The home team got the ball first in this one as the Vikings won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The Vikings’ pass rush had difficulty getting to rookie Aidan O’Connell early on, allowing the Raiders to move into Minnesota territory. But a holding penalty and a sack by Troy Dye caused the drive to stall and the Raiders had to punt it away. The Raiders had the ball for half of the first quarter but wound up with nothing.
Joshua Dobbs led the Minnesota offense onto the field without Justin Jefferson, who sat out the first play from scrimmage. After a near-pick from Dobbs on his first pass, he was sacked by about half the Raiders’ defense and the Vikings punted it away for a three-and-out. This Raiders’ drive was stalled by an intentional grounding penalty on O’Connell and they punted it away again with the Vikings starting deep in their own territory.
As we move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at a 1st-and-10 from their own 43-yard line.
We’ve made it through the first quarter in Vegas, and the Vikings and Raiders are knotted at 0-0. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!