The Las Vegas Raiders played their second preseason game of the year against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. While the preseason wins don’t count, it feels good to see the Silver and black win a few before the real season starts.
There were a few things that stood out against Jacksonville that we talked about. The running back room looked good, Stidham seemed to know the offense well, and the offensive line looked bad, were the three takeaways from the Hall of Fame game.
On Sunday, there were three more things fans should have taken away from the 26-20 win over the Vikings.
Raiders three take always after preseason win over Vikings
1. Offensive line was still bad
The offensive line was horrible against the Jaguars in the Hall of Fame game. Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, it wasn’t much better. The offensive line allowed four sacks for 21 yards and seven quarterback hits on Sunday against a not-so-great Vikings defensive line.
Something has to change. I get it’s the preseason and they are trying some things out, but it’s not a good look. This team will not win a Super Bowl with an offensive line as bad as this one.
2. Nick Mullens had a near perfect passer rating
We know about Derek Carr and his consistency. We know about Jarrett Stidham and how well he knows the offense. But Nick Mullens balled out against the Vikings on Sunday.
Mullens finished the game very close to a perfect passer rating, which is 158.3. His 147 was the highest of all the quarterbacks who played Sunday. Mullens certainly looks like he is also getting comfortable in the offense. While you would think it doesn’t matter a whole lot, the Raiders have an amazing quarterback room. And it does matter.
You want to have as many good quarterbacks as possible, and you want to have quarterbacks who can play if someone is hurt. Having two after Carr is good. Just ask Denver if they wished they had another available quarterback against the Saints instead of wide receiver Kendall Hinton.
3. The defensive front wasn’t great
The defensive front wasn’t great in any facet, really. The pass rush was not good, as the Raiders only registered two sacks in the game and came up with only four quarterback hits.
The run defense was also not great. It doesn’t take a scientist to see how bad they were. In 22 rushing attempts by the Vikings, the Raiders allowed 115 yards, which is 5.2 yards per carry. That’s something else that will need to be better come time for the real games.
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