NFL Analysis: Preseason Week 2 Raiders vs Rams
Garoppolo Shows His Worth on the Pitch
A healthy Garoppolo will make the Raiders an exciting team this year, both on the field and on NFL Lines.
In contrast to Sean McVay’s tactics, Josh McDaniels, the Raiders’ head coach, and Garoppolo saw value in participating in the preseason, even at the risk of injuries. Despite the dangers, Garoppolo’s performance was error-free, resulting in a smooth 7-yard TD run by Brandon Bolden. For Garoppolo, this game marked his return to the field after his last appearance in December, when he suffered a foot injury in Miami. This injury saw Brock Purdy rise to fame as he led the San Francisco 49ers to a win.
The Raiders’ strategic game plan was not fully disclosed by McDaniels before the game, but the match at SoFi Stadium saw several of the Raiders’ key players in action. Star receiver Davante Adams made his appearance, but surprisingly, Garoppolo didn’t pass to him. On the other side, for the Rams, Stetson Bennett, a two-time national champion from Georgia, had a mixed performance, showcasing both his talents and making significant mistakes. One of his most notable errors was a miscommunication with Tyler Johnson, resulting in a 50-yard interception touchdown by Raiders’ safety Isaiah Pola-Mao.
Backup quarterbacks had their share of the spotlight too. Brian Hoyer, considered Garoppolo’s backup, made a costly mistake that Rams’ linebacker Jacob Hummel capitalized on for a 21-yard interception touchdown. Aidan O’Connell, the Raiders’ rookie from Purdue, came in the second half, showcasing promising talent by throwing touchdown passes to Cam Sims and Kristian Wilkerson in successive drives.
The Rams’ offense lacked consistency, regardless of who was quarterbacking. Their performance over the last two games leaves a lot to be desired. But there were surprises, like Aaron Donald participating in pregame warmups fully dressed. However, he stayed in street clothes throughout the game. McVay later revealed that Donald was preparing for a personal commitment – the imminent birth of his child.
With Bobby Wagner’s release, Jake Hummel has been shining as the Rams’ starting linebacker, proving his worth in both games, especially with his pick-six against the Raiders.
The battle for the starting position at right guard has been heating up in the Raider’s camp. After Alex Bars’ inconsistent performances last season, Greg Van Roten has been making a strong case to secure the starting spot for 2023. Based on the past two games, Van Roten appears to have solidified his position as the starting right guard, showcasing consistency and reliability.
In terms of injuries, the Raiders’ Darien Butler experienced a couple of rough moments in the initial quarter but managed to continue. Meanwhile, the Rams’ Logan Bruss had to leave mid-game. This marks another unfortunate event for Bruss, who missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury. Keep a close eye on these injuries if you plan to bet on both teams as they can affect NFL Odds.
In conclusion, the preseason clash between the Raiders and the Rams provided fans and analysts with insights into the strategies, strengths, and areas of improvement for both teams. While Garoppolo’s successful debut for the Raiders hints at an exciting season ahead, both teams have essential decisions to make based on their players’ performances.