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Minnesota Vikings beat Oakland Raiders

By Vikings Football fan | Posted Tuesday, November 20

The Minnesota Vikings beat the Oakland Raiders 29-22 at the Metrodome on Sunday in front of 62,960 fans. The game was a nail biter between two ailing NFL teams.  My favorite play of the game came in the opening drive when Chester Taylor took the handoff and headed left. But he flipped the ball to rookie receiver Sidney Rice, who was headed to the right. Rice heaved a 60-yard pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. By the time he was dragged down, Shiancoe had a 79-yard reception, the longest in team history by a tight end, and Taylor ran it in for a touchdown from 10 yards out on the next play.  It was a great way to start a Minnesota Vikings game.

With Vikings rookie Adrian Peterson sidelined, veteran running back Chester Taylor paced the Vikings' run offense with 164 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson generated a season-high 171 yards passing against a Raiders pass defense that entered the game ranked fourth in the NFL. Raiders quarterback, former Vikings quarterback, Daunte Culpepper completed 23 of 39 passes for 344 yards.