The Los Angeles Rams struggled offensively and only earned 3 points in their preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. Multiple penalties hurt both teams throughout the game. It’s to be expected with a preseason opener that consisted primarily of rookies.
The Rams started quarterback Blake Bortles who completed three of his eight attempts for 50 yards. Brandon Allen relieved Bortles in the second quarter and completed six of his 12 pass attempts for 34 yards. John Wolford had the strongest showing with six completions on eight attempts for 54 yards during the fourth quarter.
The Raiders scored first with a 7-yard run by running back DeAndre Washington at 8:47 in the first quarter, giving Oakland a 7-0 lead. The Rams responded with a 36-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein just after the two-minute warning before the first half.
The Rams defense had strong moments throughout the game. The Rams’ secondary picked up two interceptions by safety Steven Parker and cornerback Kevin Peterson in the second quarter. The Rams also sacked Peterman twice in the fourth quarter, one by linebacker Josh Carraway and the other by linebacker Landis Durham.
The Raiders scored their final touchdown at 10:37 in the third quarter. Peterman hit Keelan Doss on a short slant route for 3 yards to make the score 14-3. The Rams’ offense could not score on the Raiders defense.
The Rams did attempt a late rally in the fourth quarter. Wolford completed passes to receivers Simba Webster and Alex Bachman. Rookie safety Taylor Rapp had a showed strong with two tackles, one of which prevented a critical first down.