The Silver and Black played their second preseason game earlier today, this time against the Minnesota Vikings. The Las Vegas Raiders were victorious once again, defeating their opponents 26-20. There were many noteworthy elements about the squad in this game, but right now we’ll focus on the running game, which was extremely efficient in the victory. Let’s recap how it all went down in Raiders vs. Vikings.
Raiders vs. Vikings: Depth For Vegas Was On Full Display
In front of their fans today, the team’s four-headed monster at running back rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown. WhenÂ a player’s name was called, each responded in their own unique way. For the bulk of the first half, Zamir White and Kenyan Drake set the tone. Having both of them together in certain packages is just another beauty of this offense.
After the second half ended, the other half of the four-headed monster decided to wreak havoc on the field. Brittain Brown and Austin Walter both made the most of their opportunities. There was a point in the game when both of them exchanged big, challenging runs that culminated in a scoring opportunity for the team. On top of that, Austin Walter showed amazing vision in making his runs and refused to be brought down easily.
Simply put, the Raiders have a lot of depth at this position, which cannot be overstated because they are so interchangeable that you never know who is coming at you at full speed down the field. Having this kind of depth is vital, and it makes the offense even scarier.
Austin Walter Should Make This Team
Walter, one of the two players who helped shoulder the offensive load in the second half, deserves to be on this team. While there is a lot of competition at his position across the board, and they are quite likely to make the early preseason cuts, hard work should not be underestimated. If this is truly a running back by committee, save a spot on the roster for him.
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