Here's how key Vikings' rookies performed in Sunday's 27-21 loss to the Raiders.
QB Christian Ponder — Ponder had another rough outing Sunday, struggling to get a rhythm in the pocket and making some poor decisions with the football. He forced the ball into coverage and that got him into trouble, especially on a pass thrown into double coverage and intercepted by Matt Giordano as the Vikings were threatening to score. The major positive for Ponder was his legs, as he ran five times for 71 yards, showing unexpected speed and explosiveness to escape the pocket and pick up good yardage.
TE Kyle Rudolph — He wasn't involved in the vertical passing at all, as his longest catch was four yards, but he did score the first touchdown of his career. He did have five targets, which shows a concerted effort to get him more involved in the offense.
DT Christian Ballard — His role was smaller this week than it was Monday night against he Packers, and he was unable to make a similar impact in limited snaps. He didn't record any official stats in the game book.
S Mistral Raymond — He saw a few snaps at safety with Husain Abdullah out because a concussion and was able to hit Carson Palmer when he came on a safety blitz unblocked.