Raiders vs Rams: The Oakland Raiders, led by new head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr, meet the Los Angeles Rams, led by quarterback Jared Goff, in an NFL preseason game on Today, September 12-09-2018. at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
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What: NFL preseason, Week 2
When: Today, Sep. 12-09- 2018
Where: Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles
Time: 4 p.m. Eastern
TV: NFL Network
Live stream: NFL Game Pass, fuboTV (free trial)
P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst wasted little time providing the inside pass rush that Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wanted when he used two draft picks on the defensive tackles.
Hall delivered on his first snap as a pro, bringing down Detroit’s Matt Cassel in the exhibition opener. Hurst got pressure twice with one of those leading to Hall deflecting a pass by Cassel.
That’s an ingredient that has been sorely missing in Oakland for years and will go a long way toward upgrading a defense that hopes to be much improved in the first year under Gruden and coordinator Paul Guenther.
“I was pleased with it,” Gruden said Monday. “I think it’s an area that we’ve gone out to try to improve and we have a long way to go. But, there were some good signs.”Neither team will give away many tendencies Saturday when the Los Angeles Rams host the Oakland Raiders in preseason action at 4 p.m. ET. That’s because these California foes face off in the regular-season opener Sept. 10. Still, there’s no lack of motivation. The Rams were embarrassed by Baltimore, 33-7, in their preseason opener. Even if Jared Goff and Todd Gurley sit out again, L.A. is determined to show better in front of its home fans. The Raiders are looking to go 2-0 under new coach Jon Gruden after edging Detroit 16-10 last week. Sportsbooks list the Rams as two-point favorites, down one from the opener, with the over-under for total points scored set at 38.
Before you lock in your Raiders vs. Rams picks, you have to see what SportsLine stat geek R.J. White has to say. White knows what it takes to win on football’s biggest stage. He finished in the top 1 percent of the Las Vegas SuperContest last season after also cashing huge in 2015.
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One team White knows better than anyone: the Rams. In his last 14 spread picks involving the Rams, White is an incredible 13-1. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.
Now, with these same Rams hosting Oakland, White has locked in a strong point-spread pick, and he’s sharing it over at SportsLine.
White knows coach Sean McVay might hold out Goff, Gurley and most of his starters Saturday, targeting the third preseason game instead. Only two of 22 starters played versus Baltimore, but McVay called out his team for a lack of urgency during practice and is demanding better focus Saturday.
Against Baltimore, Brandon Allen outplayed Sean Mannion for the Rams’ backup QB job, posting a 100.1 rating while completing 10-of-15 throws for 73 yards and a TD in the second half. The Rams could get a boost by inserting Allen earlier.
Oakland, meanwhile, could give Derek Carr and the starting offense another cameo. He went 2-of-4 for 11 yards against Detroit before Connor Cook relieved him and shined, completing 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and a TD. While the Raiders seem to be grasping Gruden’s offense, the defense showed the biggest improvement. Oakland held Detroit to 227 yards, rang up 10 QB hits including four sacks and allowed 3.8 yards per carry.
We can tell you White is leaning towards the Over, but he has evaluated each roster top to bottom and identified an overlooked angle that determines which side of the spread is a must-back.
So who wins Raiders-Rams? And what hidden angle determines the outcome? Visit SportsLine here to see which side of the spread is a must-back, from the expert who keeps crushing the Las Vegas SuperContest, and find out.