The showdown at the Oakland Coliseum was competitive in the first half. The Los Angeles Rams dominated the Oakland Raiders in the second half to earn a decisive 33-13 road victory.
Jon Gruden’s return made an impact early on. His aggressive offensive style drove Derek Carr and the offense upfield. Running back Marshawn Lynch eventually found the end zone to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. The Rams answered back later in the first quarter with a Jared Goff 19-yard quick toss to Todd Gurley to tie the game.
The Raiders defense held the Rams offense to just 10 points in the first half. Although, Greg Zuerlein did miss a 46-yard field goal attempt. The key to the Raiders’ offensive success was Carr finding former Rams tight end Jared Cook. Cook finished with nine receptions for 180 yards.
The Rams did a complete 360-turnaround on both sides of the football in the second half. The defense held the Raiders scoreless. Goff fed Gurley the ball more and finished with 108 yards on 20 carries. Goff did find Cooper Kupp to end the third quarter to take the lead, 20-13. Turnovers was the game changer as Carr threw three total interceptions.
Cornerback Marcus Peters added insult to injury with his game-sealing pick-six interception late in the fourth quarter. A sloppy and rusty first half was met with an impressive second half to ruin Gruden’s homecoming.
The Rams will travel back to Los Angeles to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 16. Kickoff is scheduled at 1:05 p.m. PT on FOX.