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Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders: Five Raiders to watch revisited

The Raiders started the game strong, even taking a 13-10 halftime lead, but the Rams tightened up in the second half. Eli Kim looks back at the five Raiders we singled out before last night’s season opening win for the Rams.

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The Oakland Raiders started off strong in their home opener and return of Coach Jon Gruden. Starting out against the Los Angeles Rams, the Raiders received the ball and proceeded to march all the way down for a vintage RB Marshawn Lynch “Beast Mode” touchdown. That drive would yield the lone touchdown for the game for Oakland. Let’s revisit the players that the Raiders were going to be leaning on:

EDGE Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin started the game strong for the Raiders defense. Irvin also seemed to really care about the game evident in his postgame interview. Irvin ended the game with only one tackle (a sack) and forced fumble.

WR Amari Cooper

WR Cooper was held to just one catch for nine yards. While many were hoping for Rams CB Marcus Peters to perhaps shadow Cooper, it was actually QB Aqib Talib who covered Cooper to start the game. Talib likely was chosen because of his familiarity of facing Cooper two times a year while Aqib was a member of the Denver Broncos. Cooper only saw three targets which further highlighted the strength of the Rams secondary.

CB Gareon Conley

The second-year cornerback out of The Ohio State University, Conley played an average game. At times, Conley was blanketing his man while at other times, it seemed Conley would be giving up a bit too much space.

Conley finished the game with two tackles.

EDGE Arden Key

The third-round pick from LSU assumed he could learn from veterans like Khalil Mack. Now, Key has been thrust into a starting role. Key was active with three tackles and quarterback hit but he set Twitter ablaze by getting pump-faked hard by QB Jared Goff.

QB Derek Carr

Carr was looking to learn from QB guru Gruden. Instead, Carr looked very rusty and simple “off” in his regular season debut. Finishing the game with 303 yards but with three interceptions, Carr had a paltry QBR of 10.9. Perhaps the Rams secondary is very strong but at the same time Carr definitely made a few mistakes in the game that benefited the Rams.