Las Vegas, Nevada – The Vikings travel to Sin City to battle the Raiders on their turf.
After coming out victorious against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the annual Hall of Fame game to kick off the preseason, the Raiders had to wait a week and a half to play their second preseason contest. This time, instead of traveling, the Raiders stayed home as the Minnesota Vikings visited Allegiant stadium.
Coming into the matchup, it was announced Thayer Munford would start at right tackle. This was a big deal for the 22-year-old, as it was Munford’s first opportunity to present his case for the right tackle job.
If you’re part of the group that’s been screaming for the former Buckeyes tackle to get a chance on the field, you got your wish on Sunday.
It’s important to understand Alex Leatherwood wasn’t being benched for bad play, but rather the Raiders wanted to see more of their seventh-round tackle in action. Be that as it may, Munford looked calm and collective through most of the first half, showing why he should be in the conversation.
To fill Brandon Parker’s [preseason] spot at left tackle, the team elected to go with Jermaine Eluemunor. Given that Eluemunor has played extensively at right tackle in camp, and now was given the nod to start on the left side, it seems the most probable that this is who the Raiders’ have chosen to take over Brandon Parker’s role as a swing tackle. Simpson, James, and Cotton made up the rest of the line.
Now that we’re up-to-date with who was out there for the Raiders, let’s get into the game itself