The Oakland Raiders make their trip across two time zones a successful one, by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 27-21.
With this victory, the Raiders are 4-1 away from the Black Hole (6-4 overall), thanks in part to another solid performance from quarterback Carson Palmer, and running back Michael Bush.
Palmer had an efficient outing, throwing 17-of-23 for 164 yards, along with two touchdowns (one rushing). Bush rushed for 109 yards, and touchdown score as well.
After falling behind 7-0, the Raiders scored 27 unanswered points to take control of the ball game. An injury to Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson helped the defense out, while a couple of Vikings turnovers gave the Raiders a short field to work with early in the ball game.
However, with everything that goes good for Oakland, there’s always something bad that’s sure to follow. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffers a head injury, Bush loses a fumble, and the Vikings scored 14 unanswered points. And yes, all of these disastrous events just happened to take place in the fourth quarter.
But now, “The Hue Jackson’s Raiders”, are learning how to adopt the legendary motto (“Just Win Baby”) of their late, legendary owner, Al Davis. They found a way to hold on, and get the job done on the road against a talented, but sliding team.
Resiliency is the word that comes to mind when I think of this current version of the “Silver and Black.” As they learn how to win, they must also learn how to finish a team off when they have them down, especially when you have a 20-point lead against them. That’s the difference between a contender and a pretender.
They’re moving in the right direction, but everyone, including Raider Nation, realizes that they got a long way to go.
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Written by Arthur Kai