St. Louis Rams vs. Oakland Raiders Staff Predictions


The St. Louis Rams continue heading down the home stretch of their schedule on Sunday, facing the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome. It will mark the first time Oakland has visited St. Louis since October 13, 2002, when the Rams won 28-13, and will be only the second time the Raiders have visited the Rams since their relocation to St. Louis in 1995. The teams haven’t met in any venue since September 19, 2010, when the Raiders came out on top, 16-14.

Here’s how our Arch Authority staff believes that Sunday’s matchup will play out:

Patrick Karraker, Editor: “The Rams got their biggest win of the Jeff Fisher era two weeks ago when they took down the Denver Broncos. They can do the opposite on Sunday if they lose to the 1-10 Oakland Raiders. The Rams’ specialty all season has been limiting the opponent’s pass offense, and there’s no excuse for them not to do that against an Oakland passing game led by Derek Carr that has struggled to get things going all season long. Obviously there’s always the concern of the Rams dipping to the level of their competition, which seems to be a negative theme throughout the past three years, but look for the Rams to continue their six-week-long trend of winning every other week.” Rams 27, Raiders 7

Scott Criscione, Staff Writer: “Thankfully Kansas City did what Rams fans feared most… lose to a winless team. The Raiders have played well since Tony Sparano took over. If the Rams want to win this game, they have to establish the run and keep Derek Carr on his back side. This will be close.” Rams 20, Raiders 17