Behind Enemy Lines: Cardinals seek first win of 2018 against Rams

Annette Crawford
September 13, 2018

Then with less than two minutes to play, summer acquisition Marcus Peters intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Although most of the starters didn't take a snap in the preseason, Rams quarterback Jared Goff looked like he didn't miss a beat, completing 18 of his 33 passes (54.5 percent) for 233 yards and two touchdowns.

It's the biggest spread of the week as of now and it's unlikely to change much before Sunday. And there's still plenty of room for improvement.

Bruce Irvin forces a fumble - The defensive highlight of Monday night belonged to Bruce Irvin, who got to Rams quarterback Jared Goff in the second quarter, forcing a fumble that was ultimately recovered by Los Angeles. He never showed up for an OTA, he never showed up for training camp and it was obvious he wasn't going to show up for the season, so don't forget that.

The Raiders defense was sacked up by the crowd at O.Co Coliseum during the first half of Monday night's game, but once the adrenaline wore off, that unit got absolutely exposed. They have some talented people out there. A report surfaced recently that the Rams offered the Raiders a "pretty aggressive" trade package for Mack, which Oakland declined.

But the Rams' defense made adjustments after the first half and posted a shutout in the second.

The Oakland Raiders came into Week 1 with high expectations, and after a strong first half, it looked like they just may hang with NFC West champion Los Angeles. Here's a look at the snap counts from the first week of the season.

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