Los Angeles Rams Welcome Oakland Raiders
Written by Cameron Buford
The Oakland Raiders, soon to be Las Vegas Raiders and former Los Angeles Raiders, come back to the Los Angeles Coliseum for the first time since 1994. This time they come to face the Los Angeles Rams in the first home game of the Pre-Season. This is time for everyone from the players and coaches, referees and statisticians to get in game shape. Even the reporters covering the game need to find their seats, through the renovation of the Coliseum.
The Replay officials clearly need to get in game shape as they neglected to review a Conner Cook (Raiders QB) turnover after his arm hit the helmet of his lineman and popped out. The fumble was then recovered by the ILB Ramik Wilson of the Rams, who happens to be competing for playing time at the linebacker position. That fumble recovery led to a 2yard Touchdown Run by rookie running back John Kelly.
Though this was a pre-season game, the Raiders fans showed up like it was a playoff game. Whether they were showed up to support their new head coach, or just to antagonize Rams fans, the Raiders have flooded the Coliseum on Saturday. Their presence was heard, especially when they began to boo the Rams mascot while he was on the big screen awarded a local child an award. The boos of the Raider fans drowned out the presentation.
The Rams took a 10-point lead on the leg of their Field Goal kicker after he made his second field goal attempt of the day. The stiff competition for the Rams linebacking position continues as Bryce Hager recovers a fumble of his own. To put the Rams in scoring position once again, late in the second quarter. Because these two teams are set to play in three weeks, the Rams appear are not showing anything to Raiders as they settle for a 28-yard field to end the half.
The Rams opened the third quarter with Brandon Allen at Quarterback. Allen took the team on a long drive that ended up in another Rams FG. The Raiders had a workhouse on their side though, in undrafted Rookie Running Back Chris Warren III. The Raiders rode the legs of Warren as they responded with an 8-play scoring drive of their own to close out the third quarter.
On their following drive, the Raiders continue to ride rookie Running Back Chris Warren III, as he eclipsed the 100-yard mark, leading them to a field, which has brought them within a touchdown to tie the game. As good as Brandon Allen was looking throughout the second half, he threw an interception to give the Raiders great field position. The Raiders were then gifted more yardage on a terrible helmet/ targeting flag on the Rams, which gave the Raiders the ball in scoring position.
EJ Manuel hit Griff Whalen on a slant route, which Whalen made an awesome catch a turn to get in the end zone. Down by one, Gruden had the option to go for the Extra Point to tie the game or go for a 2-point conversion to win the game. They decided on a less than creative 2point conversion that was stopped short. The Rams then took the ball drove into scoring position before the Raiders stopped the Rams and gave themselves one final chance to win the game, that ultimately fell short.
Both teams just completed their second of four-pre-season games. When asked if he thought he needs 2 more games to get his team ready for the Regular Season Sean McVay responded by stating, “you don’t ever take for granted the work and being able to play in these live game situations and what that does for your team. But its that that balance of getting the work at the risk of, if someone gets rolled up in a game that really not going to count… how do you measure that?” “But, certainly, we do have a lot of work to do until we’re ready to roll for that September 10th date, that’s what we do know for sure!”
I would like to see the Rams allow their starters to get more playing time before that second Monday in September. Given that the Rams did win their division last season, teams will be coming for the Rams with their best shot. Though I trust and believe in McVay, I think their starters should get a minimum of 3 quarters of playing time in the coming Pre- Season Game versus the Houston Texans. What are your thoughts on the Rams and their preparation for the upcoming season, let me know What’s Good, by sharing your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below at www.whatsgoodinsports.com.