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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 three weeks be­fore they meet in their Mon­day night reg­u­lar-sea­son opener in Oak­land.

“I’ve never been in a pre­sea­son game like this,” Gru­den said. “This is tough, in our first train­ing camp as a football team, to have our sec­ond (pre­sea­son game) against a team we open up with.

“I don’t know in the his­tory of the NFL if that’s ever hap­pened.

I’m not go­ing to sit up here and cry about it, be­cause it’s the same for them as it is us. But we didn’t want to play our starters, and we didn’t want them to hear our au­di­bles and hand sig­nals. I don’t think they wanted us to get a feel for them ei­ther, so it was a strange ball­game.”

Al­though both coaches re­vealed as lit­tle about their teams as pos­si­ble, McVay still rel­ished his first chance to face Gru­den, who em­ployed McVay as a 22-year-old as­sis­tant wide re­ceivers coach on his fi­nal staff with the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers in 2008. McVay fre­quently cites Gru­den and his brother, Jay, as ma­jor in­flu­ences on his coach­ing style and men­tal­ity.

“Ev­ery­body knows what a huge amount of re­spect I have for Jon, and how great he’s been to me over the course of my coach­ing ca­reer,” McVay said. “(But) they were pretty reg­u­lated. Very sim­i­lar in terms of the ap­proach by both teams. Very vanilla.”

The Rams’ back­ups dom­i­nated the Raiders’ re­serves in the first half, tak­ing a 13-0 lead while hold­ing Oak­land to 58 yards and one first down. Oak­land trailed 16-0 be­fore mount­ing a rally, but the Raiders failed on their sec­ond 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt of the day fol­low­ing Griff Whalen’s 10-yard TD catch with 9:52 to play.

“I was go­ing to do ev­ery­thing hu­manly pos­si­ble to avoid over­time to­day, yes,” Gru­den said.

Sam Ficken then hit his sec­ond field goal for the Rams with 5:46 left.

“It’s def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent, be­cause it’s not their starters out there, and you want to save stuff for later,” said Rams line­backer Sam­son Ebukam, one of the few likely reg­u­lar-sea­son starters who played sig­nif­i­cant snaps. “You still want to do your best, though.”

The Raiders’ of­fense didn’t record its sec­ond first down of the day un­til late in the third quar­ter, but War­ren capped the 75-yard drive with a 3yard TD run. The un­drafted free-agent run­ning back from Texas had 86 yards in his pre­sea­son de­but against Detroit.

“It’s about show­ing I can play in the league and make the most of my op­por­tu­ni­ties,” War­ren said. “I didn’t ex­pect to play as much as I did. It was nice to get some good pops in. I was able to get some yards af­ter con­tact.”

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