A pair of winless AFC teams looking to put the first couple weeks of the season behind them clash in the Music City. The Las Vegas Raiders are on the road as they make the trip to face the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon. Las Vegas blew a 20-0 halftime lead as they were upended in overtime at home by Arizona, losing 29-23 last Sunday in their previous contest. Tennessee was blown out on Monday Night Football as they were steamrolled 41-7 by the Bills on the road. In the all-time regular season series between the teams, the Raiders own a 26-21 advantage, though the Titans picked up a 42-21 victory on the road when the Raiders were still in Oakland on December 8, 2019, in the most recent matchup.
Las Vegas Raiders Try to Shake Off Blown OpportunitiesLas Vegas had Arizona on the ropes for three-plus quarters in their previous contest but let the game slip away before falling in overtime. The Raiders dropped to 0-2 on the season with the loss and they find themselves in dire straits as the lone team in the AFC West with no wins on the books. Against Arizona, Las Vegas led 20-0 at the half and 23-7 after three quarters before things unraveled. The Raiders still led with under nine minutes to play before giving up a pair of touchdown drives and two-point conversions to tie the game with no time remaining. Las Vegas had a chance in overtime but Hunter Renfrow fumbled and Arizona ran it back for the game-winning score. The Raiders were outgained 413-324 in total offense, gave up 28 first downs while picking up 20 and lost the time of possession by a 36:22 to 29:47 margin. Both teams turned the ball over once though the Raiders’ miscue did in their chances at victory after leading most of the way.
For the season, the Raiders are 11th in the league in passing offense with 250 yards per contest while they are 30th in rushing offense by averaging 72 yards per contest. Las Vegas is 13th in scoring offense as they average 21 points per contest while they are 25th in scoring defense as they allow 26.5 points per game. Derek Carr is 47 of 76 passing for 547 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions this season. He has been sacked six times while adding nine yards on the ground. Josh Jacobs (29 carries, 126 yards, two TD) has handled almost all the work in the run game while Brandon Bolden (three carries, seven yards) and Zamir White (one carry, two yards) are next up in that department. Davante Adams leads the team with 12 receptions for 153 yards plus two scores in his first season since coming over from Green Bay. Tight end Darren Waller (10 catches, 129 yards, TD), Mack Hollins (six receptions, 82 yards) and Hunter Renfrow (10 grabs, 80 yards) have been involved in the passing game early on. Daniel Carlson is three of three on extra points and five of five on field goal attempts with a long of 55 this season.
Running back Josh Jacobs (illness) did not practice Thursday while fellow running back Brandon Bolden (hamstring) was limited on both Wednesday and Thursday. Defensive tackle Neil Farrell Jr. (shoulder) was limited Wednesday and didn’t practice Thursday. Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (shoulder), fullback Jakob Johnson (hamstring) and center Andre James (concussion) all missed Wednesday’s practice before taking part in a limited fashion Thursday. Hunter Renfrow (concussion), linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle), safety Tre’von Moehring (hip) and defensive end Chandler Jones (non-injury related) all missed Thursday’s practice. Watch for updates on the status of all of these guys heading toward the weekend.
Tennessee Titans Hoping for Bounceback After BlowoutTennessee opened their season with a one-point loss to the Giants where they missed a field goal at the gun. They had high hopes heading into Buffalo to face a Bills team that they had success against in recent years. Instead, after tying the game at seven in the opening quarter, the Titans gave up 34 unanswered points as they were stomped into oblivion. Tennessee gave up 10 points in the second quarter to trail 17-7 at the half before getting dusted 24-0 in the third quarter as they were blown out. The Titans were outgained 414-187 in total offense, gave up 23 first downs while recording 12 and lost the time of possession 31:34 to 28:26 in the game. Tennessee committed four turnovers, including a pick-six, and failed to record a takeaway in the game.
This season, the Titans are 26th in the league in passing offense with 186.5 yards per contest and tied for 25th in rushing offense by averaging 86.5 yards per game. Tennessee stands 28th in the league in scoring offense with 13.5 points per game and 30th in scoring defense by allowing 31 points per game. Ryan Tannehill is 31 of 53 passing for 383 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s fourth on the team with nine rushing yards plus a score though he has been sacked three times already this season. Malik Willis is one of four for six yards while adding 16 yards on the ground. Derrick Henry leads the team with 34 carries for 107 yards and a score this season. Hassan Haskins (nine carries, 37 yards) is next in line. Treylon Burks (seven receptions, 102 yards and Kyle Phillips (seven receptions, 71 yards) share the team lead in catches this season. Robert Woods (five catches, 72 yards) and Dontrell Hilliard (three receptions, 61 yards, two TD) have also been involved early on in the passing attack. Randy Bullock is three of three on extra points and two of three on field goal attempts with a long of 46 this year.
There are injury concerns for the Titans heading into this game. Safety Ugo Amadi (ankle), linebacker Bud Dupree (hip), tackles Jamarco Jones (triceps) and Taylor Lewan (knee) all didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday. Jones has been ruled out as he is on IR. Lewan is likely out for the year. Linebacker Ola Adeniyi (neck) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday but didn’t practice Thursday. Cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring), running back Dontrell Hilliard (hamstring), linebacker Joe Jones (hamstring) and wide receiver Kyle Phillips (shoulder) had limited practices on both days while linebacker Zach Cunningham (knee) wasn’t on the injury report Wednesday but was limited Thursday. Watch for updates on the statuses of all of these guys.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams have started off in the worst possible way as they enter the game with 0-2 records. The Raiders hung in against the Chargers despite three interceptions by Carr before blowing a 20-0 halftime lead as their gameplan disintegrated in the second half against the Cardinals. Meanwhile, you have the Titans, who were obliterated by the Bills on Monday Night Football and they now have a short week to deal with, in addition to a slew of injuries on both sides of the ball. Tennessee has some major issues, especially in the secondary, and that should lead to some big numbers for the Raiders. Give the points and take Las Vegas as they earn the win on the road.
Full-Game Total Pick
Las Vegas stayed under the total in each of their first two games this season. They combined with the Chargers for 43 points against a number of 53 points before just falling short in the Arizona game with a total of 52 points against a number of 53. Dating back to last season, the Raiders have stayed under the number in six of their last seven contests. Tennessee has split their two games in relation to the total this season. They had a combined 41 points in the game with the Giants against a number of 44 and just edged over the mark in the Buffalo game, mainly due to the Bills, with a combined 48 points against a number of 47. The Titans have stayed under the number in seven of their last 10 games dating back to last year. We’ve seen the under hit in each of the last four road games for the Raiders and each of the last six at home for the Titans. With the offensive issues we’ve seen so far, look for this one to wind up under the total.