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The studs and duds for the Oakland Raiders against the Minnesota Vikings

Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 8, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 10-6.
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A lot was expected of the Oakland Raiders last Friday for week one of the 2014 preseason against the Minnesota Vikings, since the team made major changes in the offseason. The results were not very impressive, but, like most games, there are always studs and duds in every game whether it was a victory or not.

The Studs

Third-stringer quarterback Matt McGloin was one of the studs for the Raiders on Friday evening against the Vikings. He was the only quarterback to score a touchdown. In fact, he was the only one to get a touchdown. While not super impressive, McGloin had the most passing yard in the game, 94 yards with no interceptions.

Another stud was running back Latavius Murray on Friday night. Murray ran for 28 yards in seven carries. Of course, that is not much, but it was the most out of any Raiders’ running back. Murray also caught two passes for 13 yards. The reception stat is more impressive.

Running back Darren McFadden had a nice run of 23 yards, but it was his only run. This would still put him in the stud section since the Oakland Raiders were not very impressive against the Minnesota Vikings last Friday.

Oh yes, the Raiders’ defense deserves to be studs. Those guys got scored 10 points in the first quarter, but shut every down after that. The defense got sick sacks and a fumble. The Vikings were completely shut down and had not answers on how to get more points.

The Duds

Quarterback Matt Schaub was a dud on Friday night against the Vikings. Schaub was very bland and boring with the 7 attempts to throw for yards. On top of it all, being the starting quarterback, he was the least impressive with 21 yards total. If things persist the same for the rest of the preseason, Schaub could lose his starting position.

The whole offense for the Raiders was pretty much a dud. The offense only managed to score one touchdown, via McGloin who rushed for the touchdown instead of being a passing touchdown. The two-point conversion was a fail as well. Stats indicate that the Raiders were better than the Vikings, but, in the end, the Raiders could not score! That is a huge dud.

The Final Score

The final score between the Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings was 10-6. It was a low-scoring game, and it was a very bad performance by both offenses. It was only the first preseason game so it is not time to panic yet. Knowing that it was the first preseason game is the only good thing that is riding for the Oakland Raiders after Friday night. Hopefully, things will look more promising in the next game against the Detroit Lions. Until the next game, just win baby!