Monday Night Football: Raiders Host the Rams in Late Tilt

Oakland Raiders Football

All Eyes on Gruden’s Return to Raiders

The Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders face off in the late game on Monday Night Football. Oakland Alameda Coliseum is the site of the clash and kickoff is scheduled for 10:20 pm EST.

Oddsmakers opened the Rams as 2-point favorites versus the Raiders, while the game’s total opened at 50. The Rams are now 6-point favorites. The total is at 47.5.

Jon Gruden‘s second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders was supposed to begin with a matchup between two of the NFL’s best defensive players. Oakland squashed that showdown. They traded superstar Khalil Mack last weekend to the Cleveland Browns.

They will need to receive phenomenal efforts from his replacements when it hosts the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Oakland’s defense was suspect at best with Mack. It figures to be considerably weaker with him gone.

Gruden was given a 10-year, $100 million contract to return to the sideline for the first time since 2008 with Tampa Bay. He never even got to meet Mack. Mack is a three-time Pro Bowler and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.

He was a holdout during preseason before being dealt to Chicago. Mack signed to a six-year, $141 million deal – last Saturday.

Raiders Will Have High Powered Offense

Derek Carr passed for 3,496 yards and 22 touchdowns last year. He joined Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards and 20 scores in each of their first four seasons.

Carr lost one of his favorite targets in Michael Crabtree. He gained a new one in Jordy Nelson. He was signed to a two-year contract in March after being released by Green Bay. Nelson recorded at least 1,250 receiving yards in four of nine seasons.

Bruce Irvin has been moved from linebacker to defensive end. It is in an effort to compensate for the departure of Mack. The team also hopes to receive contributions from newcomer Tank Carradine and rookies Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall and Arden Key.

Oakland may need to rely on Doug Martin. He was a two-time 1,400-yard rusher with Tampa Bay. Marshawn Lynch has a groin issue and was limited during Thursday’s practice. He is questionable for Monday’s contest.

Rams Looking for Big Season in 2018

The Rams were able to come to terms with their defensive stud a day before the Raiders parted with theirs. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald inked a six-year, $135 million contract last Friday.

Donald is a four-time Pro Bowler who was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014. He was also Player of the Year in 2017.

Los Angeles is looking to build off a season in which it captured its first division title since 2003. It was with a first-year coach in Sean McVay and an inexperienced quarterback in the 23-year-old Jared Goff.

McVay stated on Thursday that Donald is ready to face Oakland despite missing the entire preseason due to his holdout. Donald leads all NFL defensive tackles with 39 sacks since 2014. He has proven to be a fast starter as he recorded two sacks in the 2015 season opener and one in his 2017 debut.

Goff led Los Angeles to a league-best average of 29.9 points per game last year. He was kept out of all of the team’s preseason games and may rely heavily on Todd Gurley.  Gurley led the NFL in 2017 with 29 rushing touchdowns en route to being named the Offensive Player of the Year.

PREDICTION: Rams 44, Raiders 24

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
LA Rams 11-6 9-8 28.88 20.88 8 4-5 5-3 10-6-1 3-5-1 7-1
Oakland 6-10 5-9-2 18.81 23.31 -4.5 3-4-1 2-5-1 5-11 3-5 2-6
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
LAR 12.52 16.23 -3.71
OAK 17.23 15.02 2.2
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
LAR 11.83 10.86 0.97
OAK 10.46 10.65 -0.19
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
LAR 4.40 4.56 -0.16
OAK 4.20 4.03 0.17
Team Records

Los Angeles Rams

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 11-6 4-5 7-1 9-8 4-5 5-3 28.88 20.88 8.00
vs Conf 7-6 2-5 5-1 6-7 2-5 4-2 27.54 23.00 4.54
vs Div 4-2 1-2 3-0 3-3 1-2 2-1 28.50 18.67 9.83
Last 3 1-2 0-2 1-0 0-3 0-2 0-1 17.67 27.67 -10.00

Oakland Raiders

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 6-10 4-4 2-6 5-9-2 3-4-1 2-5-1 18.81 23.31 -4.50
vs Conf 5-7 3-3 2-4 4-7-1 3-3 1-4-1 20.00 24.17 -4.17
vs Div 2-4 2-1 0-3 2-4 2-1 0-3 17.17 22.17 -5.00
Last 3 0-3 0-1 0-2 1-1-1 0-0-1 1-1 12.33 23.00 -10.67

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 28.88 3 23.31 20
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 221.25 12 232.00 21
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 136.63 2 97.75 11
Hme Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 18.81 22 20.88 12
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 235.13 17 234.00 20
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 117.38 15 130.75 28

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
LA Rams 3-2 4-1 2-3 26.20 134.40 4.73 27.80 51.80 166.60 301.00 1.00
Oakland 2-3 1-4 2-3 12.80 104.40 4.05 39.60 60.61 226.40 330.80 3.40

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 30, 2014 OAK LAR 0-52 61 183 244 5 172 176 348 0
Sep 19, 2010 LAR OAK 14-16 75 135 210 1 173 231 404 2
Dec 17, 2006 LAR OAK 20-0 148 103 251 0 57 203 260 5
Oct 13, 2002 OAK LAR 13-28 65 302 367 3 158 164 322 1
Sep 28, 1997 LAR OAK 17-35 119 255 374 3 166 213 379 2
Nov 13, 1994 OAK LAR 20-17 0 0
Oct 20, 1991 LAR OAK 17-20 0 0
Sep 18, 1988 LAR OAK 22-17 0 0
Dec 23, 1985 OAK LAR 16-6 0 0
Dec 18, 1982 LAR OAK 31-37 0 0

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Los Angeles Rams

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jan 6, 2018 ATL 13-26 L -6/48 L/U 115 246 361 124 198 322 2 H
Dec 31, 2017 SF 13-34 L 6.5/44 L/O 102 149 251 171 292 463 -1 H
Dc 24, 2017 TEN 27-23 W -5.5/46 L/O 116 286 402 97 269 366 0 A
Dc 17, 2017 SEA 42-7 W 1/47.5 W/O 244 108 352 78 142 149 -1 A
Dec 10, 2017 PHI 35-43 L 1/47 L/O 109 198 307 139 316 455 1 H

Oakland Raiders

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 31, 2017 LAC 10-30 L 6.5/43 L/U 105 231 336 115 380 495 2 A
Dc 25, 2017 PHI 10-19 L 10/46 W/U 137 137 274 78 138 216 3 A
Dec 17, 2017 DAL 17-20 L 3/46 P/U 122 171 293 126 204 330 -1 H
Dc 10, 2017 KC 15-26 L 4.5/48.5 L/U 70 198 268 165 243 408 2 A
Dec 3, 2017 NYG 24-17 W -10/42.5 L/U 119 282 401 65 200 265 -1 H

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Arizona Sunday, September 16
Oakland at Denver Sunday, September 16

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