OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch and the rest of Oakland's first-team offense looked sharp in their first action of the preseason. Amari Cooper Jerseys The starting defense once again was plagued by the same issues that doomed the Raiders last year. Carr threw two touchdown passes in his first game since breaking his leg last season but Jared Goff led three scoring drives for the Los Angeles Rams in a 24-21 exhibition victory Saturday night.
"Overall I thought the defense was poor, particularly early," coach Jack Del Rio said. Bruce Irvin Jerseys "We'll have to get a whole lot better there." Lynch returned to the field for the first time since retiring following the 2015 season and once again declined to stand for the national anthem. He delighted the hometown crowd in Oakland when he burst through the line for a 6-yard run on his first carry and added another 4-yard run before calling it a night. "It was awesome," Carr said. "It was really loud, I'm not going to lie. It was really loud. Charles Woodson Jerseys That was good for the home crowd to see. Honestly, it's good to be home again,"
Lynch said he decided to come out of retirement after the Raiders announced plans in March to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. Derek Carr Jerseys Lynch wanted to give something back to his hometown fans in Oakland. While some fans in Oakland have expressed bitterness, the Raiders are sold out for the entire season despite being lame ducks and drew a sellout crowd of 53,659 for their first home game of the preseason. Khalil Mack Jerseys The most outward anger from the fans came when Goff led the Rams on a 88-yard drive to open the game, capped by a 23-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp . Goff, who struggled as a rookie after being drafted first overall last season out of California, played extremely well in his return to the East Bay.