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Vikings vs Raiders - GMG In The Raw! - Ep 063

Good Morning Gjallarhorn In The Raw!, a post-game reaction to the Vikings defeat of the Raiders.

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Vikings versus the Raiders… Good morning Horners! GMG is back with another “In The Raw!” immediate post-game reaction show. Dave is done with all his moves and ready to talk football with Ted and Drew after that wonderful and expected victory at US Bank Stadium yesterday. Your Minnesota Vikings played a very efficient game soundly defeating the Oakland Raiders 34-14 to now go 2-1.

Sackles, sackles, sackles,… We love us some sackles. Sackles for the uninitiated is the when a Vikings player gets a sack [and Dave has been consuming adult beverages]. The team amassed 4 yesterday with Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter each getting one, along with Eric Wilson [in for and injured Anthony Barr] amassing 2. There were plenty of more pressures on Derek Carr which is the goal on this Sunday, but the sackles are the cherry on top, and we love cherries.

Does Dalvin Cook look absolutely remarkable or what?! Cooker has to be one of the best, if not the best running backs in the league. Coach Rick Dennison has coordinated on heck of a running game and Cook is the main beneficiary, but he isn’t the only one as we have seen with Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone [in garbage time] reaping the benefits of gaudy yards per carry numbers. We should all find out next week in Chicago versus the Bears defense if this is for real. We all sure hope so. The O-line has been good at run blocking and making it happen, but next Sunday should be their toughest test yet.

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings
Coach Rick Dennison has Dalvin Cook and the whole run game on fire. Great design and run blocking has led to awesome yards per carry averages and a ton of yards so far in the 2019 campaign.
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The defense started out on fire! The dragon may of not due to the No Fun League’s moratorium on pyrotechnics, but the D sure did. We love seeing an opening 3 and out. Harrison Smith got yet another interception and turnovers like that definitely give the team an advantage.

Passing was efficient with Kirk Cousins making most of the throws he should have this week. It was great to see Irv Smith Jr get big chunk yard receptions. Even Kyle Rudolph got involved. The WR3, Chad Beebe, who affectionately is called “Faberge Egg” by Ted Glover was almost non existent and went out with an injury. Hmm… I wonder if Ted nailed his nickname? Overall, the passing was good. That Cousins to Adam Thielen pass was perfect for the score. One question though, should we as fans be concerned about the lack of throws to Stefon Diggs? You tell us.

Enjoy your victory week! SKOL!

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