2018 NFL Week 1: Rams vs. Raiders game time open
thread Greetings Dwayne Harris Jersey , Raider Nation! The Great Raiderdamus welcomes you to the very first regular season game of 2018 for the Oakland Raiders, led by mercurial head coach Jon Gruden. Tonight they’ll take on the Rams, who are one of the best teams in the NFL on paper. We’ve seen plenty of paper champions fall apart in the past, but will the Rams be another?With the trade of Khalil Mack, the team now lives and dies with Derek Carr. And if we consider the Raiders’ performance in the playoffs without Carr, it always did anyway. The Rams have a talented young quarterback in Jared Goff and a high-priced defense featuring Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.Can the Raiders get the second Gruden Era off to a winning start in front of an always-rabid home crowd?Game details:Location: Oakland-Alameda Country Coliseuem, Oakland CAGame time: Monday 7:20 pm Pacific (10:20 pm ET)TV: ESPNOnline streaming: NFL Game PassRadio: Bay Area: 95.7 The Game, 98.5 KFOX (Brent Musberger, Lincoln Kennedy) | Full listingsAnnouncers: Booth: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland. Sideline Lisa SaltersOdds: Rams are 6-point favorites (See all NFL odds via OddsShark)Enemy blog: Turf Show TimesTwitter: @SilverBlakPrideFacebook: Please like us! Today the Raiders were an abject disappointment to me and offensive on a personal level. I find it difficult to express in words how unenthusiastic I am about this team right now and how pessimistic I am for its future. The Raiders are awful and it is hard to believe they will ever do anything good again. Watching this team right now is like watching a video of someone ripping up a set of vintage baseball cards and then setting them on fire.WINNERS1) Melvin IngramWho needs Joey Bosa? Ingram proved to be a one-man wrecking crew on the defensive line. He racked up seven tackles including two for loss, a sack and an interception. He feasted onthe Raiders’ pair of rookie tackles and basically did whatever he wanted to do. If only the Raiders had a player like that.2) Daryl WorleyThe Raiders didn’t have a lot of bright spots today, but Worley was one of them. In his first game returning from suspension, Worley showed that the Raiders were wise to sign him this offseason. He had eight tackles, including one for loss, and he played both the run and pass well. The Raiders have plenty of veterans on one-year deals, but Worley is young enough and good enough to be a big part of what the Raiders do going forward.3) Melvin GordonThe second of the Charger’s dual Melvins, Gordon had a tremendous game overall. While he wasn’t dominant on the ground, rushing for only 58 yards, he added 62 yards through the air, and was deadly in the screen game. The Raiders had no answer for this, as Philip Rivers recognized the blitz and hit short passes over it consistently, and Gordon did the rest. The Raiders weren’t fooling anybody today.4) Philip RiversThe All-Father turned in an extremely efficient performance today, going 22/27 for 339 yards Emmanuel Lamur Jersey , two scores, no picks, and a rating of 143.4. The Raiders were able to pressure him but he always seemed to get out of it, taking only one sack. He made the right decision on nearly every throw and picked apart the Raiders’ defensive scheme.LOSERS1) Raiders offensive lineWe knew it would be tough with two rookie tackles and left guard Kelechi Osemele out with injury, but this was an atrocious performance from a unit that really needed to have a good game. Kolton Miller isn’t good enough yet to handle Melvin Ingram on his own, and without Osemele at his side he was pitiful. The Raiders had to abandon the run early, but even so, Marshawn Lynch still only averaged 3.4 yards per carry. Derek Carr was sacked three times, losing 20 yards. A lot went wrong for the Raider offense and it starts here.2) Martavis BryantStatistically, Bryant had a fine game, catching three passes for 91 yards on three targets. But as usual, his hands were an issue as he had a key fumble, turning what could have been a big gain for the Raiders into a Chargers possession that became a touchdown that put the game basically out of reach. If Bryant can ever put it together, he’ll be great, but until then he remains a liability.3) Bruce IrvinYou’d think that with both starting tackles out for the Chargers, Irvin would have a big game. That did not materialize as he only had one tackle and one sack. He also had a stupid, careless personal foul at the very end of the first half that nearly led to three more Charger points. Irvin is clearly frustrated and he’s letting it show, which is costing the team. He must put his pride and emotions aside and do better.4) Paul GuentherWhatever kind of game plan Guenther drew up for his unit this week, it didn’t work. The Chargers knew exactly what the Raiders were doing on defense and they exploited it. While the Raiders have played stout defense at times this season, big plays are killing them, and that’s a combination of a lack of speed and poor tackling, both of which were displayed by the Raiders today. The one good thing the Raiders did was defend the run effectively, but that never really makes a difference against the Chargers. This unit needs playmakers, and it just doesn’t have them yet.