Rams spoil Jon Gruden's return with defeat of Raiders

Florence Fletcher
September 13, 2018

Is that wrong of me to think Derek Carr might be a little jumpy back there or do I dare say scared? Head coach Jon Gruden just showed up Sean McVay by shoving the ball down his throat on the opening drive.

If anything was apparent Monday in the Rams' 33-13 victory over the Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, it was that the made-over defense needed at least a half to come together and knock off any rust.

Gruden said the Raiders were unable to get to Los Angeles' quarterback, Jared Goff, and its running back, Todd Gurley.

"It was a tale of two halves, and obviously we did not take care of the ball and that was a critical part of this football game".

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Those 180 yards are a personal best for Cook, and also set a new franchise record for most receiving yards by a tight end - just five players in Raiders' history have had more, and they were all wide receivers.

The lack of pressure on the quarterback is only going to make the questions get louder and louder as to why the Raiders chose to trade Khalil Mack instead of paying him what he's worth. "He never showed up for an OTA, he never showed up for training camp, and it was obvious he wasn't going to show up for the season".

"He was under contract", Gruden said of Mack. They don't always mean that the player doesn't "want" to play for that team.

Mack got that in Chicago. The Bears rewarded him with a six-year, $141 million extension after getting traded.

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