The Raiders vs. Rams game in SoFi Stadium was the first time the Rams played against the Raiders in Los Angeles. According to Rams quarterback Bryce Perkins, the game felt like an away game for the Rams.
“This past weekend was a lot of fun, too,” Perkins told J.B. Long on the Rams Revealed podcast. “We were at SoFi but it felt like an away game with how many Raiders fans were in there. That last stretch, couldn’t even hear anything.”
The Raiders vs. Rams came down to the final play of the game and crowd noise could be a huge factor at times. For the Rams backup quarterback, it clearly had an impact. Perkins ended up throwing the ball incomplete on a failed two-point conversion. That pass was the difference in the game.
Before moving back to Oakland, the Raiders played in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994, so a big portion of Los Angeles football fans still support the Silver and Black. In fact, according to an article by the LA Times, the Raiders still have more fans in Los Angeles than do the Rams.
Of course, another factor to the Raiders fans showing up to this game in Los Angeles is it’s one of the only times Raiders fans in Los Angeles can watch the Raiders play without having to travel to Vegas. On the other hand, for fans of the Rams, it’s just another meaningless preseason game.
Expect the same outcome with the split of fans during the Raiders vs. 49ers game on Sunday. Chances are, fans in Nothern California will show up to support the Raiders because it’s an opportunity for them to watch their favorite team without having to travel to Vegas.
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