The Raiders, led by rookie quarterback Derek Carr, are coming in riding a high of their own. They came back to win 24-20 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Raiders still have explosive players who can take it to the house. For this reason, the Rams cannot look past Oakland.
Players to Watch
If Bailey's seven catches, 89 yards, and one touchdown mean anything it is this: Stedy is continuing to emerge as steady option at receiver.
With Brian Quick out for the season and fellow 2013 draftee Tavon Austin not getting many opportunities to have the ball on his hands, look to see more of Stedman. While not a game-changer, Bailey is that sure-handed, possession receiver. With the lack of consistency throughout the entire team, a steady Bailey is a calming notion.
Kenny Britt and Shaun Hill have a knack for connecting on long passes. Against Denver, Britt caught a 63-yarder from Hill for six points. The duo linked up for a touchdown last week in San Diego, unluckily, it was negated by a stupid penalty.
The Raiders give up tons of points. Look for Kenny to put up some numbers on the boards.
Aaron Donald is by far the most consistent player on the team this season. By Pro Football Focus' account, he is the Rams best defensive player. With the way Donald has played, it is not hard to disagree.
Aaron has five sacks so far this season. He has been equally impressive against the run. He's recorded 10 stuffs thus far.
His ability to stuff the run will come in handy. The Raiders' running game has reemerged with Latavius Murray. On only four carries, Murray gashed the Chiefs for 112 yards.
After allowing the Chargers' Ryan Matthews 105 rushing yards, there will be a bigger focus on run defense. Aaron Donald figures to play a large role in stopping the run.
The Raiders are 25th against the run. This bodes well for the Auburn-alum.While he is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, Mason has a string of four games with a ypc average under four. Mason averaged 3.4 yards per carry twice, and 3.9 the last two games. That is not a good sign. The Raiders abysmal defense figures to be the perfect remedy for Tre's frailly running numbers.
While Robert Quinn has not tallied as many sacks this season as previous, he is still a nuisance to opposing linemen and quarterbacks. Offenses are always scheming a way to keep him away from their quarterback. Double teams, triple teams are nothing new for Quinn. While his stat line suffers – only has six sacks so far this season – it opens opportunities for his fellow defensive players.
However, as bad as the Raiders are, it is not out of question for this to be a multi-sack game for Black Thunder.