Raiders vs. Rams: Vegas continues work toward the regular season

David Stepanian
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Raiders vs. Rams at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, with fans for the first time, on Saturday, comes after a contentious week of practice this week. Raiders vs. Rams in the preseason looks to be the typical affair, but this week’s practices, and skirmishes between the teams, make it a bit more fun to watch.

Fans shouldn’t expect to see many starters from either side of the ball but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a raucous crowd in Inglewood heavily leaning towards the Silver and Black.

In addition, the fights and scrums that broke out between the two teams this week at joint practices in Thousand Oaks should fan the flames during Raiders vs. Rams.

Raiders vs. Rams QB news

Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to practice this week after a sore leg kept him from seeing any snaps during last week’s preseason opener against Seattle. Third-string Nathan Peterman played mostly in the win over the Seahawks and should see another healthy dose of snaps too. The prospect of seeing Mariota take the field on Saturday seems to be one of the bright spots for fans attending or watching the game.

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden looks to learn more about his team before next week’s round of cuts. Photo: Matt Aguirre/Raiders

Las Vegas traveled to Thousand Oaks this week for joint practices with the Rams that got a little out of hand at times but was an effective measuring stick for where the rebuilt Raiders defense is heading toward the real thing in September.

Jon Gruden admitted, “You might not see the starters in the Rams game as much as you’ll see them if you were at practice.”

The Raiders are currently the biggest favorite of preseason Week 2 at 6.5 points but it’ll be hard to bite with the knowledge that we’ll mostly see backups again. Expect to see Trey Ragas get another heavy load of carries and, assuming Mariota starts, it’s doubtful he’ll see the second half.

The Rams will have their fair share of defensive players trying to make the 53-man roster. Cornerback Brontae Harris and safety J.R. Reed played a large chunk in a low-scoring affair with the Chargers last week and they’ll look to keep their momentum going against the Raiders.

The Raiders vs. Rams matchup with be shown on local TV, streaming for NFL GamePass users, and on various radio outlets.

Prediction: Raiders 17, Rams 14