As expected, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is active after getting cleared through the NFL’s concussion protocol and will start today in Oakland.
Starting outside linebacker Anthony Barr, cornerback Terence Newman and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd are also active. Floyd is returning to the starting lineup after missing the past three games following knee surgery.
Starting middle linebacker Eric Kendricks, though, will not play due to the injury to his ribs that sidelined him in last weekend’s win over the Rams.
Veteran linebacker Chad Greenway will move to the middle linebacker and second-year player Brandon Watts, who was on the practice squad just a couple of weeks ago, will make his first career start on the outside.
Joining Kendricks in street clothes are quarterback Taylor Heinicke, cornerback Josh Robinson, center Nick Easton, defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles and defensive end Justin Trattou.
The Raiders will be without starting center Rodney Hudson against Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph. Also inactive for the home team are cornerback Dexter McDonald, running back Roy Helu, linebacker Neiron Ball, offensive lineman Matt McCants, receiver Rod Streater and tight end Gabe Holmes.
Here is some pregame reading to keep you busy until the 3:05 p.m. kickoff:
— The Vikings, one of the NFL’s most complete teams, have gotten timely contributions in all three phases during their four-game winning streak.
— Jim Souhan believes coach Mike Zimmer has a [expletive deleted] chance to become one of the most beloved coaches in Minnesota history.
— Of course, speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace is frustrated with his lack of recent production. But he is quick to point out that the Vikings are 6-2.
— I think Derek Carr and the Raiders will be the first team to score 24 points on Zimmer’s defense, but I’m still predicting a Vikings victory today.