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Tennessee Titans Football

First Look: Titans at Raiders

Posted by Craig Peters on November 19, 2013 – 8:01 am

The Titans (4-6) visit the Raiders (4-6) on Nov. 24 at the O.co Coliseum. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

Recent action

Tennessee lost to the Colts 30-27 on Nov. 14 after being unable to protect a 17-6 halftime lead. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick made his third start of the season and was 22-of-28 passing for 222 yards, Chris Johnson had two rushing TDs, and Delanie Walker had career highs of 10 catches for 91 yards and a TD. Oakland is coming off a 28-23 road win at Houston keyed by undrafted rookie Matt McGloin’s three TD passes in his first NFL start in place of injured QB Terrell Pryor (knee). The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, allowed 17 unanswered in the second, responded with 14 in the third and prevented a late rally.

Team stat comparisons

Kendall Wright is leading the Titans with 59 catches for 660 yards.

Kendall Wright is leading the Titans with 59 catches for 660 yards.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (324.6)
Rushing Yards/Game: 15th (112.3)
Passing Yards/Game: 23rd (212.3)
Turnover Ratio: Plus-3 (tied for 12th in NFL)

Oakland’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 17th (350.3)
Rushing Yards/Game: 6th (97.6)
Passing Yards/Game: 25th (252.7)
Points Allowed/Game: 20th (24.6)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 10th (330.2)
Rushing Yards/Game: 20th (117.1)
Passing Yards/Game: 7th (213.1)
Points Allowed/Game: 13th (22.6)

Oakland’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 16th (331.6)
Rushing Yards/Game: 4th (145.4)
Passing Yards/Game: 31st (186.4)
Turnover Ratio: Even (tied for 16th in NFL)

Series history

The Titans trail 27-19 in 46 meetings (including four postseason contests won by the Raiders). Tennessee has won the past two (both at home) in the series that began in the first game for both franchises (Sept. 11, 1960) during the launch of the American Football League. Oakland won 40-35 the last time it hosted Tennessee (Dec. 19, 2004).

The previous meeting

Johnson rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns (including a 76-yard score in the second quarter) to help Tennessee cruise to a 38-13 victory in the 2010 season opener.

The Titans rushed for 205 yards, and Vince Young was an efficient 13-of-17 passing for 154 yards with a 56-yard TD to Nate Washington and a 1-yard TD to Bo Scaife.

Tennessee’s defense sacked Jason Campbell four times, forced two fumbles (recovered one) and intercepted him once and held Oakland to 3-for-14 on third down conversions.

Outlook

This game pits 4-6 teams against each other to vie to stay within reach of the final spot in the AFC playoffs. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are both 5-5, six teams (Oakland, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and San Diego) in the conference are 4-6, and Buffalo is 4-7.

After winning at St. Louis to move to 4-4, Tennessee lost consecutive games by a combined five points. This is the first of three consecutive road games for the Titans, who are 2-2 on the road this season.

Tennessee has held five of 10 opponents to 21 points or less this season, but turnover ratio has been the most critical stat. When the Titans have a positive turnover ratio, they are 3-1, but when they are even or have a negative ratio, they are 1-5. The Titans haven’t had a positive turnover ratio since Sept. 29.

Kendall Wright leads Titans receivers with 59 catches for 660 yards has one TD, and Walker has career highs of 39 catches, 403 yards and five TDs.

The Raiders’ rushing attack has been solid with the combination of Pryor (68 rushes for 504 yards), Rashad Jennings (93 carries for 480 yards) and Darren McFadden (98 for 352). Jennings had an 80-yard TD run last week out of the “wildcat” formation. The trio has eight rushing TDs combined.


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5 Responses to “First Look: Titans at Raiders”

  1. By evansvc on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    VINCE YOUNG… At least give him a tryout….
    He is ready to play NOW…. Vince is 6′-5″– mobile– with talent and playoff experience…. He is hungry, motivated and determined to show he can play this game at a high level….
    Vince is a LOW risk-HIGH reward type of guy… and a wise choice for any GM/Head Coach looking to upgrade their quarterback pool….

  2. By Titanman45 on Nov 20, 2013 | Reply

    The Titans had a chance to sign Courtney Roby as the teams new Kick returner an punt returner only to stick with the same BUM who fumbled the ball last week against the Colts.. Now this is commonsense Courtney Roby is a great return guy.
    He has been in close games, playoffs, even won a Superbowl off his play. An we still elect to stay with a guy who hasnt played allll year until he fumble last week. This is a clear message the Munchak days may be over in Tennesse..
    How can you give this Wiggles guy another chance, when he fumble that ball. He even was running out of control with the ball.( thats why it was a butt fumble).

  3. By paul taylor on Nov 20, 2013 | Reply

    VINCE YOUNG???REALLY??I agree that vince young is a better quarterback than jake locker but he’s not the answer by any means…listen WHY is Rusty Smith on the roster for 5 years if he’s still not able to handle 6 games that we have left?Why does any organization draft 15 defensive linemen,(bein sarcastic) 7 cornerbacks 7 linebackers,4 running backs in a 10 year period?ill tell ya why,its competition…competiton makes us all better….YET when it comes to quarterbacks they only get 1….unproven,rookie,yet to be on an nfl field and just hand him the job right off the bat…WITHOUT competition? and I mean Quality competition…..llisten if the titans are to get better they MUST FIRE Jerry gray.I know we have a better defense this year but its ONLY in the passing game.He’s a DB’s coach..put him in the secondary if ya want to but not calling the plays..HIRE Gregg Williams as Defensive Coordinator before he gets away!!!!!!Gregg Williams is a PROVEN WINNER.dont let him leave here…Now if ya do that ya GOT TO do everything within your organizational powers to get AARON MURRAY!Then ya get some Quality competition at quarterback and AAron murray will win that job..he is going to be a phenomenal quarterback In the nfl DONT let him slip throught your fingers…..these 2 moves will make a HUGE turn around in this organization.Now on defense we need a DOMINANT middle linebacker…everybody knows that the middle linebacker is the quarterback of the defense…..so WHY has this not been a major priority in this organization…ive seen the titans pass up on a few GREAT middle linebackers like luke kuechley….I don’t get it but if these 3 moves mentioned above are done we will be a winning organization…I GUARANTEE IT.

  4. By royalan83 on Nov 21, 2013 | Reply

    why is the best wr from the draft (justin hunter) always inactive on sundays. that first rd pick wouldve been better on a different team… i feel sad for hunter not being given a chance. he had two catches for touchdowns, use the beast or lose games

  5. By addicted2football on Nov 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hunter is going to be a star for us, he’s still just learning the routes. He came out as a junior after missing the majority of his sophomore year with the knee injury. A lot of early playing time for Justin was wasted on Kenny Britt, but that won’t be an issue next year because Britt is done in Nashville. Given his age and salary, I’m afraid we’ll part ways with Nate Washington too, that basically leaves us with Hunter, Wright and Damian Williams at WR.

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