Raiders break in new parts, leave Tennessee with a win

AP

The Raiders have a new young kicker, and a new old running back.

And both of them played their part, as they opened the season with an impressive road win.

Oakland got out of Tennessee with a 26-16 win over the Titans, a game that lacked flash but included the kind of small things they need if they want to be AFC contenders.

Giorgio Tavecchio, replacing the injured Sebastian Janikowski, was a perfect four-of-four on field goals, including a pair of 52-yarders. Along with a 43-yarder with a minute and nine seconds left, it was enough to push the Raiders over the top in a game between a pair of teams with designs for playoff spots in the AFC.

Quarterback Derek Carr was an efficient 22-of-32 for 262 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Marshawn Lynch had 18 carries for 76 yards to lend some balance to things. The Raiders were willing to lean on Lynch early, including a fourth-and-1 conversion early in the game which makes you wonder why other coaches didn’t think of that.

The Titans weren’t able to run the way they’ve become accustomed to, with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combining for just 69 yards on the ground. They tried an onside kick on the opening kickoff, and it didn’t work. After that, the highlight was rookie cornerback Adoree Jackson hurdling Tavecchio on a kickoff, but there was little spark otherwise.

30 responses to “Raiders break in new parts, leave Tennessee with a win

  1. The Raiders have an amazing amount of offensive weapons, the Titans defense did a hell of a job to keep the game close.

  2. Solid game for the Raiders on the road. Carr had the type of game expected as did Cooper. Lynch did about as well as Murray would’ve (which was much better than I expected) so no real complaint on that point. The new PK Tavecchio was especially impressive and if that continues then hopefully he’ll be a permanent replacement for Janikowski. Having a healthy Mario Edwards was a huge plus and helped the defense put in a respectable effort so that Carr didn’t have to rally late in the game – hopefully this is something that continues during the season. I was very pleased with Cordarrelle Patterson’s performance on returns today. As for the Titans, Mariota was pretty good although not as impressive as in last year’s match but again the Raiders D seems better and I think that he’ll continue to progress and perhaps guide Tennessee back to the playoffs.

    The Jets are a bad team which means that next week’s home opener is a potential trap. But Del Rio is a solid HC who I think he’ll have the Raiders prepared to prevent that.

  3. stealthjunk says:
    September 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm
    In a game between two overrated teams, someone had to win.

    Who’s your team?? You won’t answer, typical coward

  4. Congrats to the Raiders from a KC fan – looks as if the Silver & Black are back. Raiders are the class of the AFC West if they now have a defense, as appears. As such, nothing less than a Superbowl will suffice. I expect Oakland to hold off Denver & the improving Chargers while my Chiefs will finish last in the NFL’s toughest division, sad to say; ‘wait till next year’ part 2018 verse 49.

  5. Haters had this one pegged as a flop for the Silver and Black.

    Another road win for Carr.

    Sorry haters, Carr is now an experienced vet on top of his game and is in control.

    He is difference maker and you all know it.

  6. Everyone was saying how good the Titans will be this year during preseason. While the stats were basically the same, the Raiders pretty much dominated this game. So much for preseason football records.

  7. Kerouac says:
    September 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Congrats to the Raiders from a KC fan – looks as if the Silver & Black are back. Raiders are the class of the AFC West if they now have a defense, as appears. As such, nothing less than a Superbowl will suffice. I expect Oakland to hold off Denver & the improving Chargers while my Chiefs will finish last in the NFL’s toughest division, sad to say; ‘wait till next year’ part 2018 verse 49.

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    Funniest post of the day! What a tool

  8. homerhunter says:
    September 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Raiders have the worst record in the NFL for the last 15 years. You still havent done anything to be invited to sit at The Big Boy’s Table.

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    Actually Detroit and Cleveland have worse composite records over the last 15 years – so much for babygaga’s “expertise”. But it doesn’t take an expert to predict that his broncos will probably finish last in the AFCW this year.

  9. Kerouac says:
    September 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Congrats to the Raiders from a KC fan – looks as if the Silver & Black are back. Raiders are the class of the AFC West if they now have a defense, as appears. As such, nothing less than a Superbowl will suffice. I expect Oakland to hold off Denver & the improving Chargers while my Chiefs will finish last in the NFL’s toughest division, sad to say; ‘wait till next year’ part 2018 verse 49.
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    I’m tired of you bozos that pretend to be fans of teams, when it is obvious that you aren’t.

    The Chiefs owned the Raiders last season, and there is no reason this season won’t see the same result.

  10. Romo calling audibles was pretty awesome. Except for a few stutters trying to find his thoughts he did his job as good as any vet. His knowledge of the game, and todays game more than a Simms or other old QB’s is pretty stout.

    I figured he’d flop. He didn’t.

  11. mlhigh says:
    September 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    So will the Raiders hang a banner for being only the third worst team in the NFL for the last 15 years? LOL.

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    Maybe the broncos can bring back their vertical striped socks to celebrate the fact that they were the dregs of the AFL? They didn’t have their first winning season until their 14th year in existence. That’s why despite the Raiders recent prolonged drought there’s only 7 regular season wins separating the 2 teams from 1960 to date.

  12. ‘boys4life says:
    September 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    If you have DeMarco Murray and you only hand him the ball 12 times, you’re gonna lose.
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    I disagree. He was ineffective on most of his runs. He had 1 big run that made his ypc look respectable But Henry looked good on his runs but he got the ball 6 times. That’s just dumb. They are lucky to have 2 Pro Bowl caliber RBs so when one isnt getting it done you go with the other one. Henry is a beast just waiting to be unleashed.

  13. Why is it that it is only possible to comment on some posts?

    Anyway, I would have liked to see the Raiders put up more points, but there are some real positive takeaways from this game – mainly that the Raiders defense bottled up Tennessee’s running game, worked Cook into the offense well, and Taveccio looked like a capable replacement for Janikowski.

    And of course we guaranteed a win by throwing a TD to Seth Roberts.

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