The Los Angeles Rams downed the Oakland Raiders 19-15 Saturday in a mostly forgettable game – unless your name is Chris Warren III. The team’s return to its former home – the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – ended the same way it did in 1994 . . . with a loss.
The Raiders misfired offensively often in their loss to their regular season Week 1 opponent, but it was the big, bruising running back Warren who was the lone star on offense. Warren finished with 18 carries, 110 yards and one touchdown.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) August 18, 2018
There were bright spots on defense for the Raiders as linebackers Marquel Lee and Nicholas Morrow made strong statements as they fight for starting roles with veterans such as Derrick Johnson.
As usual, penalties were another trouble spot for the Raiders. They finished with 10 penalties for a whopping 101 yards.
Here’s what fans and others had to say on social media:
The #Raiders' secondary looks like they've been coached much better than previous seasons. Yes, talent has improved slightly, but the fundamentals look vastly improved across the board.
Derrick Ansley deserves a lot of credit.
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) August 18, 2018
Chris Warren: 16 carries, 104 yards, TD
Judging right now, you can’t put that man on the practice squad after his first 2 preseason performances.#Raiders
— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) August 18, 2018
— AFL Godfather (@NFLMAVERICK) August 18, 2018
— Chris Townsend (@townsendradio) August 18, 2018
Al Davis Lives. Alive and well in LA.#raidernation@CorkOnTheNFL @VicTafur @GehlkenNFL @BairNBCS @PGutierrezESPN @BWilliamsonNFL @RaidersBeat
Let’s go! PS with #Raiders being back at the LA coliseum I’m rockin the authentic @81TimBrown jersey. pic.twitter.com/Ezan9JVTh3
— Jon Colburn (@cburn21) August 18, 2018
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) August 18, 2018
LA Memorial Coliseum yet to fill. But based on parking lot, crowd could consist of 80 percent Raiders fans. And that may be generous to Rams. pic.twitter.com/qKaYNF8Ldz
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 18, 2018
Looks like a home game for the Raiders. pic.twitter.com/uRdyIEn7Qb
— Chris Reed (@ChrisReed_NFL) August 18, 2018