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Raiders return to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time since 1994

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The Oakland Raiders will make their first road trip of the 2018 preseason with an away contest against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 1:00 p.m. PT. This will mark the Silver and Black's first return to the Coliseum since 1994, when the club relocated to Oakland from Los Angeles. The Raiders will play the Rams in preseason action for the second consecutive season. Just three weeks following the conclusion of their preseason tilt, the two clubs will kick off their 2018 regular season in Oakland on Monday Night Football, marking their first regular season matchup since 2014.

In his return to the sideline, Head Coach Jon Gruden led his team to a 16-10 victory in the club's preseason home opener against the Detroit Lions. While most starters were only on the field for one series of play, including QB Derek Carr, TE Jared Cook, WR Amari Cooper, C Rodney Hudson, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Jordy Nelson and G/T Kelechi Osemele, a total of 76 players out of the club's 90-man roster appeared in game action.

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The Setting
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. PT
Site: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Surface: Bandera Bermuda
Preseason: Raiders lead, 12-8
Regular Season: Series tied, 8-5
Postseason: N/A
General overall view of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum peristyle and Olympic torch during renovation in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The $270 million project funded by USC includes the construction of a structure on the south side of the stadium with suites, loge boxes, club seats, concourse and press box, and replacement of every seat. The renovation will reduce seating capacity to 77,500 and  is scheduled to be completed in 2019 on the stadium, which hosted the opening closing ceremonies of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games and Super Bowl I. (Kirby Lee via AP)

Oakland will travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams in Week 2, which marks the second straight year the two teams have faced each other in the preseason. 

Next week, the Raiders will return to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for their third preseason contest as they take on the Green Bay Packers. The Silver and Black will conclude their preseason slate on the road the following week against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams will stay in Los Angeles to face the Houston Texans, before traveling to New Orleans the following week to wrap up their exhibition slate against the Saints.

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Broadcast Information (Television)
KTVU-2/KICU-36 (Bay Area)
KVVU (Las Vegas)
Play-by-play: Beth Mowins
Color Analyst: Matt Millen and Rich Gannon
Sideline: John Tournour "JT The Brick"
Executive Producers: Vittorio DeBartolo and Brad Phinney
Producer: Mark Shah
Director: Sean LaRett

Here are some notable connections between the Raiders and the Rams:

-Head Coach Sean McVay began his NFL coaching career as an assistant wide receivers coach for Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay in 2008. 

-Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson spent the 2017 season with the Rams as the quarterbacks coach. Olson also served as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2006-07. 

-Raiders director of football research Dave Razzano spent 15 seasons with the Rams, serving as a college/pro scout from 1992-2006.

-Raiders TE Jared Cook played three seasons with the St. Louis Rams from 2013-15, setting a career-high with five touchdown receptions in 2013. 

-Raiders TE Derek Carrier spent the past season with the Rams, playing in 14 games with three starts and recording eight catches for 71 yards.

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Broadcast Information (Radio)
Raiders Radio Network
Flagship: KCBS
Play-by-play: Brent Musburger
Color Analyst: Lincoln Kennedy
Sideline: Chris Townsend
Spanish Flagship: La Z 1490-AM/107.5-FM
Play-by-play: Fernando Arias
Color Analyst: Ambrosio Rico

The Silver and Black will return home to host the Green Bay Packers for Week 3 of the preseason, the third time since 2014 that the Packers and Raiders will play in the preseason.

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