Sunday, November 20, 2011
Raiders handling their business
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders don’t appear interested in giving up their hold on first place in the AFC West.
Oakland is rolling over the less-talented and under-manned Minnesota Vikings. The Raiders have scored 24 unanswered points and are leading the Vikings 24-7 at halftime. The Raiders took advantage of two turnovers, including a fumble on a kickoff deep in Minnesota territory.
The Raiders are 5-4 and alone in first place in the division. Denver, which beat the Jets on Thursday, as 5-5. San Diego is4-5 and it plays at Chicago later Sunday. Kansas City is 4-5 and it plays at New England on Monday night.
The Raiders are dominating the Vikings -- playing without star running back Adrian Peterson, who suffered a leg injury in the first quarter -- on both sides of the ball. Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer is 11 of 14 passing and he is looking good. Running back Michael Bush, starting for the injured Darren McFadden, is leading an Oakland run attack that has 82 yards.