ST. LOUIS — The Oakland Raiders were historically inept. And they'd thought they had some momentum coming into Sunday's game.
Tre Mason scored two long touchdowns and Shaun Hill accounted for three TDs in an out-of-nowhere 38-point first half that tied for second most in St. Louis Rams history in a 52-0 rout of the hapless Raiders on Sunday.
“This hurts, this is bad,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “Are we going to turn on each other? Are we going to hold hands?
“Obviously, we're going to stick together.”
The Raiders (1-11) suffered their second-worst defeat in the franchise's 54-year history, falling just shy of a 55-0 whipping at the hands of the Houston Oilers in 1961. That was the Raiders' second season, when they were in the AFL.
“I'm not speaking for anybody else but personally I felt like I didn't have it,” safety Charles Woodson said. “Speaking for myself, I stunk it up. We never stopped them and that was that.”
Oakland had three extra days of rest after knocking off the Chiefs but were never competitive and committed five turnovers. The interceptions by Carr led to the Rams' final 10 points before halftime.
“We came to the game with a lot of positive energy,” running back Darren McFadden said. “Today, we got hit in the mouth and we didn't respond like we should have.”
The Rams had zero hangover from a stinging three-point loss at San Diego last week. Hill was intercepted by Marcus Gilchrist at the goal line in the final minute of that defeat.
Mason had 113 yards rushing on six carries in the half with an 89-yard score, plus a 35-yard jaunt on a screen pass that opened the scoring. Hill was 12 for 15 for 178 yards and two TDs and ran for a 2-yard score.
The Rams (5-7) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions, then got a field goal on the sixth midway through the second quarter to top their previous best scoring total for a game this season. The 38-point halftime lead was the largest in franchise history, one more than against Green Bay in 1980.
The St. Louis defense was dominant, forcing five turnovers and getting six sacks, three by Robert Quinn. The shutout was the Rams' first since 2006, 20-0 at Oakland.
The Rams came out throwing with nine consecutive passes and outgained the Raiders 203 yards to 34 in the first quarter. Oakland opened the game with three straight three-and-outs.
“I didn't feel flat, I didn't see flat,” interim coach Tony Sparano said. “I just think honestly they came out and they hit us good.”
Carr was 24 for 39 for 173 yards and the running game mustered just 161 yards with a 2.9-yard average.
Trumaine Johnson had two interceptions for St. Louis, returning the second, against Matt Schaub, for a 44-yard score that made it 52-0 in the fourth period.
In an apparent show of solidarity for Ferguson, Missouri protesters five St. Louis players stood with their arms raised before trotting onto the field for pregame introductions. Coach Jeff Fisher said he'd not been aware the gesture had been planned.
After Mason scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter, he and Britt raised their hands together.
Additional security measures at the game included members of the National Guard toting firearms.