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Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders: Pro Football Focus game notes highlight halftime adjustments

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Here’s how PFF saw the Rams’ season-opening win.

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley runs past Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley, September 10, 2018.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley runs past Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley, September 10, 2018.
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Here are Pro Football Focus’ notes on the Los Angeles Rams’ 33-13 Week 1 win over the Oakland Raiders.

OFFENSE

- Of the five Los Angeles Rams players to grade out at an 80.0 or higher, four of them came from the offensive line. The highest graded of the four was right guard Austin Blythe, who is filling in for a suspended Jamon Brown. He finished the game with an overall grade of 87.0 and allowed zero quarterback pressures on 36 pass-blocking snaps. The offensive line was credited with allowing two quarterback pressures all night against the Oakland Raiders.

- Running back Todd Gurley picked up right where he left off from a season ago in Monday’s season opener against the Raiders. He combined to touch the ball 23 times (20 rushing, three receiving) while contributing eight first downs and a touchdown. He was able to avoid two tackles and average 3.2 yards after contact per attempt on 20 carries.

DEFENSE

- In his first game as a Los Angeles Ram, cornerback Marcus Peters was targeted six times on 47 coverage snaps. He allowed three catches for 25 yards and added an interception for a touchdown to allow a 21.5 passer rating into his coverage. He finished the game with an overall 73.5 grade on defense while playing all 70 defensive snaps for the Rams.

- After just recently reporting to the Rams, interior defender Aaron Donald was the team’s second highest graded player with his 86.1. The Rams had no worries with his conditioning as he rushed the passer on all 42 Oakland drop backs, more than any other defender on the defense. He generated five quarterback pressures and had a sack that was nullified by a penalty on his way to an 88.2 pass-rushing grade. The Rams’ entire defense was able to generate 16 total quarterback pressures on the night.