Raiders Classics – Raiders Dominate Vikings 24-7 in 1993 In Hostetler’s First Start at QB

The 1993 Raiders were a restart for coach Art Shell. Gone were Todd Marinovich and Jay Schroader at QB, WRs Sam Graddy and Mervyn Fernandez had retired. RB Marcus Allen signed with the Chiefs. In were Jeff Hostetler at QB, WRs Rocket Ismail, Alexander Wright, James Jett, and Rookies RBs Greg Robinson and Ty Montgomery. 

This week the Raiders play the Vikings with two new QBs, the Vikings have Joshua Dobbs who they traded for from the Cardinals and the Raiders Rookie Aidan O’Connell. 

In 1993 the Vikings and Raiders both had new QBs but of a different variety. As just stated the Raiders were starting the newly signed Jeff Hostetler and the Vikings signed Jim McMahon. Both had a Super Bowl title to their name and both had excellent records as starters on their former teams. 

The Raiders dominated the game from the start. On the first play of the game a short kickoff was recovered by Patrick Bates giving the Raiders a short field. That drive ended on a 17 yard TD pass from Hos to Tim Brown (this would be a sign of things to come for Brown who had a breakout season in 1993). Then the Raiders drove the field but Hos was intercepted in the end zone.

On the next drive a Punt Return TD by Tim Brown was called back due to a hold, but the Raiders drove down the field on the back of Hostetler’s 15 straight completions. The drive would end with Greg Robinson’s first NFL TD on a one yard plunge. 

The Raiders harassed Jim McMahon all day and in the first half he went 4 for 12 and 2 INTs with the second INT being a 36 yard INT TD by Terry McDaniel.

In the second half the Raiders cruised, adding a FG and only allowing a garbage TD from the Vikes. The final score was 24-7 giving the Raiders their first win with Hos at QB.

On the day Hos would go 23 for 27 for 225 yards and run for a team high 34 yards. TE Ethan Horton caught 6 passes for 76 yards and Tim Brown 4 for 41 and a TD. The Raiders Intercepted McMahon twice, sacked him 3 times and forced another turnover on a fumble.

Below are the highlights of the game and the full game.