Vikings bench QB Joshua Dobbs for Nick Mullens, avert 0-0 infamy in 3-0 win over Raiders

Dobbs took five sacks and only threw for 63 yards in three quarters vs. Las Vegas

The Minnesota Vikings benched starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs on Sunday after three scoreless quarters against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Nick Mullens replaced Dobbs and helped lead the Vikings to a 3-0 win, averting the would-be historic infamy of a 0-0 tie.

Mullens took over Minnesota's offense with 9:10 remaining in a scoreless game. The Vikings punted after three plays, and Mullens got a second chance when Las Vegas went three-and-out on its ensuing possession. This time, he delivered — as much as was needed, at least.

The Vikings drove 56 yards on 12 drives, which was enough to set up kicker Greg Joseph for a 36-yard field goal attempt. Joseph connected to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead with 1:57 remaining.

Aidan O'Connell threw an interception on the Raiders' next possession, and Las Vegas never scored.

Per Stathead, the last time a game went into overtime in a scoreless tie was 1974. The last time a game ended without points was a 0-0 tie between the New York Giants and Detroit Lions in 1943. Mullens and Joseph ensured the Vikings and Raiders wouldn't reset the record book for either entry.

Mullens finished his short day going 9-for-13 passing for 83 yards while likely winning the starting job. Dobbs completed 10 of 23 passes for 63 yards through three quarters. He was sacked five times for a loss of 63 yards.

The Vikings traded for Dobbs from the Arizona Cardinals at the trade deadline after an Achilles tendon injury ended starting quarterback Kirk Cousins' season. He led the Vikings to victory in his first two starts, but struggled in a Week 12 loss to the Denver Broncos and again in a 12-10 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 12, prompting head coach Kevin O'Connell to consider making a change at quarterback.

O'Connell ultimately decided to start Dobbs against the Raiders, but had seen enough Sunday after three scoreless quarters. Minnesota improved to 7-6 with Sunday's win to remain in playoff contention despite its issues at quarterback.