ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 12: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams looks to get past Adrian Wilson #24 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL season opener at the Edward Jones Dome on September 12 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Rams 17-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

St. Louis Rams Fall To Oakland Raiders, 16-14

The Rams begin another season 0-2, but at least they're missing opportunities, instead of not having them.

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Oakland Raiders Fell St. Louis Rams 16-14

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Bruce Gradkowski replaced Jason Campbell after halftime and led Oakland to the go-ahead touchdown, as the Raiders held off the St. Louis Rams, 16-14, in their home opener.

Gradkowski completed 11-of-22 throws for 162 yards and was picked off once, while Campbell threw for 87 yards on 8-of-15 passing, with one interception.

Darren McFadden ran for 145 yards on 30 carries for Oakland (1-1), which was blown out by Tennessee, 38-13, in its opener.

“It’s a good win in that it’s the first of the year. Not a very pretty win, obviously, but we’ll take it,” said Raiders head coach Tom Cable. “I made the switch at halftime at quarterback…just to give the team a lift. I felt like we needed to change it up a little bit. My job is to win games and do whatever it takes to do that.”

Rookie Sam Bradford completed 14-of-25 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns to Mark Clayton, and was intercepted once as the Rams (0-2) dropped another close game. They had lost their opener to Arizona by a 17-13 score.

With Campbell pulled, Gradkowski took over to begin the second half and drove the Raiders to the St. Louis 23 before Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 41-yarder to make it a 7-6 game. After a Rams punt, Gradkowski led Oakland to the end zone.

On the first two plays of the drive, Gradkowski connected with Darrius Heyward-Bey for 16 yards and Zach Miller for 24. McFadden ran for nine yards before busting out for a 30-yard gain to the Rams’ four.

Then, on third down, Gradkowski found Louis Murphy open on the right side of the end zone for a touchdown and 13-7 lead. Oakland tacked on a 22-yarder from Janikowski five minutes into the fourth.

Bradford was intercepted by Stanford Routt on the second play of the ensuing series, but got St. Louis to the end zone later in the quarter. After Gradkowski was intercepted by Jerome Murphy, the Rams took over at their own 41-yard line with 4:05 to play and advanced thanks to two Oakland penalties.

The second, an unnecessary roughness call on linebacker Rolando McClain — who slammed receiver Danny Amendola to the ground after a catch — put the Rams at the Oakland 33.

Two plays later, Bradford found Clayton at the goal line for a catch. It was initially ruled incomplete, but replays showed Clayton got his right foot in the corner of the end zone as he was being pushed out of bounds, and the call was overturned.

The score had St. Louis within 16-14 with 3:18 to play, but the Rams didn’t get another touch. With just under three minutes left, Gradkowski converted a 3rd-and-7 with a 13-yard pass to Murphy, and the Raiders held on from there.

“You can’t win in the NFL when you beat yourself. I preface that by saying I do think Oakland did a nice job in the second half, they win the football game and we lose,” said Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

There was no scoring in the first quarter, as each team missed a field goal. After Janikowski’s 46-yard try went wide left late in the frame, the Rams took over at their own 36.

Steven Jackson rushed for 23 yards on the final play of the quarter, and St. Louis continued to drive in the second. Bradford’s 24-yard pass to Jackson had the Rams in a 1st-and-goal from the eight, and after Jackson ran for a yard, Bradford connected with Clayton for a touchdown.

The Raiders got on the board thanks to Janikowski’s 38-yarder with 3:22 left, then forced the Rams to punt. Oakland took over with 1:22 to play, but Campbell made two mistakes. He fumbled before recovering the ball, then was picked off by James Butler.

Jackson had 75 yards on 19 carries for the Rams, while adding four catches for 50 yards…Murphy finished with six receptions for 91 yards. Heyward-Bey had six grabs for 80 yards…The interception was the first for Jerome Murphy, a rookie defensive back for the Rams…McFadden, the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, recorded his second career 100-yard rushing game…The Raiders held the ball for 36:49.


NFL Update: St. Louis Rams Lose 16-14 to Oakland Raiders

The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-2 after a 16-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders and backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.

