Raiders up 9-6 at half in game with playoff implications

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Matt McGloin and the Raiders are up 9-6 at halftime on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Titans.

While that relatively even result’s not necessarily surprising, given the relatively equal struggling of these two teams this year, there is one element you might not suspect.

If somebody wins, that team will be tied for the final playoff spot in the AFC at 5-6.

The teams have traded field goals so far, in a game more memorable for penalties as anything else.

Titans safety Michael Griffin will probably be making a donation to the Human Fund later this week when they review film of his brutal hit on Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera. Griffin led with his head, hit Rivera in his, popping the helmet off and sending the rookie tight end to the locker room with a head injury.

The Titans have been flagged eight times for 85 yards already in the first half, as they continue to push the edges of the envelope.