Winning teams sometimes seem to be “as scarce as hens teeth.” Happily, two of the National Football League’s better teams will be squaring off against one another this Sunday.
It is on that day that the Minnesota Vikings, a squad that is tied for first place with the Green Bay Packers in the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) will visit the offensively-potent and rapidly-improving Oakland Raiders, a team that sits in second place in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC).
The visiting Vikings sport a commendable Won-Loss record of 6-2 while the Oakland Raiders can lay claim to a Won-Loss record of 4-4. But don’t be fooled by the home team’s seemingly mediocre Won-Loss record. The Raiders, under second year franchise quarterback Derek Carr, have been “lighting up the scoreboard” in recent games, producing lots of touchdowns and points with regularity.
In truth, Oakland has been red-hot offensively and Derek Carr’s passing accuracy is the primary reason for the team’s offensive output. The Raiders have lots of skilled players to catch the ball or run with it and a franchise quarterback who is playing in “lights out” fashion.
The visiting Vikings have weapons, as well. Second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been performing like a seasoned professional and handing off to Adrian Peterson who has been “running with the ball” effectively.
The game, which is scheduled to begin at 4 PM, eastern time, this Sunday, is important to both teams, perhaps more important to the Raiders, a squad that is currently in the Wild Card hunt. Oakland lost a tough road game on the final play this past Sunday. It is a game this team could have easily won.
The loss, however, showed what this young, developing squad is capable of – winning football. It seems obvious that the Raiders will be a hungry, determined bunch when they take the field, at home, several days from now. And while the visitors from Minnesota present a formidable challenge, the home team has a good chance of prevailing if it “plays to its collective skill level.”
There is no doubt, however, that the Vikings have the ability to “pull off an upset” against the rugged Raiders. Both teams are playing effectively and they each have talented rosters.
Oakland’s home field advantage and the fact that it needs this game more than the Vikings could lead the home team to an important home win.
Courtesy of Thevikingage.com