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:
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
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)
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.
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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