complete postgame coverage.
10:20 PM -The Raiders tacked on a FG to get to within 1 at 13-12. But Marcus Sherels, Brian Peters and Blake Renaud quickly responded.
Sherels returned the kickoff following the Raiders FG 49 yards. The offense couldn't muster much, but Jeff Locke pinned the Raiders inside their 20 on the punt. A few moments later, LB Brian Peters grabbed an INT and returned it inside the Raiders 5. Three plays later, FB Blake Renaud plunged in from a yard out to add 6 more points to the Vikings total.
A holding penalty on Babatunde Aiyegbusi during the Vikings PAT backed Walsh and Co. up 10 yards, making it a 43-yard attempt. Walsh nailed that, though, and made the score 20-12 in favor of the Vikings with 2:42 to play in the 3rd quarter.
10:10 PM - View the following highlights and photos from an eventful late second quarter / early third quarter:
View a photo sequence of Teddy Bridgewater's touchdown pass to Charles Johnson.
9:58 PM -The Vikings defensive line has been dominant all of camp and the preseason. And they just were on 4th down against the Raiders.
Facing a 4th and 3 from the Minnesota 35, the Raiders elected to go for it. Christian Ponder dropped back to pass, found no one open, and a fraction of a second's worth of hesitation from Ponder allowed the Vikings defensive line to collapse onto him.
Ponder was sacked, with DE Justin Trattou bringing the QB down but DT Tom Johnson also in on the play. Moments earlier, Trattou shed a cut block and leaped to nearly intercept Ponder; the pass fell incomplete.
Half way through the 3rd quarter, the Vikings lead 13-9 and they have the ball.
9:40 PM -After a weather delay that lasted nearly an hour, the Vikings and Raiders resumed play with 6:45 to play in the 1st half.
The Raiders tacked on a FG to take a 9-6 lead, then Shaun Hill led the Vikings on a drive down the field, converting several 3rd downs, to get into striking distance. With 8 seconds to play and with a 1st and goal from inside the 5, Hill threaded the needle to TE Chase Ford, who absorbed a monstrous (and illegal) hit but held onto the ball for the TD.
Blair Walsh came on to split the uprights on the PAT, and the Vikings took a 13-9 lead into halftime.
Speaking of halftime, it wasn't a normal halftime. Because of the weather delay, halftime was shortened to a two-minute break where the teams stayed out on the field. The Vikings kicked off to open the 2nd half.
8:47 PM - Still about 20 minutes away at best from getting the game back going, but in the meantime, watch Teddy Bridgewater's TD pass to Charles Johnson.
8:02 PM -Teddy's night is done, and Shaun Hill's has just begun.
Bridgewater leaves the game after going 10 of 14 for 89 yards with 1 TD and 0 INTs. In three preseason games, Bridgewater is 22 of 28 for 219 yards with 1 TD, 0 INTs and a passer rating of 111.1.
Hill's first series was a quick one and resulted in a Jeff Locke punt. The punt was downed inside the 20, giving Locke 8 punts down inside the 20 this preseason.
7:51 PM -Touchdown Teddy.
The Vikings offense showed its teeth, driving 60 yards in 8 plays to tie the game at 6 on a beautifully thrown scoring toss from Teddy Bridgewater to WR Charles Johnson.
Blair Walsh missed another kick – this one a 33-yard PAT. That leaves the game tied at 6 and Vikings fans scratching their heads.
7:38 PM -And the Raiders are on the board.
After a missed FG by Blair Walsh, the Raiders moved swiftly down the field and scored on a short TD run by Latavius Murray. Oakland tried a two-point conversion but failed, keeping the score 6-0 in favor of the visitors.
The key play on the drive was a beautiful pass from second-year QB Derek Carr to rookie WR Amari Cooper, which netted 40 yards after a challenge by the Vikings failed. The TD run came two plays later.
7:31 PM -And the Vikings are……not on the board?
