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Game Notes: Oakland Raiders 21 Los Angeles Rams 24

Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree

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Raiders 21, Rams 24

The Raiders fell to the Los Angeles Rams in their first home game of the preseason by a score of 24-21.

The Raiders loss snaps the team’s four-game win streak over the Rams, dating back to Aug. 8, 2003.

With the Rams’ victory, the Silver and Black now hold a 12-8 advantage against the Rams in preseason action, and now own a 129-131-1 all-time record in the preseason.

**Starters - Offense

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WR Michael Crabtree

T Marshall Newhouse

G/T Kelechi Osemele

C Rodney Hudson

G Gabe Jackson

G/T Vadal Alexander

TE Lee Smith

WR Amari Cooper

QB Derek Carr

RB Marshawn Lynch

TE Jared Cook

Starters - Defense

DE Khalil Mack

DE Mario Edwards Jr.

DT Eddie Vanderdoes

LB Bruce Irvin

LB Nicholas Morrow

LB Cory James

CB David Amerson

CB Sean Smith

CB TJ Carrie

S Reggie Nelson

S Karl Joseph


Game Themes

*DE Khalil Mack *records sack in 2017 preseason debut

*QB Derek Carr *tosses two touchdowns in 2017 preseason debut

Three different Raiders score as Raiders’ offense finishes with 100% red zone efficiency (3-for-3)

Raider Debuts

**RB Marshawn Lynch

**

Debuting in the Silver and Black, Lynch rushed two times for 10 yards with a 6-yard long, helping his offense to a first-possession score. 

Lynch exited the game following the opening drive, which culminated in a touchdown pass from QB Derek Carr *to *TE Lee Smith.

TE Jared Cook

On the opening possession and first passing play of the series, Cook hauled in his first reception in uniform for the Silver and Black, good for 16 yards.

Highlighting NFL Debuts

RB Elijah Hood

Hood made his debut in the Silver and Black on the first offensive series in the second half of play.

Hood finished the night rushing five times for 12 yards (2.4 avg.).

T David Sharpe

Sharpe made his Raiders debut at left tackle and was a part of an offensive line that did not surrender a sack until the final offensive play of the Raiders’ night.

Other Notables

QB Derek Carr

Playing for the first time this preseason, Carr completed both passes on the opening drive for 35 yards. The drive culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass to *TE Lee Smith *to tie the game at seven apiece.

The first scoring drive of the game was a four-play, 60-yard drive that lasted 1:41, the fastest scoring drive for the offense during the first two exhibition games.

Carr capped his evening by leading the offense down the field once more in the second quarter, executing an eight-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 4:22, culminating in a 13-yard score to WR Michael Crabtree.

Carr finished the night completing 7-of-9 attempts for 100 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, good for a passer rating of 113.0.

QB Connor Cook

Cook entered late in the third quarter for Oakland, with the Raiders trailing 17-14, and led the Raiders into the end zone with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter, as he connected with *WR Johnny Holton *for a 17-yard score and the lead.

The score was a first for both players in preseason action (2016 included).

Cook’s comeback fell short on the Raiders’ final offensive drive, but finished with a personal preseason-best 97.4 passer rating after completing 9-of-15 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

QB EJ Manuel

Splitting time at quarterback, Manuel entered the game with 2:49 left in the first half. He ended the second quarter completing 2-of-4 passes for 11 yards.

Manuel exited in the third quarter, finishing his night completing 3-of-9 passes for 16 yards, earning a passer rating of 42.4.

**DE Khalil Mack

**

In his first game of the 2017 preseason, Mack took down QB Jared Goff for a 10-yard sack, which led to a three-and-out for the Rams.

Mack ended his night after three defensive series, finishing with four tackles (three solo), two for loss and one sack.

WR Amari Cooper

On third-and-10 on the Raiders’ third offensive series of the game, Cooper made a spectacular grab in between three defenders for 31 yards and the first down.

In 2016, Cooper set a franchise record with 15 receptions of at least 25 yards, second most in the NFL. He also led the NFL with five touchdowns of at least 30 yards.

Cooper ended the game as the team’s leader with 46 yards on three receptions (15.3 avg.).

WR Michael Crabtree

Crabtree continued to be a reliable target for QB Derek Carr in his first game of the 2017 preseason, hauling in a 13-yard touchdown pass with 11:46 left in the first half.

Crabtree’s 17 regular season touchdown receptions from Carr are tied for sixth most in the NFL since 2015.

Crabtree’s score was the culmination of an eight-play, 65-yard drive lasting 4:22 to tie the game at 14. His touchdown reception was his only reception of his short evening.

WR Johnny Holton

With 6:30 left to play in the final frame, QB Connor Cook connected with Holton for 17 yards and the score, capping an 11-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 5:52.

His touchdown reception was his only catch of the night, while he also added one tackle on the special teams unit and one kick return for 16 yards.

LB Cory James

Through the first half of play, James led the NFL with 13 total tackles, per Radar 360.

James finished the night tied for second on the team (LB Jelani Jenkins) with six tackles (two solo).

TE Lee Smith

Known primarily as a blocking tight end, Smith hauled in the Raiders’ first touchdown of the night, a 19-yard reception over the middle from QB Derek Carr.

His touchdown reception marked his first score in preseason or regular season action since Week 13 of the 2015 campaign.

Smith recorded another grab in the first quarter, a 6-yard reception that set up the Raiders’ second touchdown of the night on the very next play.

Smith finished the night with two receptions for 25 yards (12.5 avg.) with one touchdown.

P Marquette King King punted five times for 234 yards (46.8 avg.) with a long of 55 yards, while pinning the Rams inside the 20-yard line two times.

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