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The friendly welcome for Steve Wilks as new coach of the Arizona Cardinals didn't last long.
By the second quarter of Sunday's 24-6 season-opening home loss to Washington http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , the fans were showering the sputtering team with boos. Wilks doesn't blame them."It was well-deserved, well-deserved," Wilks said Monday. "I'm disappointed in the mere fact that we couldn't put a more productive game together for our fans. We're going to make sure that we go out this week and practice hard and have a great game plan and go out and execute."But, the fans booing, they come there, they support us, they pay their money and they want to see a good product, and we didn't put a good product on the field yesterday."There were problems all around in the loss, but the worst was run defense."Still very disappointed in how we performed. Again, it started on the defensive side of the ball," Wilks said. "I just thought it was poor run fits, a lack of execution up front, getting out of our gaps, linebackers not playing downhill and just really being 'out-physicaled' up front."The offense was equally inept, running 14 plays in the first quarter. Arizona had the ball three times in the first half, gaining a couple of first downs on its first possession and going three-and-out on the other two.The Redskins ran off consecutive touchdown drives of 80, 73 and 92 yards to lead 21-0 at the half."We just didn't play the way we are capable of playing," said safety/nickel cornerback Budda Baker, whose 11 tackles tied Josh Bynes for a team high. "They preach on staying in your gaps and doing your job and sometimes players will be out of their gaps and the next thing you know the running backs will be in their gaps."On the first scoring drive, the Redskins had runs of 13, 14, 13, 8 and 8 yards, culminated by Alex Smith's 13-yard TD pass to Chris Thompson. The second drive Cheap Aaron Donald Jersey , Smith did his most serious damage with short passes that turned into significant gains, including an 11-yard pass to Thompson on third-and-seven, a 22-yard pass to Jordan Reed and 10 yards to Jamison Crowder.Adrian Peterson finished it off with three straight power runs up the middle, the last for one yard and a touchdown, the 100th rushing score of the running back's career.The final drive was mostly Smith, who went 7-of-7 for 77 yards."From what I was able to see, from watching the tape, I think guys are trying to do too much instead of just trying to do their job," Wilks said. "That's what we talked about this morning, being one of 11, just trying to go out and do your job and trusting the man beside you. Guys trying to make plays when it's not their play, and they're getting out of their gaps. Then again, some of it is just using our hands, technique, those things, as well, and we're going to get it corrected this week."They'd better. Next up on Sunday is a matchup with the reigning NFC West champion Rams in Los Angeles.Arizona's offense did the defense no favors with its quick outs in the first half.Falling behind so quickly forced the Arizona game plan, centered on David Johnson's running, to be thrown out.Sam Bradford was uncharacteristically erratic, completing 20 of 34 for 153 yards with one interception.Johnson called it "a bad game" for him, gaining 37 yards in nine carries and catching five passes for 30 yards.Larry Fitzgerald had seven receptions for 76 yards, but the only other wide receiver with a catch was rookie Christian Kirk, who had one for four yards.The Cardinals finally got going a little bit late in the game."When you get behind like that you just kind of have to start calling plays on the go and adjusting to what they're doing with us," Kirk said. "I feel like we got the ball moving a little bit at the end http://www.officialramsfootballstore.com/aaron-donald-jersey-cheap , so you can build off of that." Once Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams offense got started after sitting out the entire preseason, they couldn't be stopped.Goff threw two touchdown passes, newcomer Marcus Peters returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and the Rams used a dominant second half to spoil coach Jon Gruden's much-anticipated return to the Oakland sideline by beating the Raiders 33-13 on Monday night."There was a little bit of feeling it out, seeing what they're going to do, seeing what their scheme is," Goff said. "I thought our defense did a great job of responding as well as our offense. I still don't think we played up to our standards in the first half. Think the second half, we came out and we did."Goff and the rest of the offensive starters for the Rams (1-0) didn't play at all in the preseason, and many of the top defensive players also got little time on the field in the exhibition games.That might have contributed to the shaky start. The Raiders (0-1) moved the ball relatively easily and the Rams struggled to finish drives. But Los Angeles flipped the script in the second half, outscoring Oakland 23-0 and showing why this team is considered one of the favorites in the NFC after last year's breakthrough season that ended with a division title."I think for us to be able to go through a little bit of adversity and have to come back from behind going into the half, that was a good test of your resolve as a football team," coach Sean McVay said. "It was certainly a good job by those guys and I thought the offense responded."Gruden had his first game as coach of the Raiders (0-1) since the end of the 2001 season. He was traded to Tampa Bay after that season and beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl the following year. He has been announcing for ESPN for the past nine seasons before Oakland owner Mark Davis finally lured him back to the delight of Raiders fans.But there were only boos by the end of the night after Peters iced the game with his touchdown return on Derek Carr's third interception of the game."It was a tale of two halves," Gruden said. "Obviously we did not take care of the ball and that was a critical part of that football game."Peters punctuated that with a celebratory dive into the end zone reminiscent of his close friend Marshawn Lynch."I did the Beast Mode," Peters said. "That's what I did."Gruden's second stint started well with the Raiders taking the opening kick and driving 75 yards for a touchdown on a 10-yard run by Lynch. The Rams had Lynch stood up at the 3, but he powered his way into the end zone with help from a push by his offensive linemen.Oakland managed just six points the rest of the way against a defense fortified by the offseason additions of former All-Pros Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh.Carr threw an interception in the end zone to John Johnson in the second quarter and another in the fourth when he tried to pull back a pass at the last minute only to have the ball slip out and float right to linebacker Cory Littleton"It was one of the dumbest plays you could have," Carr said. "I knew what I should have done as soon as that play was over."The Rams matched the early score when Todd Gurley took a flip from Goff and raced 19 yards to the end zone . They took control in the second half.Los Angeles tied it at 13 on a field goal by Greg Zuerlein on the opening drive of the third quarter and then took the lead for good on a 58-yard, four-play drive that featured two passes downfield to another offseason addition, Brandin Cooks, and then the 8-yard TD to Cooper Kupp.MISSING MACKThe Raiders barely touched Goff all night just over a week after trading star pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago for a package that included two first-round picks. Bruce Irvin had the only sack when Goff held the ball too long and there were few other pressures.TOUGH STARTSGruden's defeat dropped the league's new head coaches to 0-7 in Week 1.FLAG DAYThe Raiders once again had issues with penalties, committing 10 for 145 yards in the first half alone thanks to two long pass interference calls against Rashaan Melvin (37 yards) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (50). That's more yards in penalties than they had in any game during Gruden's first four-year stint and the most in the first half for any team since at least 2000. The Raiders had one penalty for 10 yards in the second half.INJURIESRaiders long snapper Andrew DePaola injured his knee in the first quarter and didn't return. TE Lee Smith filled in and provided accurate snaps on two field goals. He had a high snap on a punt but Johnny Townsend leaped and brought it down with no issues. It was a far cry from the 2012 season opener when Jon Condo got hurt for Oakland and Travis Goethel came in and botched three snaps in a loss to the Chargers."It was stressful, I can't even lie to you guys," Smith said. "I'm just glad they all got back there."Rams returner Pharoh Cooper left in the second half with an ankle injury.ANTHEMLynch sat once again during the national anthem. Lynch also sat for the anthem all of last season but never gave a reason for his decision.UP NEXTRams: Host Arizona on Sunday.Raiders: Visit Denver on Sunday.
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