No, they aren't. Blair Walsh missed a 35-yard FG, a perplexing miscue from a typically accurate kicker.
The missed FG spoiled outstanding field position. Thanks to Jeff Locke's outstanding punt, which was downed by Marcus Sherels on the Oakland 2, the Vikings offense started their second series with great field position (Oakland 39) following a quick three-and-out forced by the defense.
But the Vikings couldn't cash in and now the Raiders have the ball.
7:18 PM -The Vikings got into Raiders territory on their opening drive, using a couple Charles Johnson receptions and an illegal contact penalty on CB DJ Hayden to do so. But the series, which included rare drops by both TE Kyle Rudolph and WR Mike Wallace, eventually stalled and Jeff Locke came on to punt.
Locke's punt was a beauty and Marcus Sherels was there for the payoff, downing the football on the Oakland 2.
No score in the game with Oakland's first team offense on deck.
6:51 - The game is scheduled to kickoff on time just after 7 PM. Check out a handful of pregame images via this gallery:
View pregame behind the scenes images prior to Saturday's game against the Raiders.
6:24 PM -A few things to keep an eye on tonight…
-- Rookie RT TJ Clemmings will make his first start and will see more extensive action with the first team offense. He did step in for Phil Loadholt right away last week and played 32 snaps, but there's something to be said for the mindset being different when you've prepared all week to start a game. It will be interesting to see how the rookie performs right out of the gates tonight.
-- Captain Munnerlyn may see extensive action tonight, particularly in nickel and other sub packages. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said earlier in the week that rookie CB Trae Waynes will not play nickel tonight, so it's fair to wonder if that means Munnerlyn will get extra run.
-- Speaking of seeing more playing time, maybe that is what's in store for rookie LB Eric Kendricks, too. He's been solid in camp and had some good moments last week playing Mike LB. He didn't enter the game on defense until the 3rd quarter last week but it wouldn't be a shock to see him enter the game earlier tonight.
-- Vikings LT Matt Kalil and his bookend – Clemmings – will see a quality test tonight going against Khalil Mack and Justin Tuck. Both defenders are adept pass rushers – Mack because of his athleticism and Tuck because of his veteran savvy.
-- After Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon, the race for roster spots at RB is an interesting one and tonight will just be the latest chapter in the story. Does Matt Asiata take reps after McKinnon? And who is after that? And which RBs play the most on special teams?
6:00 PM - When the game does begin, the following players won't dress for the Vikings tonight: S Antone Exum, OT Carter Bykowski, C John Sullivan, TE MyCole Pruitt, and NT Shamar Stephen.
5:50 PM - As expected there is lightning in the area so at this point fans are in the concourse and team personnel are in the locker rooms. Follow the Vikings on Twitter (@Vikings) for the latest updates.
5: 16 PM -Those of you watching tonight's game on TV will see plenty of familiar faces on the Raiders side of the field (or in their coaching booth). From the head coach – former Vikings LB Jack Del Rio – to a couple of offensive linemen, the list of former Vikings now wearing the Silver and Black is worthy of review.
Here it is…
Head Coach Jack Del Rio – Played for the Vikings from 1992-95.
Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave – Same position for the Vikings from 2011-13.
Offensive Line Coach Mike Tice – Played for the Vikings from 1992-93 and in 1995, was the Vikings TEs coach in 1996, the OL coach from 1997-2001, interim head coach at the end of 2001 and head coach from 2002-05.
QBs Coach Todd Downing – Native of Eden Prairie, MN and began NFL career as an intern and coaching assistant under Tice from 2001-02 and then as a football systems analyst from 2003-04 before being named offensive quality control coach in 2005.
QB Christian Ponder – 1st-round draft pick in 2011 and played in 36 games in four seasons.
OL J'Marcus Webb – Played for the Vikings from 2013-14.
OL Donald Penn – Member of Vikings practice squad in 2006.
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