Watch a potentially high-stakes NFL matchup of playoff contenders live online Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings storm the O.co Coliseum in Oakland to take on the resurgent Raiders, who had won two straight before dropping a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday on a field goal with two seconds on the clock.
The Vikings, on the other hand, head into Oakland as winners of four straight games for the first time since the 2012 season — including an overtime 21-18 victory at home over the St. Louis Rams last week. The Vikings are now tied with the suddenly vulnerable Green Bay Packers atop the NFC North division at 6-2.
But despite Minnesota possessing the only defense in the NFL that has yet to allow more than 23 points in a game this season, the high-flying Raiders with the league’s seventh-ranked offense may be the second-best team the Vikings have faced this year.
Back in Week 4, Minnesota took on the then-undefeated Denver Broncos — and lost 23-20. But of their other seven opponents prior to Sunday’s matchup in Oakland, none currently boasts a winning record. In fact, two of the Vikings’ six victories have come at the expense of the hapless Detroit Lions, the worst team in the NFL at 1-7.
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To find out how watch the Sunday afternoon Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders NFL game live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time at the stadium formerly known as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. For Vikings fans streaming the game back in Minnesota, that kickoff will come at 3:05 Central Time.
The Vikings made a Teddy Bridgewater the 32nd overall pick in that draft, out of Louisville, while the Raiders used a second-round pick, 36th overall, to select Derek Carr out of Fresno State.
Carr has been on a touchdown tear recently, throwing for 11 in the Raiders’ last three games and 19 overall in eight games — after throwing for 21 in the 16 starts of his rookie season — a total good enough to tie him for third in the NFL, just three TDs behind league leader Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
The 24-year-old Carr has given up just four interceptions, while taking to the air 273 times so far.
But the Vikings have not needed the flashy aerial production from Bridgewater that the Raiders have received from Carr so far, because they rely largely on a running game anchored by six-time Pro Bowl pick Adrian Petersen, who has already run for an NFL-leading 758 yards in 169 carries, which also is tops in the league.
Watch a preview of the Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders matchup via The Sports Show with Woody Paige in the video below.
The Vikings have never had much success against the Raiders throughout the years. In 14 meetings since 1973, the Raiders have won 10 to just four for the Minnesota team. Of course, one of those Raider wins came in Super Bowl XI on January 9, 1977, when Oakland blew out the Vikings 32-14.
In six games in Oakland, historically, the Vikings have won only once.
The Vikings vs Raiders game will stream live online primarily in the home markets of the two teams. The regions shaded in orange on the below map, courtesy of 506 Sports, represent areas where the game is available.
Watch the Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders game live online from the O.co Coliseum by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers. NFL games on Fox Sports Go are not available to watch on smartphones, due to contractual agreements. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch the Vikings vs. Raiders game live online on their TV sets.
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