The Oakland Raiders played against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, August 19th for their home opener. The fans not only got to see their Raiders play in the Black Hole, but they got to witness some starter reps. To start the game Derek Carr and the Raiders took the field in their first action this year. This is also the first time Carr has seen the field since his season-ending injury last December. It was an emotional day for every Raider and Raider fan because their playoff hopes were crushed that day Carr went down.
Derek Carr ended up throwing for 100 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He completed seven of his nine attempts on the day with the help of his offensive line, which kept him up for all his drop backs.
Marshawn Lynch had two touches in his first game in his home town of Oakland in a Raiders uniform. Lynch averaged 5 yards per carry giving him 10 yards, but the Raiders wanted to be careful with the 31-year-old in the preseason. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard also got some reps and I expect them to have a part in the offense this year behind Lynch.
Starting receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree had a combined six targets thrown their way. They had caught four of those passes for a combined 59 yards and one touchdown. Crabtree caught the lone touchdown on a short pass and a great move to break free from his defender. Cooper looked like he was in midseason form making a spectacular catch in almost triple coverage for a big gain.
Reigning defensive player of the year, Khalil Mack, got his reps in and he played like he should. He came ready to play recording four tackles and one sack on the day. The sack came on a double team that he fought through to take down Jared Goff for his one sack of the day. He looked like a madman and nothing could stop him.
The whole Oakland Raiders team looked hungry to get the season started and they know they have something special. Could it be a Super Bowl or bust type of season? I think it very well can be, with the return of their field general and the new addition of a hometown icon.