Raiders Outlast Rams in Preseason Thriller 17-16

Los Angeles Rams #16 Bryce Perkins (QB) being chase by Las Vegas Raiders #39 Nate Hobbs (CB). Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

8/21/21 INGLEWOOD, CA - The Los Angeles Rams (0-1) and the Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) squared off at So-Fi Stadium for their second preseason game, and when the dust settled, the Raiders won 17-16.

Nathan Peterman started the at quarterback for the Raiders finished the night completing 16 of 24 passes for 172-yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Bryce Perkins got the start for the Rams at quarterback, played the whole game, and completed 26 of 39 passes for 208-yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, but played a solid game

It was pretty solid. Love to clean up some of the mistakes I had early on and throughout the game, but (Head) Coach (Sean McVay) did a great job of… coaches, and the players really kind of put it on ourselves to kind of look past the mistakes. Mistakes happen and we did a great job of next play mentality and just came up short. But a lot of those early mistakes can prevent that situation from happening. But lots to learn from. A lot of good, a lot to learn, a lot of bad…not a lot of bad but some things to fix up here and we'll be in good shape.”

The Raiders scored on their second possession of the game in the first quarter after Trey Ragas scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, and the extra-point was good as the Raiders led 7-0.

The Rams in the second quarter got the first turnover of the game after an interception by J.R.Reed to give the Rams the first down on the Raiders 40-yard line.

Perkins capped off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to their tight-end Kendall Blanton with 9:07 left in the first half, and the Rams tied the game a 7-7.

Matt Gay gave the Rams a 10-7 lead after kicking a 36-yard field goal with 1:37 left in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Raiders cornerback Nate Hobb intercepted the pass attempt to TuTu Atwell from Perkins at the Las Vegas 40-yard line. The Raiders tied the game 10-10 with a 29-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson.

Los Angeles Rams #35 Brontae Harris (SS) intercepting Nathan Peterman's pass to Las Vegas Raiders #18 Keelan Doss (WR). Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

The defense for the Rams had another takeaway in the fourth quarter when strong-safety Brontae Harris intercepted the pass to Keelan Doss from Peterman at their 15-yard line.

The Raiders regained the lead 17-10 with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Peterman to Marcell Alterman.

The Rams bounced trailed the Raiders by one point 17-16 in the fourth quarter after Perkins threw a two-yard touchdown pass to their tight-end Jacob Harris.

Moments later, Dallin Leavitt, the safety for the Raiders, knocked down the two-point conversion pass from Perkins to Harris to end the threat.

The Rams were hoping to get the ball back with an onside kick, but wide receiver Dillon Stoner recovered the ball to help the Raiders secure their second win in the preseason.

Las Vegas Raiders #3 Nathan Peterman (QB) throwing a pass down to one of his open receivers. Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

Despite losing to the Raiders (2-0), and the Rams falling to (0-2), coach Sean McVay was thrilled about the way Perkins his quarterback played tonight and living up to his expectation.

"It's exciting. I thought he did a really good job of being able to create off-schedule but also on-schedule. You look at the touchdown pass earlier in the game to (TE) Kendall Blanton, being able to work through a progression. I thought you saw a lot of good things from him, a lot of opportunities to evaluate, a lot of things really for him to learn from. But I was really pleased with just his poise, his command, and composure throughout the course of the game tonight."

Coach McVay liked how the Rams defense played tonight, gave them a chance to win the game, just came up short at the end of the game..

"I was really happy with them. I thought they did a great job. I thought they just continued to compete. That stop, that interception that (DB) Brontae Harris had in front of me, they're going in to really score right there, to be able to flip the momentum and give ourselves a chance to go back and now you've got a decision whether you want to tie and we know we're going to try to go for the win in that situation. And so really I was pleased with the defense as a whole. I thought the turnover was huge and we were able to capitalize in the first half. So, a lot of positives from those guys tonight."

After the game, I asked the Raiders head coach Jon Gruden what pleased him the most about the way his offense and defense played tonight against the Rams.

"I like our grit," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said afterward. "Our young people have gotten better and found a way to win two football games, no matter what the stakes are."

J.J.Koski led the Rams in receptions with eight catches for 64-yards, and Alex Ellis for the Raiders had four catches for 41-yards.

The Rams will play their last preseason game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, and the Raiders will travel up north to take on the San Francisco 49ers. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #larams #nfl #raiders #losangelesrams #lasvegasraiders #nathanpeterman #bryceperkins #brontaeharris #profootball #tgsportstv1