The Tennessee Titans travel into Oakland to face the Raiders this Sunday. They bring in a 4-6 record, same as the Raiders, but are riding a two game losing streak. They will be starting their 2nd string quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Raiders are 23-19 all time vs. The Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers. Both teams need a victory and here is how they matchup statistically.
Titans Defense vs. Raiders Offense
The Titans have the 13th ranked scoring Defense in the NFL, giving up 22.6 points per game. The Raiders have the 26th scoring Offense in the NFL at 19.4 points per game. Tennessee is tied for 20th in rushing D, giving up 117.1 yards per game. The Raiders have the 4th ranked rushing offense at 145.4 yards per game. The Titans have the 7th ranked Pass Defense only giving up 213.1 yards per game. The Raiders pass offense is next to last in the NFL averaging 186.4 yards per game. This matchup with the Titans defense, statistically, is similar to last weeks matchup with the Texans. Hopefully the Raiders offense can continue to move the ball and put up points. They should have success again this week running the ball.
Titans Offense vs. Raiders Defense
The Titans have the 18th scoring offense in the NFL, averaging 22.7 points per game. The Raiders have the 20th scoring defense, giving up 24.6 points per game. Tennessee has the 15th ranked rushing offense, averaging 112.3 yards per game. Oakland boasts the 6th ranked rushing defense, only giving up 97.6 yards per game. The Titans have the 23rd ranked passing offense, averaging 212.3 yards per game. The Raiders passing defense is ranked 25th, giving up an average of 252.7 yards per game. Again, another similar matchup as last week, where the Raiders defense should be able to hold their opponent in check, giving the Raiders an excellent chance at a victory.
I don’t think there is any debate that this is another matchup the Raiders can win. Tennessee is 1-4 in their last 5 games and coming off a Thursday night let down against a division rival, which they were all calling a must win. This is the first of 3 straight road games for Tennessee and 1 of the final 3 home games for the Raiders. Everything is pointing to a Raiders win, but as we have seen in the past, that does not mean it will be. Dennis Allen has only won back to back games once, last year, so far in his short head coaching career. The Raiders teams of the past decade would lose this game. If the turning of the tide is here, they need to prove it with a win this Sunday.