NFL: Kelle Mond shines in loss for Vikings

NFL: Kelle Mond shines in loss for Vikings

UPGRADE DAY

In the absence of Kirk Cousins, who has COVID-19, quarterback Kelle Mond stood out in a 26-20 Minnesota Vikings loss to the Raiders on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Mond was called into the fray in the second quarter of this preseason showdown. After appearing hesitant on his first two stint attempts, he finally spotted Albert Wilson in the end zone for the first time, in the third quarter.

The 23-year-old added more by any end of a duel, in a losing cause. He allowed Wilson to get his second major of the game by hitting it with an accurate 20-yard pass.

Mond eventually hit nine of 14 throw-ins and had 119 yards through the through the air.

The winners had more success thanks to their ground game. Quarterback Jarret Stidham was the first to add six points to the board on a four-yard run, then running back Brittain Brown only had to go one yard to score a major late in the game.

Behind the center of the Raiders, Nick Mullens has been the most successful. The quarterback completed seven of his nine stints, but most importantly managed a 34-yard touchdown pass when spotting DJ Turner in the third quarter.

This is the second win in as many preseason games for the Raiders, who beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11 last week.