LA Rams 19 Oakland Raiders 15

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Photo by Sean M. Haffey

It was the Rams’ second-string offensive line that really changed the early game action from a week ago. Whether it was the personnel changes (OT Cornelius Lucas out, rookie OL Joseph Noteboom in) or the difference between the Ravens’ starters and the Raiders’ backups on the D-line, the big boys up front for the Rams gave QB Sean Mannion much more time to operate today. And he looked much better as a result. Not sparkling, but better.

Beyond that, the second half was mostly about the deep tail end of the roster. Not sure how relevant the majority of the gameplay was to anything beyond September 1 when the Rams have to cut the roster down.

Both teams rested nearly all of their presumptive starters and used no significant parts of their playbook, thanks in part to a weird NFL scheduling decision that forced these teams to play an exhibition 23 days before they meet in their regular-season opener in Oakland.