GAME NOTES: Raiders Fall To Vikings 20-12

Carr Looks Deep For Cooper

  • In the first quarter, QB Derek Carrfound rookie WR Amari Cooperdeep down the right sideline for a 40-yard gain, a career preseason long for Carr, for the duo's fourth connection of the preseason.
  • Carrwas 2-for-2 for 52 yards on the 6-play, 75-yard touchdown drive (2:24), also hitting FB Marcel Reecefor 12 yards and a first down.
  • Carrfinished the game 4-for-8 for 78 yards, bringing his 2015 preseason total to 10-of-17 for 121 yards.
  • Cooperimproves his preseason total to four receptions for 66 yards (16.5 avg.).

"Tay Train" Gets Rolling

  • RB Latavius Murrayhad an impressive second drive, rushing three times for 17 yards including a 2-yard rushing touchdown, his second career preseason score and first of the year.
  • Murraytotaled 20 yards on four carries in the game (5.0 avg.), bringing his 2015 preseason total to 10 carries for 55 yards (5.5 avg.) with one touchdown.

Edwards Jr. and Heeney Force a Fumble

  • Rookie DE Mario Edwards Jr. and rookie LB Ben Heeney combined for a sack of Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke, forcing a fumble which was recovered by DE Shelby Harrisfor the Raiders' second takeaway of the game.
  • Heeneyled the team in tackling for the second straight game, posting seven tackles (three solo) with 0.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Heeney now has 15 tackles (nine), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble this preseason.
  • Fellow fifth-round pick LB Neiron Balladded four stops (three) with two quarterback hits.

Dowling Picks One Off

  • S Jonathan Dowlingtracked down a deep pass from Vikings QB Shaun Hill in the second quarter for his first NFL interception in either the regular season or preseason. It marks the Raiders' first interception of the 2015 preseason.

Roberts Breaks Out

  • WR Seth Robertsput his speed on display in the second quarter, catching a pass from QB Christian Ponderon a crossing pattern and racing up the sideline for a 39-yard gain. Roberts also had one rushing attempt for six yards, setting up Murray's 2-yard touchdown rush.

Dyer Leads Rushing Attack

  • RB Michael Dyerled the team in both carries and rushing yards with 12 attempts for 45 yards (3.8 avg.).
  • RB George Atkinson IIIshowed some speed with two rushes for 14 yards (7.0 avg.), and RB Taiwan Jonesadded a pair of productive runs for 12 yards (6.0 avg.), including a 10-yard long.

Butler Posts Team-High Three Receptions

  • WR Brice Butlerled the Raiders in receptions for the second straight game, posting three catches for 26 yards (8.7 avg.). His postseason total improves to nine receptions for 83 yards (9.2 avg.) with one touchdown.

Tavecchio 2-for-2

  • K Giorgio Tavecchiohandled most of the kicking duties in the game, going 2-for-2 on field goal attempts from 26 and 37 yards. Tavecchio is now 3-for-3 in the preseason.

Lightning Strikes Cause Delay

  • Action was suspended with 6:45 remaining in the second quarter due to lightning strikes in the proximity of TCF Bank Stadium. Play resumed following a 1-hour and 5-minute delay, and halftime was shortened as a result.

Game action photos of Raiders at Vikings during Preseason Week 2 August 22, 2015.

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