The Rams’ offensive stars got off to a hot start in the first half—quarterback Sam Bradford went 9-for-11 with a touchdown, and Steven Jackson quickly crossed 100 all-purpose yards. But Bradford and the Rams’ injury-diminished receiving corps couldn’t connect in the second half, and despite another last-second comeback and another touchdown reception from Mark Clayton they couldn’t put things together fast enough in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders went to Bruce Gradkowski after an ineffectual first half from Jason Campbell, and while he was hardly any better statistically he presided over their second-half scoring. Darren McFadden’s continued resurgence was the big story—he carried the ball 30 times for an incredible 145 yards. Sebastian Janikowski kicked two field goals, including the eventual difference-maker, after missing one in the first half.


St. Louis Rams Update: Sebastian Janikowski Pots Another Field Goal To Put Oakland Raiders Ahead 16-7

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski put the St. Louis Rams two scores back with a field goal in the fourth quarter of their week two contest in Oakland.

The Raiders have pulled well ahead of the Rams since replacing starting quarterback Jason Campbell with Bruce Gradkowski to start the second half.


St. Louis Rams Update: Oakland Raiders Take 13-7 Lead On Bruce Gradkowski Pass

The Oakland Raiders took a 13-7 lead in the third quarter of their game against the St. Louis Rams, on a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Gradkowski, who came in after Jason Campbell’s 8-for-15 start, is 6-for-9 with a touchdown pass.


St. Louis Rams Halftime Update: Rams Take 7-3 Lead Into Second Half Vs. Oakland Raiders

The St. Louis Rams got sterling performances from their top offensive players but only had one touchdown to show for it after the first half of their week two contest with the Oakland Raiders.

Sam Bradford went 9-for-11 with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Clayton. Steven Jackson, who the Rams went to early and often, has 14 carries for 67 yards and three receptions for an additional 45.

For the Raiders, Jason Campbell is 8-for-15 with 87 yards and an interception. Darren McFadden has 10 carries for 38 yards.


NFL Update: Oakland Raiders On Scoreboard With Janikowski Field Goal, Trail 7-3

The Oakland Raiders got on the scoreboard with three minutes left in the first half of their week two contest with the St. Louis Rams. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 38 yard field goal, his first success in two attempts, to cut the Rams lead to 7-3.

The Raiders were kept out of the red zone after a James Hall sack forced a fumble and a nine yard loss on third down.


St. Louis Rams Update: Sam Bradford And Mark Clayton Connect For Touchdown

St. Louis Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford topped off his 6-for-6 start to today’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a seven yard touchdown pass to new wide receiver Mark Clayton, staking the Rams to an early 7-0 lead as the second quarter began.

More early fireworks from Steven Jackson helped Bradford downfield—through two he has 10 carries for 60 yards and two receptions for 41 more.


St. Louis Rams - Oakland Raiders First Quarter Update: Steven Jackson, Missed Field Goals Out Of Control

The scoreless first quarter of today’s contest between the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders was characterized by two scoring near-misses and a dominant start by Rams running back Steven Jackson. Jackson ran for 56 yards on eight carries and caught a pass from Sam Bradford for 17 yards more.

But the Rams and Raiders each repelled the other’s advances, and kickers Josh Brown and Sebastian Janikowski, pushed into bad position by staunch defenses, each missed their first field goal opportunities of the game. After one quarter in Oakland, no score.


NFL Update: St. Louis Rams Can't Capitalize On First Goal-Line Opportunity

The St. Louis Rams couldn’t capitalize on their first goal-line opportunity of the day Sunday afternoon against the Oakland Raiders. After tight end Daniel Fells turned a short pass from Sam Bradford into a 36 yard gain, putting the Rams on the Oakland six, the Raiders successfully stuffed Steven Jackson before sacking Bradford for a 13 yard loss.

Josh Brown missed the resulting 13 yard field goal. With three minutes left in the first quarter the Rams and Raiders are tied at zero.


NFL Update: Steven Jackson Dominates St. Louis Rams Offense In The Early Going

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, little-used in week one and practicing gingerly this week on a bad knee, dominated the Rams offense in their first two possessions of week two’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

The Rams’ first five plays were Jackson carries from scrimmage, in which he picked up 37 yards. Then Sam Bradford connected with him on a 17 yard pass before Jackson took one more carry for eight yards. The Rams only looked away from Jackson on their eighth play of the game, when Kenneth Darby ran up the middle for three yards.

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