Oakland Raiders complete 2019 first quarter recap
By Kenny King
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings
The Raiders made the first stop on their long road away from home in Minnesota, which is part of a five-game road trip. In the game, which was the first early start for a west coast team, the Raiders seemed to be jet lagged. After two three-and-outs and an interception, the Raiders looked poised to get back into the game with a 7-play, 75 yard drive capped by a 29-yard flea flicker from Derek Carr to JJ Nelson.
Unfortunately, defensive breakdowns, a couple errant throws and a handful of drops paired with the inability to stop the run on defense and to establish the run game on offense led to a less than ideal situation for the Raiders. Raiders rookie running back, Josh Jacobs was battling an illness that caused him to lose 10 pounds that week according to his Instagram story and ultimately limited to 10 carries for 44 yards.
The Vikings tenured defense capitalized on the imbalanced attack and forced Carr to limit his throws to 5-10 yard throws which allowed tight end Darren Waller to capitalize. The Raiders put together an 8-play, 75 yard drive at the end of the 4th quarter, but by that time the game had already escaped the Raiders.