It took the Minnesota Vikings more than 58 minutes to get on the board on Sunday afternoon against the Las Vegas Raiders. . .but, because the Raiders couldn’t manage to get on the board at all, the result was an ugly victory for Kevin O’Connell’s squad.
In a game that threatened an 80-year-old NFL record, the Vikings did just enough to get the job done on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, as Greg Joseph’s 36-yard field goal was ultimately the difference in a 3-0 victory in Week 14.
There wasn’t a lot of action early on in this one, as the first quarter was scoreless without a lot of offense being generated by either side. The Vikings had an opportunity to get on the board just after the midway point of the second quarter, but Greg Joseph’s 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide to the right to keep the game scoreless.
There wasn’t a whole lot of action after the missed field goal, either, as the Vikings and Raiders went into the locker room at halftime tied at 0-0. The two teams combined for seven sacks in the first half and pretty much no offense.
The Raiders had the first potential scoring opportunity of the second half as they got into the red zone, but then Hunter Renfrow got hit by Josh Metellus and fumbled the ball away with Mekhi Blackmon recovering for the game’s first turnover to keep things scoreless.
Then, the game was scoreless through three quarters, becoming the first NFL game to achieve that status since 2017. The Vikings needed a spark, and with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Kevin O’Connell pulled Josh Dobbs at quarterback and replaced him with the former Raider, Nick Mullens. The two teams exchanged punts again after Mullens entered the game, but then Mullens got the Vikings into field goal range at the two-minute warning. Greg Joseph came in for a 36-yard field goal attempt, and he split the uprights to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead.
The Raiders got the ball back with an opportunity to try to tie the game, but rookie Ivan Pace Jr. put a stop to that with his first NFL interception on the first play of the Raiders drive to give the Vikings the ball back.
The Vikings ran the ball into the line a few times and had Joseph pooch punt one away to pin the Raiders back. That was all the Vikings needed, as they moved to 7-6 with a Saturday afternoon date with the Cincinnati Bengals coming in Week 15. Now, the focus will shift to who the Vikings will start at quarterback in that game given what we saw this afternoon.
The Minnesota Vikings win ugly yet again, but win they do as they defeat the Las Vegas Raiders by a final score of 3-0 at Allegiant Stadium. Thank you to everyone who got their coverage of this week’s game here at The Daily Norseman!