The Los Angeles Rams came up on the losing end to the Oakland Raiders 14-3 during their first preseason action on Saturday.
Even though the Los Angeles Rams were resting a majority of their starters during Saturday’s first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, there was still hope for plenty of excitement on the offensive side of the football.
Over the last few years, Sean McVay has received plenty of high praise for helping the Rams emerge as one of the top offenses in the league, but painful doesn’t even begin to describe how the unit looked during the team’s 14-3 loss to the Raiders.
Sure, the outcome clearly would have been much different if this was actually a meaningful game with the starters seeing significant action, but Rams fans still expected to see more than just three points from the backups.
From Blake Bortles only completing 3 of 8 passes for 50 yards to Darrell Henderson only rushing for 13 yards on six carries, this was not what Los Angeles fans had in mind heading into the first preseason game.
On a positive note, at least the Rams have surprise players such as KhaDarel Hodge (three catches for 48 yards) and Nsimba Webster (three catches for 27 yards) to make roster battles a little more interesting to follow over these next few weeks.
Not to mention, if Los Angeles were looking for a positive factor from the loss, at least the defense only allowed 14 points to Oakland while recording two interceptions in the process.
For obvious reasons, there’s no reason to hit the panic button over what took place on Saturday, but for the sake of the next few weeks, here’s to hoping the Rams figure out a way to perform better on offense.
Otherwise, what was already expected to be a long preseason is going to feel even longer if the team is going to fail to provide any sort of excitement on the offensive side of the football.
With Saturday’s game officially in the books, Los Angeles will next head to Hawaii for what should be a fun battle against the Dallas Cowboys.
Since some fans in Hawaii are excited about the defending NFC champions coming to town, maybe the offense can do their job by showing up this time around, and even find the end zone a couple of times as well.