Week 2: Oakland Raiders
In what will be the first home game of the preseason for the Rams, the Oakland Raiders will come to town in Week 2 looking to turn things around after ending up being one of the biggest disappointments in 2017. Originally, the Raiders were seen by many as the top candidate in the AFC to take down the New England Patriots, only to fail to even earn a trip to the postseason.
As a result, Oakland would go on to part ways with Jack Del Rio as head coach, and replace him with Jon Gruden instead. Throughout his football career, Gruden has established a reputation for bringing out the best in quarterbacks, and if the new Raiders coach can help Derek Carr elevate his game to a new level, it will only increase their chances of becoming a serious contender once again in the AFC.
Talent wise, Oakland certainly has the right pieces on both sides of the football, whether it’s Carr leading the way on offense or Khalil Mack taking care of things on defense. Plus, when looking at all of the money the Raiders invested in Gruden for the next couple of years, they better hope this decision was worth it.