The Regular season is finally here. A long, seemingly exciting offseason full of high hopes for what this Oakland squad was capable of under Jon Gruden’s tutelage gave way to an extremely rocky past couple weeks. Mostly the trade of Khalil Mack put a damper on things. But also the hopes for Martavis Bryant to upgrade the receiving corps was also dashed when he was cut facing another long suspension.
As if it wasn’t a long enough offseason, the Raiders and Rams will be the last team to play the first week. There was a game on Thursday night, a full slate Sunday and Sunday night and a Monday night game the precedes the Raiders.
Being the second part of a double header tonight means a late kickoff. The Rams have been holding their practices at night to prepare for that. The Raiders just went about business as usual.
Practice timing is probably not the crucial part of this game. It will come down to talent and schemes. The Rams proved last season they have both and added quite a few more pieces this offseason including Brandin Cooks, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Ndamukong Suh.
As for the Raider, their scheme should improve this year over the dumpster fire they had last season. The talent should be there on offense to give Jon Gruden a lot to work with, but the defense is far more questionable which means Paul Guenther will have to do his best to confuse the Rams offense with blitz packages and such.
Location: Oakland-Alameda Country Coliseuem, Oakland CA
Game time: Monday 7:20 pm Pacific (10:20 pm ET)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Radio: Bay Area: 95.7 The Game, 98.5 KFOX (Brent Musberger, Lincoln Kennedy) | Full listings
Announcers: Booth: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland. Sideline Lisa Salters
Odds: Rams are 6-point favorites (See all NFL odds via OddsShark)
Enemy blog: Turf Show Times
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