- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Cassel was crisp from the start, giving Teddy Bridgewater a model touchdown drive to watch.

Bridgewater showed his age, aside from a few flashes of brilliance, and that’s the early snapshot of the starting quarterback competition.

Cassel went 5 for 6 for 62 yards, and the Vikings broke in their temporary new home stadium for the next two years by beating the Oakland Raiders 10-6 in the exhibition opener on Friday night.

“Any time you can come down and score on your first drive, that’s what you’re trying to accomplish,” Cassel said.

Bridgewater relieved Cassel at quarterback after one series, and the rookie’s first name was rhythmically chanted during his first two snaps by a crowd eager to see the first-round draft pick in action. Playing into the third quarter, Bridgewater’s debut was mixed at best: 6 for 13 for 49 yards, two sacks and one fumble the Vikings recovered.

He said he didn’t notice the fuss from the fans.

“I felt pretty good. There were some missed opportunities, but I’ll be able to come back next week and play more aggressive,” Bridgewater said.

Coach Mike Zimmer agreed.

“There were a couple times in the game where he just didn’t act like a veteran,” Zimmer said. “Things happened that he hadn’t seen before. So those are all great experiences for him. But he made some great throws.”

Matt Schaub’s first time in silver and black wasn’t exactly smooth, either. The latest attempt by the Raiders to stop the quarterback carousel from spinning, Schaub finished 3 for 7 for 21 yards.

Schaub played three series, all three-and-outs.

“We were pretty sloppy,” Schaub said.

Derek Carr, the second-round draft pick from Fresno State, took over in the second quarter and was only slightly more productive with and against the backups. Carr went 10 for 16 for 74 yards, but his high throw on the run to Jamize Olawale slipped through the fullback’s hands and was intercepted by Kurt Coleman.

“He’s a young QB, and he’ll learn to keep the ball low because if he drops it, it goes to the ground,” Coleman said.

Third-string quarterback Matt McGloin had a late 10-yard touchdown scramble. Darren McFadden had a 23-yard run, the only real highlight by a Raiders starter, leaving coach Dennis Allen disappointed.

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