MINNEAPOLIS - Matt Cassel led a crisp touchdown drive with Minnesota's first team offense, and the Vikings broke in their temporary new home stadium by beating the Oakland Raiders 10-6 in the exhibition opener on Friday night.
Cassel finished 5 of 6 for 62 yards. The Vikings lone touchdown was scored on a 1-yard plunge by Matt Asiata moments after Cassel found Kyle Rudolph for a 22-yard reception.
Teddy Bridgewater relieved Cassel at quarterback after two series, and the rookie's first name was rhythmically chanted during his first two snaps by a crowd eager to see the first-round draft pick in action. Playing into the third quarter, Bridgewater's debut was mixed at best: 6 for 13 for 49 yards, two sacks and one fumble the Vikings recovered.
Matt Schaub's first time in silver and black wasn't exactly smooth, either. The latest attempt by the Raiders to stop the quarterback carousel from spinning, Schaub finished 3 for 7 for 21 yards.
Christian Ponder entered the game in the third quarter. He finished the game 3 for 7 with 39 yards passing. He nearly threw an interception that would had been a pick six if it wasn't dropped by the defender.
Overall coach Mike Zimmer was happy to see the team win and he was pleased with the fans enthusiasm, but he said there's more work to be done.
"There was a lot of mistakes, a lot of things we can get corrected, but I do like how this team works. I like how they concentrate," Zimmer said.
It may have been preseason, but late in the game, Vikings' reserves allowed the Raiders to get back in the game. A late touchdown set up a hail mary pass that was successfully batted down.
"We have to develop the fortitude and the killer instinct at the end of the football game to not let it come down to one play or one situation," Zimmer said.
The next game is next Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals.
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