INGLEWOOD – Raider Nation was out in force at SoFi stadium in Los Angeles for the first time as the Las Vegas Raiders topped the Los Angeles Rams 17-16 after a chippy week of joint practices in Thousand Oaks.
Nathan Peterman got his second consecutive start of the preseason and looked sluggish for most of the night, fumbling the ball and throwing an interception in the second frame alone, but saved his best performance of the night for the fourth quarter.
Peterman went 10-of-15 with one touchdown and two interceptions in a game where Raiders reserves and players fighting for a roster spot saw all of the action. Trey Ragas scored the first TD of the game early in the first on a 4th and short situation to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. It was the second consecutive week ragas scored on 4th and short on the Silver and Black’s opening drive.
J.R. Reed had another big game for the Rams as he picked off Peterman in the second quarter which set up a Bryce Perkins to Kendall Blanton TD just two plays later to even the score at 7-7. Perkins, who went the distance for the Rams, was a bright spot for Los Angeles, throwing 26-39 with 2 TDs and 1 INT and avoided tackles all night.
Linebacker Chris Garrett also shined for the Rams, sacking Peterman in the 2nd which forced a fumble that the Raiders managed to recover. Kicker Matt Gay also booted a 36 yarder shortly before the half to give Los Angeles a 10-7 lead heading into the locker room.
Raiders young defenders step up
On the defensive side of the ball for the Raiders, LB Tanner Muse recorded a sack on third down on the Rams opening drive of the second half. The bigger story on the drive, however, was UNLV product Javin White being carted off the field after a knee injury. White recorded one tackle and was impressive in coverage as well.
Cornerback Nate Hobbs also picked off Bryce Perkins on a long ball at the Raiders’ 40-yard line in the third quarter. The turnover allowed Peterman to drive the ball 49 yards in nine plays to set up a 29-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson to even the tally 10-10. Hobbs continues to be the preseason MVP and a strong candidate to earn the starting slot corner position.
Early in the fourth, Peterman was picked off for the second time on a throw to Keelan Doss but the Rams were unable to convert the turnover into points as Matt Gay’s 53-yarder to take the lead was blocked by Darius Philon.
On the ensuing drive, Peterman shot the ball to Marcell Ateman to connect on a 23-yard touchdown that gave the Silver and Black a 17-10 lead.
The Rams were not done yet. Perkins managed to drive the Rams offense 78 yards down the field to score a touchdown to TE Jacob Harris with just under 20 seconds remaining. The Rams opted to go for two with 15 seconds remaining but Perkins overthrew Harris for the go-ahead play, sealing the win for the Raiders.
Raider fans in Southern California will have another chance to see the Raiders when they return to SoFi Stadium on October 4th in a Monday Night contest against the Chargers.
Las Vegas ends their preseason against San Francisco on August 29. The Rams will travel to Denver on August 28 for their only road game of the preseason.