The Oakland Raiders are a bit of a puzzle right now as a popular preseason playoff pick who erupted opening day in New Orleans for a dramatic come from behind one point win over the Saints, but then struggled all day Week 2 at home before falling to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Raider offense is producing points but the defense has been porous and needs to settle down this week as they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans who are fresh off a stunning last minute upset of the Lions in Detroit to get to 1-1. The Tennessee defense has been surprisingly stout through 2 weeks. But the offense is stuttering and needs to find some rhythm with Marcus Mariota and get DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry rolling on the ground.
OAK 1ST OFF; TN 13TH DEF
OAK 2ND RUN; TN 13TH vs. RUN
OAK 6TH PASS; TN T13TH vs. PASS
OAK 3RD PTS; TN T10TH PTS ALLOWED
TN 22ND OFF; OAK 32ND DEF
TN T13TH RUN; OAK 20TH vs. RUN
TN 23RD PASS; OAK 32ND vs. PASS
TN 28TH PTS; OAK 31ST PTS ALLOWED
OAK T4TH TO/TA; TN 2T8TH TO-TA
RAIDERS won 24-21 rain-soaked thriller at Tennessee in Week 12 last year on QB Derek Carr’s 12-yard TD to WR Seth Roberts (6-113-2) with 1:21 remaining.
It was a different story for RAIDERS in Week 2 35-28 loss at home to Falcons in which they allowed 528 yards.
The good news for RAIDERS is that they lead the league in total offense (470.5 ypg).
The bad news for RAIDERS is that they are last in the league in yards allowed (517.5 ypg), becoming first team since ’67 Falcons to allow 500 yards in 1 st 2 games of season.
RAIDERS QB David Carr (24-37-330-3 TDs-0 INTs-120.3 QB rating in Week 12 win over Titans last year) was 34-45-299-3-0-115.0 in Week 2.
RAIDERS WR Amari Cooper (7-115 receiving in Week 12 win over Titans last year) had 5-71 receiving in Week 2, despite having a 51-yard TD catch nullified.
RAIDERS WR Michael Crabtree, who scored dramatic 2-point conversion to win season opener, had a fourth-down TD in Week 2 (4-33-1 receiving). He also had 4-19-1 receiving in Week 12 win over Titans last year.
RAIDERS RB Latavius Murray had 8-57-1 rushing in Week 2.
RAIDERS CB David Amerson had an endzone INT, 3 PBs and 7 tackles in Week 2 win.
RAIDERS have allowed only 1 sack in the first 2 games.
RAIDERS have committed 23 penalties for 199 yards in first 2 games.
TITANS should be feeling good after stirring 16-15 come-from-behind Week 2 road victory over Lions with QB Marcus Mariota completing 9-of-9 on game-winning drive.
TITANS came back from 15-3 fourth-quarter deficit vs. Lions, winning game on Mariota’s 9-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson (his only catch) with 1:13 remaining.
TITANS RB DeMarco Murray had 12-89 rushing in Week 2, including a 67-yard romp, and 7-56 receiving.
TITANS have not had RB with 100 yards rushing in 34 straight games, dating to 2013 finale. But Murray could crack string vs. porous Raiders run D.
TITANS TE Delanie Walker (6-91 receiving in Week 12 loss to Raiders last year) was 6-83-1 receiving on 6 targets in Week 2.
TITANS registered 4 sacks in Week 2, including 2 by OLB Brian Orapko.
Check status of TITANS ILB Avery Williamson, who injured back in Week 2.