The Raiders offense came alive in a preseason win over the Vikings. The Raiders offense came alive in a preseason win over the Vikings.

 The Raiders offense came alive in a preseason win over the Vikings. The Raiders offense came alive in a preseason win over the Vikings.

The Raiders offense came alive in a preseason win over the Vikings. The Raiders offense came alive in a preseason win over the Vikings.

Josh McDaniels' new offense in the desert kept rolling Sunday afternoon.


In their first 2022 preseason game, the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 inside Allegiant Stadium. Many of the Raiders' new players had never been inside their new home stadium with a crowd surrounding them before Sunday's game. The energy of the building, including Coach McDaniels, overwhelmed the locker room consensus.


"I've seen a lot of preseason games in my 22 years, and I don't remember one feeling like this," McDaniels said after the game. "I'd just say that the response from our fans, getting to know Raider Nation the way you see them now, is just different." That is the best atmosphere I've ever witnessed at a preseason game. And it's obvious that this is easy to say.


"I can't wait to play again in here and then get to the regular season and have the chance to do it for real in regular games."


The Raiders' victory was fueled by their offense's success. The offense gained 300 yards total and had eight more minutes of possession than the Vikings.

Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens, who are competing for the backup quarterback job, both had strong performances for the team. Mullens completed nearly 80 percent of his passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, while Stidham finished with 68 passing yards and a rushing touchdown.


"I thought all of the quarterbacks performed admirably." "I really did," McDaniels said. "Jarrett led a couple scoring drives before Nick came in and did the same." I believe Jarrett has matured over time. One thing that keeps coming up that makes me happy is that there are no turnovers. Before we can win, we must first learn not to lose."


"All the quarterbacks went in there and generally took care of the ball and made good decisions," McDaniels continued. "Sometimes the best decisions are the ones that no one in the stadium can tell right away that they were good - throwing the ball away or sometimes taking a sack."

All of the quarterbacks, including UDFA Chase Garbers, have developed strong chemistry in the locker room. While there is healthy competition in the room, "we're all working hard to improve every day," according to Stidham.


With the Training Camp reps, their familiarity with the playbook is growing.


"I feel really good," Mullens said after the win. "Every day is a new day, and the most important thing is to learn as much as I can." I'll be fine if I learn and produce."

Brittain Brown, the Raiders' seventh-round pick, stood out among the rookies. He finished the game as the game's leading rusher, with 14 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown.


Despite the fact that it was a preseason game, scoring a touchdown in the NFL is something the rookie running back will always be proud of.


"It's incredible. "It's a dream come true," Brown said. "I've been wanting to do it for a long time." It was great to be in there with my teammates and celebrate in the end zone."


This week, the team will review a lot of film as it prepares to travel to South Florida to face the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

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