Start: Los Angeles Rams
@ Oakland Raiders
Jon Gruden faces a tough matchup in his return to coaching. The Oakland Raiders are going to have a tough time moving the ball against the Los Angeles Rams defense. This is a unit that added significant talent to an already solid group.
The rebuilt cornerback position now features Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. Both are capable of creating turnovers and shutting down the opponents top receiver.
Oakland will be running out the inconsistent Amari Cooper and aging Jordy Nelson. These two will have a hard time finding space working against the Rams secondary. Things will be made even more difficult by the Rams ability to create pressure.
Look for Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh to make things miserable for Derrick Carr.
Sit: Pittsburgh Steelers
@ Cleveland Browns
I don’t anticipate the Browns putting up 40 points against the Steelers. However, this is going to be a much improved offensive group. Tyrod Taylor is the type of veteran quarterback who can move the chains and avoid turnovers.
Josh Gordon will see playing time and is always a threat on the outside. The presence of Jarvis Landry will also help keep the Steelers on their heels.