Los Angeles Rams: Grades for Week 1 against the Raiders

Jon Gruden throws all the blame on Khalil Mack

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Once Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams offense got started after sitting out the entire preseason, they couldn't be stopped.

Gruden had said leading up to Monday night's game that Mack "didn't want" to be in Oakland anymore.

While the numbers for the late game between the Raiders and the Rams seemed to have held steady with past year, that too could be a misleading fact.

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California.

Silver: Well, I will say that I talked to one Rams defender who basically told me that. "So had a half to kind of trade blows with them and then second half had a good feeling for what they was trying to do".

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The defense also paid dividends as new Ram Marcus Peters got on the scoreboard with a 50-yard interception return for the score. Linebacker Cory Littleton intercepted a haphazard pass by Derek Carr with less than eight minutes to play.

"We have to get ready to play", Gruden said. Peters said. "You see how we looked pretty cool". "Obviously, we didn't get to Goff enough, and we didn't get to Gurley enough".

Aaron Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, reported 10 days before the opener after signing a six-year, $135-million contract extension, to end a contract dispute that dated to 2017.

Mack's first game with Chicago went well - a sack, a pick AND a TD - and Romanowski isn't at all surprised that the Raiders are feeling some immediate remorse.

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