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Raiders @ Titans Recap.

Sunday the Oakland Raiders made it three straight wins in as many years against the Tennessee Titans. The loss to the Raiders was not the outcome that the Titans fans or the Titans themselves envisioned. Keep in mind that the opening game of the season, win or lose does not define that season.

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There is no shame in losing to a playoff team from a year ago. Certainly not one as talented as the Raiders. If you’re like me though you can’t help but feel that the game was there for the Titans to win and we just couldn’t get to the finish line. Well, in this case the goal line Image result for oakland raiders vs tennessee titans historybut you understand what I mean.

The match-up of young quarterbacks did not disappoint. Derek Carr was very efficient completing 22 of his 32 attempts for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did that with zero turnovers. It’s tough to win in the NFL when the other team doesn’t give you any extra opportunities.Image result for oakland raiders vs tennessee titans history

Marcus Mariota was almost as efficient as Carr connecting on 25 of 41 passes for 256 yards. No touchdowns through the air for Mariota but he did get in into the end zone with his feet. It was the Titans inability to score touchdowns in the red-zone that cost them the game.

The Raiders were very successful at stopping the run.The Raiders out gained the Titans on the ground 109 to 95. This was a phase of the game that I expected the Titans to dominate. I still feel good about the running game and expect it to get back on track against Jacksonville.

There is a difference in having 4 weeks of training camp to get ready for a game and having a single week. The Titans will travel to storm torn Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars Sunday Sept. 17th. The Jaguars have one of the best young defenses in the league and they are a divisional opponent so the teams know each other well. On to Jacksonville.

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