Vikings Top Raiders 30-14 For Fifth Straight Win
The Minnesota Vikings (7-2) beat the Oakland Raiders (4-5) 30-14 this afternoon in California for the team's fifth straight win. The Minnesota win, coupled with today's Green Bay Packers (6-3) 18-16 loss to the Detroit Lions (2-7), leaves the Vikings in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 203 yards, including a late 80 yard touchdown dash -- tying O.J. Simpson's NFL record of six 200+ yard rushing games. Peterson also leads the NFL in rushing this season with 961 yards through 9 games. AP has now rushed for 100+ yards in four straight games.
Vikings cornerback Terence Newman intercepted a pair of Derrick Carr passes -- the first 2-interception game by a Viking since 2011. Cordarrelle Patterson returned a second quarter kickoff 93 yards for a TD late in the first half.
Teddy Bridgewater made the start following last Sunday's concussion, completing 14 of 22 for 140 yards and a touchdown (would have been two TDs if not for Kyle Rudolph's wide-open drop in the end zone.) Teddy had no interceptions.
Not seen on TV or in the stats, Minnesota safety Antone Exum Jr. was credited for a nice tackle of a fan who ran onto the field in the fourth quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Green Bay Packers, losers of three in a row, next Sunday afternoon at 3:25 CT at TCF Bank Stadium.