The Los Angeles Rams took on the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday night after a week of joint practices. LA looked improved on both sides of the ball but could not take home the win after a 17 to 16 defeat.
After both teams exchanged punts in the first two drives, it was the Raiders with the first score of the game when undrafted rookie running back Trey Ragas punched the ball into the end zone for six. LA looked like they might get the ball moving on offense with Bryce Perkins under center, but a couple of ill-timed penalties and incompletions led to two more Matt Gay punts from the Rams.
Raiders 7, Rams 0
Quarterback Nathan Peterman of Las Vegas would throw an interception on the first play of the second quarter when a pass was tipped and fell into the awaiting arms of defensive back J.R. Reed.
With great field position the Los Angeles would only take four plays to get to the end zone with Perkins showing his arm with a strike to undrafted rookie wide receiver Kendall Blanton.
LA’s rookie linebacker Chris Garrett took over the defense and put up a number of highlights for the film room.
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On the SAME drive.
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After a Raiders punt the Rams offense again moved the ball well until a penalty derailed their momentum, ending the drive with a field goal.
Raiders 7, Rams 10
Neither teams would move the ball well until a Perkins interception that was intended deep to Tutu Atwell led to a five minute drive by the Raiders where they converted a fourth and one against LA’s defense. Though they would get to the 11 yard line, Christian Rozeboom broke a pass that would have led to another first down, forcing Las Vegas to settle for three.
Raiders 10, Rams 10
Los Angeles Rams got their second interception of the game on another tipped pass from Peterman that was caught by Brontae Harris, but a blocked field goal kept the score tied.
Peterman then led his team down the field and took the lead with a deep throw to wide receiver Marcell Ateman.
Perkins would not let the Rams go out without some noise as he led an impressive drive down the field. On fourth and five at the 12 yard line Perkins’ pocket enclosed on him but somehow stayed on his feet to scramble for the first down. Two plays later Perkins found Harris in the back of the endzone for the touchdown. Unfortunately, Perkins heroics fell short of a Rams win when a two-point conversion fell to the turf.
Final Score: Raiders 17. Rams 16