Three takeaways from the Raiders’ 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium:
1. No offense
Neither team scored through three quarters, a first for the Raiders in franchise history. Both offensive lines — and game plans — were totally overwhelmed by the opposing defenses. It resulted in a 0-0 game with 1:57 to play, the second-latest an NFL game remained scoreless since 1948.
Raiders rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell completed 21 of 32 passes for 169 yards while absorbing four sacks and throwing an interception on his first pass after the Vikings scored.
Minnesota starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs was replaced in the fourth quarter by Nick Mullens after a 10-for-23 outing for 63 passing yards.
Mullens, unlike O’Connell and Dobbs, led a scoring drive.
He had a key 20-yard completion to rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison as part of a 13-play, 56-yard possession late in the fourth quarter. It concluded with the game’s only points: A 36-yard field goal from kicker Greg Joseph.
O’Connell responded by telegraphing a throw to wide receiver Davante Adams and getting picked off.
Running back Josh Jacobs totaled 34 yards on 13 carries before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.
2. Crosby, defense dominate
Raiders standout Maxx Crosby did his part in holding Minnesota’s offense down.
He was unblockable on the edge of the defensive line, accounting for a team-high two sacks to give him a new career high in a single season with 13.5. Crosby was also tied for the Raiders’ lead in tackles with 10.
Linebacker Robert Spillane and defensive linemen Tyree Wilson and Janarius Robinson also finished with sacks against the Vikings.
Minnesota quarterbacks averaged 2.4 yards per pass and their offense averaged 3.2 yards per play.
Doesn’t matter how good the defense plays when the offense is this inept.
3. Season over
The Raiders, at 5-8 in the packed AFC, are all but eliminated from playoff contention.
They’ve lost three straight since beginning interim coach Antonio Pierce’s tenure with consecutive wins against the Giants and Jets.
Their offensive ineptitude has prevented them from beating average teams — let alone better. That’s despite the defense showing signs of improvement.
The Raiders have no time to fret, however. Their season continues Thursday with a matchup against the division rival Chargers, who lost 24-7 to the Broncos on Sunday to fall to 5-8 themselves.