Raiders Notebook: Finishing drives

Sebastian Janikowski had another stellar kicking day, nailing all of his five field goals, the last one coming from 52 yards out to cut the Vikings' deficit to 29-22 with 3:23 remaining in the game. He has now made 16 of his last 17 field goal attempts after opening the 2007 season by missing each of his three kicks.

After the game, however, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin pointed to the fact that numerous mistakes led to Oakland having to settle for those field goals rather than getting into the end zone.

"We left too many points out there early," Kiffin said. "Unfortunately, we didn't finish those (drives) with touchdowns. We finished them with field goals."

Curry comes up big

Wide receiver Ronald Curry had a nice day, hauling in four passes for 120 yards, including a highlight-reel 49-yarder that saw the receiver leap and steal the ball from safety Darren Sharper and cornerback Antoine Winfield - losing his helmet in the process - when quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw one up for grabs. That catch led to tight Zach Miller's touchdown grab two plays later.

"Daunte put it out and allowed me to make a play on it," said Curry, who did not catch a pass in the second half. "That's one thing a receiver asks for, is for give us a chance."

Nnamdi's big play negated quickly

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha collected his first interception of the season to take away a sure touchdown. But what he did next ended up costing his team two points.

With the Vikings inside Oakland's 5-yard line, the Vikings tried to go play action, but Asomugha used all of his 6-foot-2 frame to step in front of receiver Sidney Rice make a leaping interception in the back of the end zone. Rather than kneel down for a touchback, however, he decided to run it out and was subsequently brought down on his own 2-yard line.

Three plays later, the Vikings scored a safety when quarterback Daunte Culpepper was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving them a 9-0 lead.

Asomugha later left the game with a concussion.

Extra points

Right tackle Cornell Green was also knocked out of the game with a foot injury. His replacement, Paul McQuistan, struggled and was tagged with a pair of penalties.

Defensive end Chris Clemons got his first start of the season and got two sacks, giving him five for the season.

Among those who were inactive for the Raiders on Sunday were running back LaMont Jordan, quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell and Josh McCown, cornerback John Bowie, linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba, center Jake Grove, tackle Mario Henderson and defensive tackle Josh Shaw.

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