12/10 20:41 CST Vikings beat Raiders 3-0 in lowest-scoring NFL game in 16 years
Vikings beat Raiders 3-0 in lowest-scoring NFL game in 16 years
By MARK ANDERSON
AP Sports Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) --- The brand of football Minnesota and Las Vegas played on
Sunday set the NFL back 16 years.
Only Greg Joseph's 36-yard field goal with 1:57 left that gave the Vikings a
3-0 victory over the Raiders prevented the teams from setting the league 80
It was the first 3-0 game since Pittsburgh beat Miami on Nov. 26, 2007, the
third in the past 40 years and the seventh in the Super Bowl era. The last game
that ended regulation scoreless was a 0-0 tie between the New York Giants and
Detroit Lions on Nov. 7, 1943.
The Vikings (7-6) had just 230 total yards, and the Raiders (5-8) --- losers of
three in a row --- were limited to 201 yards and nine first downs. Minnesota
beat an AFC West opponent for the first time this season after going 0-3.
It was Minnesota's first shutout since defeating Green Bay 16-0 on Dec. 23,
2017 and the first blanking of Las Vegas since its 24-0 loss to New Orleans on
Oct. 30, 2022.
Nick Mullens relieved an ineffective Joshua Dobbs at quarterback in the fourth
quarter and led the Vikings on their lone scoring drive. His 22-yard completion
to Jordan Addison to the Raiders 20 set up Joseph's kick.
"You never know when your name is going to be called, but you prepare and work
as hard as you can and trust that there's a plan out there for you," Mullens
said. "I did that, stepped in. The guys did an incredible job. ... It doesn't
matter what it looks like, a win is a win."
Dobbs was 10 of 23 for 63 yards; Mullens completed 9 of 13 passes for 83 yards.
"I felt like my trust in Nick with his preparation he could be called upon,"
Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell said. "We made sure he got some reps last week so
he was ready to go, and he did exactly that. Went out and made some critical,
critical plays to move the chains and ultimately get us in range for the very
limited amount of points we got today."
O'Connell said he didn't know who would start going forward.
Raiders interim coach Antonio Pierce could face a similar situation after Aidan
O'Connell completed 21 of 32 passes for 171 yards with an interception, but the
quarterback wasn't the only one at fault.
"No excuse there," Pierce said. "It is shocking. Plenty of time to prepare for
an opponent. They did nothing new. Poor coaching. Poor performance by the
The Vikings lost wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the 2022 AP Offensive Player
of the Year, in the second quarter to a chest injury. He was taken to a
hospital, but O'Connell said the early prognosis was promising. This was
Jefferson's first game back after missing the previous seven because of a
Las Vegas lost running back Josh Jacobs to a knee injury in the fourth quarter.
Jacobs led the NFL in rushing last season with 1,653 yards. He had rushed for
more than 100 yards in two of the prior three games.
Neither team scored in the first half, the second time that happened Sunday.
The Houston Texans-New York Jets game also was 0-0 at intermission. According
to the Fox Sports broadcast, it was the first time since October of 1988 that
two games were scoreless at halftime on the same day.
The game remained scoreless entering the fourth quarter, the first time that
has happened since Week 17 of the 2017 season when the Cowboys and Eagles faced
each other. It's the first time the Raiders have ever been involved in such a
game and the second for the Vikings --- Nov. 14, 1971 against the Packers was
the other. That game also ended in a 3-0 win for Minnesota.
Both teams didn't capitalize on scoring chances. Joseph missed a 49-yard field
goal in the second quarter and Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow lost a
fumble at Minnesota's 20.
VIKINGS OC MAKES TRIP AFTER ARREST
Minnesota offensive coordinator Wes Phillips traveled with the team and worked
the game after his Friday night arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in
"I was incredibly disappointed, there's no question," O'Connell said. "But we
want to allow the facts and do our due diligence from that standpoint. The
league is clearly involved as well. It's very important that we as coaches
understand we're setting the bar for our organization and for our players. Wes
knows he fell short of that."
Maxx Crosby became the fifth Raider to record 50 career sacks when he got to
Dobbs in the second quarter. He is the first player in franchise history to get
there in his first five seasons. Crosby later added a second sack.
TRIBUTE TO VICTIMS
Crosby led the team onto the field carrying flags representing UNLV and law
enforcement. The team had a moment of silence before kickoff to honors the
three UNLV professors who were fatally shot Wednesday and two Nevada Highway
Patrol officers who died after being struck by a car on Nov. 30.
Vikings: RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) was injured in the third quarter. ... RT
Brian O'Neill (ankle) was hurt in the second quarter. ... WR Jalen Nailor is in
Raiders: DT Adam Butler (foot) and LB Kana'i Mauga (knee) were injured in the
second quarter. Mauga had just been activated off injured reserve on Saturday.
He was on IR because of a knee injury. ... C Andre James (ankle) was injured in
the third quarter.
Vikings: At Cincinnati on Saturday.
Raiders: Host the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.
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