Story and photo by R. Mascardo
OAKLAND — As Monday night match-up between the Raiders and the Rams progressed, the difference between the coaches on each side line started to show until the Rams put the game out of reach in a 33-13 win.
After trailing 10-7 in what was Jon Gruden’s return to coaching the Raiders, the Rams took over in the second half, outscoring the home team 23-0 in that span. Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips baited Derek Carr into throwing three interceptions, including a 50 yard pick-six to Marcus Peters with two minutes remaining.
On the offensive side, Jared Goff threw 229 yards and two touchdowns while running back Todd Gurley carried the ball 20 times for 108 yards in the opening game of Sean McVay’s second year as head coach.
Gruden had his first game as coach of the Raiders (0-1) since the end of 2001 season. He was traded to Tampa Bay after that season and beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl the following year. He has been announcing for ESPN for the past nine season before Raiders owner Mark Davis finally lured him back to the delight of the Raiders fans.
Carr threw an interception in the end zone to Johnson in the second quarter and another in the fourth quarter when he tried to pull back the ball in the last minute.
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