The St. Louis Rams are hoping to improve to 5-7 with a win against the Oakland Raiders, who avoided a winless season.
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The Oakland Raiders are bound to have more confidence than ever as they will not be joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in the 0-16 club following a home win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Raiders received a stellar performance from running back Latavius Murray as he ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, but his glory was short-lived as he left the game with a concussion.
Quarterback Derek Carr achieved his first game-winning drive and win of his NFL career, and the defense made the stop on the Chiefs’ final drive despite a couple of penalties. Defensive end Justin Tuck wisely called a timeout before a costly celebration penalty was about to be called.
The Raiders will have to play without Murray, who is still recovering from his concussion.
Meanwhile, the Rams are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the San Diego Chargers. The Rams were in the Chargers’ red zone on their final drive, but quarterback Shaun Hill threw a game-ending interception.
Wide receiver Stedman Bailey looked solid though as he caught six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams have proven that they are capable of competing with any team in the NFL as demonstrated by their upsets of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, but their difficult schedule is clearly taking a toll on them.
However, they will catch a break at home against a Raiders team that still has a lot to prove.
Prediction: Rams 24, Raiders 17