The Oakland Raiders defeated the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, 26-16. Here are all the highlights, the game recap and the final score.
The Tennessee Titans tried to pull a fast one on the Oakland Raiders right out of the gate. Titans kicker Ryan Succop tried an on-side kick on the opening kickoff. Raiders rookie safety Shalom Luani wasn’t biting on it.
That would set up terrific field position for the Raiders to score their first touchdown of the season. It would be an eight-yard pure hustle play by wide receiver Amari Cooper on a pass from quarterback Derek Carr.
Tennessee would respond with a well-orchestrated drive of its own on the next possession. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota would find pay dirt on a 10-yard scramble to tie it up. Giorgio Tavecchio and Ryan Succop would exchange field goals in a first half that featured a lot of punts. With two seconds left on the clock, Tavecchio would make a sweet 52-yarder to send the Raiders into the half up 13-10 on Tennessee.
In the second half, it would mostly be a defensive struggle. Hard to believe that with all the offensive hype going into the game. Tavecchio and Succop would each tack on two more field goals for their stat line.
The deciding play in the game would be when Carr was able to find wide receiver Seth Roberts on a 19-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Tennessee could not get into the end zone for the rest of the day after their first possession. Mariota struggled in the passing game for most of the day, thanks to great pressure from the Raiders up front.
Winning on the road like this in Nashville was most excellent for the Silver and Black. Oakland should feel really good about itself as it returns home for Week 2. The Raiders pounded the Titans 26-16 to win on the road in Week 1.
- Giorgio Tavecchio: Tavecchio was outstanding in his first career regular season game. He was 4-4 on his field goal attempts, two of which were over 50 yards. Without him, the Raiders don’t win this one by double digits.
- Derek Carr: Carr completed 22 of 32 passes for 262 yards, two interceptions and no interceptions. He’s played better before, but did a wonderful job running Todd Downing’s offense.
- Marshawn Lynch: Lynch had 18 carries for 76 yards. He also had a catch for 16 yards. While Lynch did not score a touchdown for the Raiders, his punishing runs towards the end of the game sealed the deal for the Raiders.
The Raiders’ next game will be at home in Week 2. Oakland will host the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff from the Coliseum will be at 1:05 p.m. PT on September 17. CBS will have the telecast of that game.
This was an excellent first win for the Raiders. To see that kind of defensive effort against a solid rushing attack in Tennessee was outstanding. Can the Raiders keep the good vibes going heading into Week 2 against the Jets? You better believe it!