By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78
Los Angeles Rams 33 – Oakland Raiders 13
The Los Angeles Rams came out of Week 1 with a win over the Oakland Raiders. Even though going into this matchup the Rams were the superior team, questions still remained as to how the team would gel after most of the starters were sidelined throughout the preseason.
This game was a bit of “A Tale of Two Halves.” The first half had the Rams looking a bit rusty, but adjustments were made at halftime. The Raiders were simply outplayed and outscored the entire time as the Rams garnered 23 unanswered points.
The defense was the strongest part of Los Angeles winning this game. Linebacker Cory Littleton recorded 13 tackles and one of the three Rams interceptions. Cornerback Marcus Peters put the game away with a touchdown in the final minutes.
Not to be discounted, the offense also had some power plays. The offensive line kept quarterback Jared Goff from only being sacked once, and I think you can argue that it was Goff’s own fault for staying in the pocket too long. It seems that Goff suffered the most from not playing the preseason. His timing seemed off and he didn’t complete passes we have seen him make. Let’s hope it’s just being a bit rusty, and not a sign of larger issues to come later on in the season
I was nervous, and I’ll admit it, disappointed when wide receiver Sammy Watkins was lost to free agency. However, one game was all it took to make me a WR Brandin Cooks fan. He finished Monday night’s game with five catches for 87 yards and definitely showed off his speed and athletic ability. I think Cooks will turn out to be a huge gift for Jared Goff, despite not connecting with him on that deep ball.
As much as we’d love to be able to celebrate this win, we can’t do that 100%. Pro Bowl kick returner Pharoh Cooper suffered an ankle injury that might require surgery, and backup WR Mike Thomas suffered a groin injury. This puts the Rams down their top two kick returners, as well as their primary punt returner.
Los Angeles will host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday for their home opener.
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