Week one is over in the NFL and if you're an Oakland Raiders fan, yikes. The Raiders have had plenty of drama throughout the offseason: Jon Gruden and his contract, Martavis Bryant's possible suspension, and Khalil Mack getting traded away. Well, it was finally time for the Raiders to prove that they could overcome the adversity around them and pull out a win, and it didn't go as planned.
The Raiders took a beating against the Los Angeles Rams 33-13 after an incredibly impressive first half, where the game was deadlocked at 13-13 at the break. Going into the locker room fans had to be impressed with Jon Gruden and his up-tempo offense giving the Rams defense fits, and Derek Carr looked like 2016 Derek Carr. With an incredible 20/24 with 195 yards. Carr's play completely shifted in the second half, finishing 29/40 with 0 TD's and 3 INT's.
Carr wasn't the only problem with Oakland's offense, besides the one run on the first drive where Marshawn Lynch looked like vintage beast mode, he was nowhere to be found the rest of the contest. Lynch went for 41 yards on 11 carries and was no match for the stout Rams defensive line.
The highlight offensively for the Raiders was the veteran tight end Jared Cook who showed out with 9 receptions for 120 yards. Cook was the sole bright spot in an otherwise troubling debut for Gruden's Raiders.
The absence of Khalil Mack was definitely felt on the defensive side of the ball, as Rams QB Jared Goff had little to no pressure on him throughout the course of the game. Goff was only sacked one time by linebacker Bruce Irvin and gave up a whopping 300 passing yards.
Oakland has plenty to work on after week one, but the expectations set for Gruden and his new squad would be hard to live up to against the super bowl contending Los Angeles Rams. This year will be an interesting one for the Raiders, especially with the move to Las Vegas looming in a couple years.