Los Angeles Rams: 3 positives from 33-13 win over Oakland Raiders
1. Rams’ offense looked rusty at first, but comfortable.
A lot of people expected the Rams’ offense to look a bit rusty, especially with no key starters taking any snaps in the preseason. This was to be expected, as the offense began the game scoring just 10 points in the first half, missing out on multiple opportunities for better results.
Jared Goff missed some wide open throws to his wide receivers, while other times consisted of his teammates dropping passes from him. This happened early for the most part, allowing Goff to settle down as the game went on. Even when he was missing throws, Goff looked very comfortable from the pre-snap adjustments, to the end of the play. The offensive line allowed him to have a comfortable pocket the entire game as well.
Todd Gurley came into this game with huge expectations after receiving a huge four-year, $60 million extension. Also, Gurley was coming off a 2017 season where he totaled 2,093 scrimmage yards and took home Offensive Player of the Year honors, meaning all eyes were on him.
In the first half, Gurley was barely utilized with just four carries and five total touches, although it was good to see him find the end zone on a flip pass from Goff. Sean McVay must have heard all the rumblings at halftime since in the second half, Gurley would carry it 15 times and get a total of 18 touches. Quite the adjustment.
From early on in the game, the Rams were able to easily able to drive down the field all game. The execution in the red zone and third downs could be better, but it still was a nice Week 1 performance for the Rams offense. Another positive was that there were zero turnovers committed by the Rams’ offense. The Rams will look to build on this performance in Week 2, facing their division rival Arizona Cardinals.