The Rams will try to get their first win of the season and even up their record at 1-1 as they head on the road to face another vulnerable team in the Oakland Raiders.
The game will be shown live in St. Louis because it is an away game, but not if you live in Oakland because it must not be a sellout. But, if you are outside the Oakland market but not quite to Los Angeles, you will get the game. It’s weird, just check out the map. Sorry LA fans, if you would get any game I thought it would be this one, but not this time.
What to Watch For
- Sam Bradford – The Rams franchise player and cornerstone threw the ball 55 times in Week 1. Expect him to throw less and much less toward Mark Clayton as he is certainly going to draw Nnamdi Asomugha. Bradford has not faced a corner of Nnamdi Asomugha’s class. Will Bradford challenge him or just throw to the other side of the field and to the tight ends and running backs?
- Steven Jackson – Jackson hurt his knee in Week 1, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts in Week 2. The Raiders gave up a ton of rushing yards to Chris Johnson and the Titans in Week 1, so the Rams should look to take advantage of the Raiders weak run defense. Can Ken Darby get some carries to help the Rams wear down the Raiders? Oakland bit hard on Tennessee’s play action, so the Rams must make the Raiders fear the run to have open receivers down-field.
- Corner Depth – Will the Raiders spread out the Rams like the Cardinals did in Week 1 – exposing their lack of depth at corner? The Rams were forced to put in injured and out of position players to cover all the receivers and were burned for it. They had to get out of their successful defense and got hurt. Will the Raiders employ the same strategy? Can the Rams stop the multi-WR sets with a week to get ready for them?
- Mark Clayton – Clayton had 10 catches, a career high, in his first game with the Rams. As I said above, he should draw Nnamdi Asomugha and his catches will probably drop significantly. Can Laurent Robinson bounce back from another injury and step up with the chances he will get opposite Asomugha?
The Rams struggled to find a way to win against the Arizona Cardinals, a team that is accustomed to winning both in the regular season and in the playoffs. The Raiders are not as seasoned as the Cardinals and got blown out in Week 1. If the Cardinals were ripe for the taking in Week 1, the Raiders are almost over-ripe. Will they bounce back from the blowout against Tennessee, boldened with the Black Hole behind them? Or will they turn over if the Rams take an early lead? This is a great chance for the Rams to play a team that is equally as downtrodden in the past few years as they are. If the Rams are going to win 4-6 games this season, this is a game they must win.