RAIDERS TITANS GAME NOTES – The Oakland Raiders opened up the 2018 season by defeating the Tennessee Titans on the road, 26-16. Oakland struggled at times against Tennessee, an 8-8 team give or take, but a win is a win and winning on the road is never easy in the NFL. The Raiders are at home next week against the 0-1 New York Jets.
Raider Titans Game Notes
· Derek Carr had a good game but clearly his best is yet to come. Carr completed 68% of his passes for 262 yards and 2 TDs.
· WR Amari Cooper hauled in 5 passes for 62 yards and one TD, but was targeted 12 times (42%). His 8 yard, never surrender TD in the first quarter will make the highlight reels all year long. Tennessee knew Carr was going after Cooper and shifted their coverage accordingly. That opened up passes for Michael Crabtree who was credited with 6 receptions for 83 yards.
· New Raiders TE Jard Cook pulled in 5 catches for 55 yards while new Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson had one run and one pass for a total of seven yards. His big contribution was a 41 yard kickoff return. RB Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards (4.2 avg) and posted one reception for 16 yards.
· The Raiders had only sack and allowed QB Marcus Mariota to scamper untouched around the left side for a 10 yard TD. However, after allowing Tennessee’s offense to march the length of the field several times in the first half, the Raiders dense stiffened, allowing only two first downs in the second half. DE Khalil Mack recorded two tackles for a loss. Despite giving up only 16 points, the Raider defense must play better if they’re to beat the better teams in the AFC.
· Game Ball – Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. After a poor preseason and being cut (no surprise), Giorgio was called off the couch two days ago due to Sebastian Janikowski’s back injury. In his first official NFL game, Tavecchio nailed 4 of 4 field goals, including a 43 yarder and 2 from 52 yards.