Raiders Rapid Reaction from Game 2 of the preseason

An unfortunate night for Ken Norton Jr., a strong cameo for Carr & Co.

Karl Buscheck
August 19, 2017 - 10:10 pm
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OAKLAND — Rapid reaction from Week 2 of the preseason at the Coliseum ...

1) Rough night for Ken Norton Jr.'s crew

Maligned defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. could not have been thrilled with the performance of his starting group in the 24-21 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The defense had no answers for Jared Goff in the first half, as the Rams quarterback sprayed passes around the field. The former Cal star was 16-for-120, racking up 160 yards

The night began in ominous fashion, as the guests marched down the field for an eight-play, 85-yard drive to open up the game. That sequence culminated in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Cooper Kupp, a third-round pick in April's draft.

A rare, if not unexpected bright spot was Khalil Mack.

No. 52 barged past a couple of Rams on the second series, taking Goff to the ground for a 10-yard loss.

2) Carr, Cooper, Crab and Marshawn — if only for a series — all showed up

Derek Carr returned to the Coliseum field for the first time since his ill-fated Christmas Eve, and looked awfully crisp.

The silver and black QB had some rust — like when he tossed an interception to Trumaine Johnson on the second series of the game. But the results were overwhelmingly positive.

On the first drive of the game, Carr connected with Lee Smith for a 19-yard TD, slipping his pass between a pair of LA defenders.

On the opening drive of the second quarter, Carr, who ended the evening with 100 yards (7-for-9, 2 TDs, 1 INT), produced noteworthy moments with both of his top targets — Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

First, Carr delivered a 31-yard jump ball to Cooper, who ended up with the football even as three Rams converged. That play led to a 13-yard touchdown strike to Crabtree, which ended in embarrassment for Rams cornerback Troy Hill.

3) Anthem update

In Lynch's first game in his hometown, the Raiders running back once again sat for the anthem.

Beast Mode was largely hidden from view, sitting on the bench, surrounded by several orange Gatorade coolers.

Up on the sideline, Carr stood alongside Mack, his hand resting on the DPOY's shoulder throughout the duration of the anthem.

Meanwhile rookie safety Shalom Luani, a seventh-round pick in April, knelt for half the anthem before rising to his feet for the rest of the song.

On Friday, Jimmy Collins, Luani's former coach with the CCSF Rams, joined “The Greg Papa Show” W/ Bonta Hill.

4) This and that …

Sean Smith, arrested for felony assault on Thursday, started at corner.

Seth Roberts was a last-minute scratch. The wide receiver was not among the Raiders initial six inactives, but the team announced that the wideout would not be dressing five minutes before kickoff.

EJ Manuel ended his shift with an almost impossibly bad line: 3-for-9 for 16 yards. The veteran QB, who supplanted Carr on the final drive of the first half, gave way to Connor Cook with 58 seconds to go in the third quarter.

Rams linebacker Carlos Thompson had to be carted off the field with 9:25 left in the game after injuring his leg. Carr went out to talk to the LB before he left the field. Thomas rose his fist into the air, to signal to the crowd, as the cart headed off.  

The Raiders announced an attendance of 53,659, a sellout.

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