Matt Schaub’s calling card in his NFL career has been accuracy, as evidenced by his career completion percentage of 64.0 percent, which ranks ninth in league history. But in his preseason debut in the Oakland Raiders' 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Schaub completed just 3 of 7 passes for 21 yards in three series.
Granted, there were some drops, but Schaub did not look entirely accurate, either.
“We will have to look at it,” Schaub said after the game when asked about the drops, per Raiders.com. “We will have to talk to guys. It might have been. I can’t answer that individually.
“It let guys know, 'Hey, we’re not on the practice field anymore. The lights are on, we need to go out and play. This is the first opportunity for us to form our identity for the season.' ”
So how did that go?
“We went out and we didn’t play near to our expectations or our standard,” Schaub said. “We need to go back and figure out how to play that way next week.”
The Raiders’ first-team offense was 0 for 3 on third-down conversions and Oakland was 4 of 13 for the game.
The first-team offense also was responsible for three of the Raiders’ 13 penalties.
“Overall, we were sloppy,” Schaub said. “We hurt ourselves with a lot of penalties, put ourselves in long-yardage situations, and it’s tough to win that way. We have to really look hard at the mistakes and clean those up because they are things that we can control, especially pre-snap issues.
“We need to iron those out if we want to be the type of team we want to be.”