Chandler, the University of North Carolina’s fifth-round pick, led Minnesota with 50 rushing yards on just five carries while Nwangwu added 41 rushing yards on seven carries. He also had two receptions for 18 yards.
The offensive performance gave a good start to Nwangwu’s second season. His biggest plays as a rookie last year came on kickoff returns for 98 and 99 yards for touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
Alexander Mattison started the first two practices, then it was Nwangwu’s turn.
He caught a short pass from Sean Mannion, who started the game, for an 11-yard gain and additional runs of five, seven and three yards before the Vikings settled for a 20-yard field goal from Greg Joseph in the second quarter.
The ensuing offensive possession for Minnesota saw Nwangwu and Chandler team up for 67 of the Vikings’ 84 yards that were capped by another field goal from Joseph.
In the second half, after a Raiders touchdown put them up 16-6, Daniel Carlson kicked off Chandler, who looked like he was stopped momentarily before bouncing on the outside for a 56-yard return into Las Vegas territory to provide a spark for Minnesota. It worked, as the Vikings went downhill before Kellen Mond found Albert Wilson for the Vikings’ first touchdown of the preseason.