Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings - 8/8/14
Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1) Vs. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
NFL Football: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -3 -- Over/Under: 35 See the Latest Odds
TV: NFL HD
The Oakland Raiders head to Minnesota on Friday to face off against the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings played the quarterback carousel game last season, and as you can expect, things did not go well. The Vikings hope to rectify that this season as Minnesota drafted Teddy Bridgewater in the draft, and reports out of camp are that Norv Turner loves him. Bridgewater has reportedly established a strong connection with TE Kyle Rudolph, and with tight ends being a huge part of a Turner offense, this is some positive news for the Vikings. Matt Cassell is still penciled in as the starter in Minnesota, but if Bridgewater has a solid preseason campaign, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the nod opening day, as the Vikings don’t have any big expectations this season anyway. Peterson is likely to sit out the entire game, and likely the entire preseason, so look for Asiata to get a ton of work here out of the backfield.
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The Oakland Raiders, also did some shuffling around at the quarterback position last season, including starting Terrelle Pryor for a few games…yeah it was that bad in Oakland. This season the Raiders have an experienced NFL starter under center in Matt Schaub, who the Raiders acquired from the Texans. Schaub isn’t quite Peyton Manning, but still he is much better than anyone the Raiders had running out there last season. The Raiders also feel that Schaub may not be the long term solution for them, and in that, the Raiders drafted Carr out of Fresno in the draft. Look for Carr to see some decent playing time here as the Raiders are in no rush to start him, and would like to get a good look at what they’ve got. The Raiders also acquired MJD from the Jags this past offseason, and he looks to get a fresh start on his career, sharing time in the backfield with McFadden.
Preseason games are always tough to call, but this one is a complete coin-flip. I’ll go ahead and take the points with the Raiders here, as Peterson won’t play at all, and look for the Raiders starting unit to have some advantage because of that. I don’t know who will win, but getting three points against the Vikings is hard to pass up.