Week 1 for the Rams can’t probably get here soon enough. After an uneventful exhibition season that came on the heels of a crazy and splashy offseason, McVay probably just wants to coach football with the kind of team that will challenge for an NFC title.
The Raiders won’t be particularly impressive to open the season, but they will be a good opponent to get the Rams going in 2018.
Two side notes will be discussed leading into and during the game, and that is the possibility that Khalil Mack could have been with the Rams when they played Oakland, and then of course the whole McVay-Gruden angle.
Ultimately, the bigger story will be how far away from being truly competitive the Raiders are, and how good, potentially, Los Angeles can be. The Rams WILL BEAT OAKLAND. But don’t expect it to be anything other than the better team beating another who is just not as good on paper as their opponent.
Oakland will be better much later down the road, but that doesn’t necessarily mean in 2018.
The Rams will be much better in a game or two.
Gurley and the Los Angeles running game will have a solid night as will the new look defense.