Dalvin Cook

Raiders report card: Grades on offense, defense in 34-14 loss to Vikings

Raiders report card: Grades on offense, defense in 34-14 loss to Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS – Positives for the Raiders were tough to spot after the Vikings dismantled Oakland 34-14 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Jon Gruden's squad was down three scores after three Vikings series, and results barely got better from there. The Raiders struggled in all three phases of the game, exposing some real weaknesses and showing they aren’t currently on par with an upper-echelon NFL team.

This loss wasn’t due to poor preparation or a litany of major mistakes. The Raiders just got beat -- they were out-executed by a superior team.

Let’s take a look at the Raiders report card from this loss to the Vikings:

Rushing offense

It’s tough to run a ton when you’re down so big so fast. Josh Jacobs only had 10 carries in this one, without much production beyond an 18-yard run. The offensive line had a rough time against Minnesota’s defensive front, with few clean holes to work through.

The Silver and Black had 88 yards on 20 carries, but the backs couldn’t make a significant contribution in this game. Jacobs needed to be a real factor to win this contest, and a negative game script took him out of it.

Grade: C

Passing offense

Derek Carr’s passing line isn’t half bad. He completed 27 of 34 passes for 242, two touchdowns, a pick and a 103.7 passer rating. That doesn’t look bad, but it also doesn’t reflect the passing game’s struggles. They weren’t able to work the ball downfield, with most of Carr’s passes thrown five yards or fewer in the air.

Tyrell Williams wasn’t a real factor. Darren Waller played well as the primary target, but the Raiders couldn’t protect Carr well – Kolton Miller had a rough game – and couldn’t generate the explosive plays required to make a comeback attempt.

Grade: D

Rushing defense

The Raiders' run defense walked into Sunday’s game with heads held high. They left with tails between their legs after Dalvin Cook ran wild for 110 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries. The Vikings churned out 211 yards on 38 carries, and never even passed in the fourth quarter. That’s how dominant the run game was throughout this game, which leaves the defensive front to do some soul searching heading into Week 4.

Grade: F

Passing defense

Kirk Cousins didn’t have to do much to win this game, with Cook running strong and the Raiders unable to score points. The pass rush was non-existent, with Cousins hit just three times and never sacked. Adam Thielen had 55 yards and a touchdown, making safety Curtis Riley look bad on one big play. Free safety is a real issue for this team, and it might require a personnel change.

Grade: C-minus

[RELATED: Raiders defense preaches accountability after ugly loss

Special teams

The Raiders never started a drive beyond their own 25-yard line, and lost the battle for field position. Former Viking Daniel Carlson was booed relentlessly in his first trip back to Minnesota, and it seemed to rattle him on a 51-yard attempt that hit the upright. Dwayne Harris is sorely missed in the kicking game.

Grade: D-minus


The Raiders just got beat, plain and simple. It was tough to excuse, showing real weaknesses that may crop up against quality competition down the line. There’s plenty to fix but it has to happen fast. A prolonged losing streak could send the season down the drain shortly after it started.

Grade: F

Raiders-Vikings odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 3 game

Raiders-Vikings odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 3 game

For a team moving its operations to Nevada in the next few years, the oddsmakers are not exactly kind to the Las Vegas Oakland Raiders.

The spread in Sunday’s game is the third-largest around the league, as people seem to expect the Minnesota Vikings to roll Jon Gruden and the Raiders in Week 3.

[RELATED: Five Raiders to watch in Week 3: All eyes on Josh Jacobs vs. Vikings]


Caesars: MIN -8.5 (-110)
Consensus: MIN -8.5 (-111)
Westgate: MIN -8.5 (-110)
Wynn: MIN -8.5 (-110)

Here’s how NFL writers around the country see the matchup shaking out:

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Raiders 23, Vikings 21
Courtney Cronin, ESPN: Vikings 28, Raiders 17
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Vikings 24, Raiders 17
Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk: Vikings 24, Raiders 17
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk: Vikings 27, Raiders 17
Tadd Haislop, SportingNews: Vikings 24, Raiders 17

Source: 49ers visit with Florida State running back

Source: 49ers visit with Florida State running back

The 49ers are scheduled to visit Wednesday in Santa Clara with Florida State dual-threat running back Dalvin Cook, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Cook rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his three college seasons. Cook rushed for 1,691 and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore. He followed that up with 1,765 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns as a junior before declaring for the draft.

Cook was also a highly productive pass-catcher out of the backfield. He had 33 receptions for 488 yards in his final college season.

At the NFL scouting combine, Cook measured 5 foot 10 3/8, 210 pounds. His official time in the 40-yard dash was 4.49 seconds.

Leonard Fournette of LSU is widely regarded as the top running back available in the upcoming draft. Cooks and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford are also considered legitimate first-round selections.