OAKLAND—The Los Angeles Rams are 2-0 this preaeason thanks to a last minute touchdown, defeating the Oakland Raiders, 24-21 on Saturday, August 19.
The Rams drove down the field their first series, Rams QB Jared Goff rolled out of the pocket, and threw a percect rainbow to Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp for a 23-yard touchdown.
Goff threw the parabola pass with a Raider linebacker in his face. Goff is beginning to deliver and develop into a great, confident quarterback. He finished 16 for 20 for 160 yards, leading another TD drive that was capped by Todd Gurley’s 2-yard run and a field goal drive late in the first half.
We started the way we wanted to start and we were aggressive offensively,” Goff said. ”We were able to score on those two early drives and did what we wanted to out there.”
Kupp has been Goff’s favorite weapon this preseason. The slot receiver hauled in 6 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown for good measure.
It was Sammy Watkins first game as an L.A. Ram. He was only targeted a few times, including a bomb downfield which went off Watkins finger tips. He streches the field, and gives the Rams the threat of the deep ball. The Rams need to improve and heave the pigskin deep, Watkins is the man for the job.
The Raiders stormed back with a TD pass from Derek Carr to even the score at 7 all. It was the first game for Carr since breaking his leg last Christmas Eve. It also marked the return of Running Back Marshawn Lynch, who came out of retirement this offseason to join his hometown Oakland Raiders.
Once again, however, he refused to stand while the National Anthem played. Beast Mode has something left to prove. In limited action, he was swift and powerful, his first carry went for eight yards.
The Rams defense shone bright, despite the absence of a handful of their best players. Including Aaron Donald, his contract situation has no end in sight, this holdout might not be resolved before the regular season begins September 10.
The Black Hole remains rabid and loyal as ever, these die hard Silver and Black fans standing behind the end zone, this menacing group of fans are loud. Normally, they wear shoulder pads with spikes sticking straight out, their makeup black as coal, these particular fans could care less about the Raiders relocating to Las Vegas in 2020.
Carr looked sharp throwing two TD’s on the night. His one mistake was an interception to Rams corner, Trumaine Johnson.
This preseason matchup proved to be a thrilling, seesaw battle that was wildly entertaining untill the final whistle blew.
After Oakland’s Connor Cook led a go-ahead drive capped by a 17-yard pass to Johnny Holton with 6:30 to play, Sean Mannion answered for Los Angeles and threw a game-winning 20-yard pass to Josh Reynolds with 1:11 remaining.
The Rams host the Los Angeles Chargers at the Coliseum next Saturday, August 26. These two teams held a joint practice earlier this month. The scrimmage got heated, resulting in several brawls and fights between the Chargers and the Rams. The Battle for Los Angeles rages on!