St. Louis Rams 3-0-0-0 — 3
Oakland Raiders 3-6-3-0 — 18
It was all about the Raiders Thursday night in Oakland as they defeated the Rams 18-3. Both teams debuted significant new pieces on offense. Newly acquired quarterback Nick Foles made his first start for the Rams and looked good. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 69 yards, including Tavon Austin’s 35 yard reception off a screen pass.
Meanwhile, for the men in silver and black it was all about rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper. Despite limited playing time, Cooper was a major focal point of the Raiders offense. Cooper had 3 receptions for 22 yards. Half of Carr’s completed passes were to Cooper. Even his one interception was an intended pass to Cooper in the endzone. Oakland also got creative by using him in the backfield on an end-around play.
After the first quarter, the majority of the game was marked by backup players along with those fighting to make the roster for their respective team. The Rams could not seem to build momentum on offense once the starters left the game. They failed to capitalize on the Raiders two turnovers.
The Raiders were led by a pair of backup quarterbacks. Christian Ponder was the first to enter the game. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 59 yards including a touchdown pass to Andre Holmes. Matt McGloin had a really impressive evening. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 104 yards. McGloin had a 16 yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler.
Here are all the key points from the Rams and Raiders first preseason game:
The Raiders Went to Amari Cooper Early & Often
If the beginning of the first preseason game is any indication, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray will be focal points for the Oakland Raiders offense. Cooper touched the ball four times in a short span of time. He had three receptions for 22 yards. The Raiders also ran an end-around play where Cooper received the ball in the backfield. Murray had 6 carries for 35 yards including a 17 yard run.
Nick Foles Had a Solid Start
Nick Foles is off to a good start with the St. Louis Rams. During the first quarter, he completed 3 of 5 passes for 69 yards. This includes a 35 yard connection to receiver Tavon Austin. The Rams hope he can stay on the field more than Sam Bradford did during his tenure in St. Louis.
Derek Carr and Nick Foles Played About 1 Quarter
Derek Carr played the first quarter then his night was finished. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 43 yards but also had one interception. It was not the most impressive performance, but it does seem that Carr is building a nice connection with rookie receiver Amari Cooper. Half of his completions were to the rookie wideout.
Christian Ponder Threw the First Touchdown of the Game
For those wondering what happened to Christian Ponder, he is currently the backup quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. He was a first-round draft choice for the Minnesota Vikings but underperformed with the team. Ponder connected with Andre Holmes to score the first touchdown by either team.
Raiders Matt McGloin Threw a Touchdown Pass
Third-string Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler. McGloin and Ponder are competing for the backup quarterback position. College football fans may be familiar with McGloin from his time at Penn State. Brice Butler lead all receivers with 57 yards on 6 receptions.
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