Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday morning as the Raiders travel to Minnesota to play the first of five straight games away from the Coliseum.
GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (1-1) at Minnesota (1-1) on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT)
TV: FOX-TV, Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (analyst), Jennifer Hale (reporter).
ODDS: Vikings -9 (opened at Vikings -7.5). OVER/UNDER: 43.5 (opened at 43).
SERIES: Raiders lead overall 10-5. LAST MEETING: Vikings won 30-14 in Oakland on Nov. 15, 2015.
WHY RAIDERS COULD WIN: Having guard Richie Incognito back gives the Raiders a better chance of holding off the Vikings’ ferocious front seven in order to give Derek Carr time to find receivers. Provided nagging injuries don’t slow them down, receivers J.J. Nelson and Tyrell Williams could play big roles. In addition, if Raiders continue their strong run defense and can slow down Dalvin Cook, it gives them a better chance to make quarterback Kirk Cousins uncomfortable.
WHY VIKINGS COULD WIN: Minnesota’s defensive line is adept at pressuring quarterbacks and Carr doesn’t operate at his best when harried in the pocket. The Vikings’ chances get better if linebacker Anthony Barr (groin) is able to play. Cousins is coming off a rough game against the Packers and is vowing to avenge himself. Unless the Raiders can find an effective pass rush this week and they get improved play in the defensive backfield, Cousins’ shot at redemption will be much easier.