MINNEAPOLIS –- Raiders head coach Dennis Allen opened his post-game press conference with what any Raiders fan without a microphone certainly said following a 10-6 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
“I’m disappointed in the way we played,” Allen said. “I thought we’d come out sharper and execute better than that.”
Allen wasn’t the only one.
Mark Davis was also disappointed in the outcome.
Sitting in a suite with windowed walls adjacent to the press box, the Raiders owner was visibly upset with what he watched at TCF Bank Stadium.
Davis did not comment after the game so it’s unfair to speculate on what drew his ire, but his displeasure was clear.
There were unsatisfactory portions of the Raiders first preseason outing worthy of disapproval.
They committed 13 penalties for 94 yards, including six that came on third down.
Penalties gave the Vikings three first downs, and made things less manageable for the offense on three occasions.
“The penalties were the big story of the game,” Allen said.
Whether it was penalties or receiver drops -– I counted six as the game was going on -– the Raiders hurt themselves despite opportunities to execute.
No one was pleased with the result, especially after a solid start to training camp, but there is plenty of time to clean things up before the regular season opens on Sept. 7.
“Overall, we were pretty sloppy,” quarterback Matt Schaub said. “We hurt ourselves with a lot of penalties and we put ourselves in long yardage situations. It’s tough to win that way. We have to really look hard at the mistakes and clean those up because they are things we can control, especially pre-snap issues. We need to iron those (mistakes) out if we want to be the type of team we want to be.”