Looking for their first win streak of the year, the Raiders offense looked inept for almost the entire first half as nothing was working for them. Derek Carr and the Raiders offense started the game with three straight three and outs. In fact, the Raiders didn’t get their first first down until under two minutes remaining in the first quarter when Carr found wide receiver James Jones. At that point, the Rams were already up 21-0 after scoring a touchdown on each of their first three possessions.
The Rams got on the board quickly with their first possession with a screen to the right to rookie running back Tre Mason on the right side who scampered 35 yards for the early 7-0 lead.
The Raiders defense didn’t look any better on the next play as the Rams stuck to their apparent gameplan of short passes, rendering the Raiders pass rush worthless. The Rams promptly drove back down the field again, this time scoring on a naked bootleg by quarterback Shaun Hill for the touchdown to make it 14-0.
Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey torched second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden for much of the first half, finishing with five receptions for 100 yards in the first quarter alone. That includes a beautiful one-handed catch for 24 yards, that set up a jet sweep to wide receiver Tavon Austin for the touchdown to put the home team up 21-0.
The defense certainly didn’t get any better on the next drive, as Mason showed his big-play capabilities once again when he bursted through the middle of the defense for an 89-yard touchdown to put the Rams up 28-0.
The Raiders offense finally got a little something going at the end of the half, getting into Rams territory but were once again forced to punt as they went into the locker room at halftime down 38-0 after the Rams capitalized on a couple of interceptions thrown by Carr.
The Raiders looked like they would get into a flow in the third quarter, but once again had a costly turnover, their third of the day. Fullback Marcel Reece did a nice job cutting back but had the ball punched out with the Rams recovering.
After forcing another punt, the Raiders offense got it going again but faced a fourth down in which they decided to go for. Carr dropped back under extreme pressure and threw the ball up for grabs, but it fell to the grass to turn the ball over on downs.
Hill and the Rams offense once again drove down the field, and of course it was Mason with another touchdown on the day. The young running back took the run to the right side and fought off Raiders defenders to dive into the end zone for the touchdown.
Interim head coach Tony Sparano decided it was time to turn to veteran quarterback Matt Schaub to see if he could do anything with the offense. After moving down the field nicely, the veteran quarterback held the ball too long and was sacked and fumbled the ball, only to have Chris Long recover it for the fourth Raiders turnover.
But that wouldn’t be it for the Rams defense, as Schaub returned for the next drive and completed what seems to be a common move by him - the pick six. Schaub didn’t put enough air under a ball and found it picked off by Trumaine Johnson who returned it 43 yards for the touchdown to put the Rams up 52-0.
The Raiders would be unable to score, getting shutout on the game and losing 52-0 in the end.
Things don’t get easier for the Raiders as they return home to take on the San Francisco 49er’s next week.