Game time: 1 p.m. ET
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Where to watch: FOX
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Raiders -2
FanDuel: Raiders -2.5
BetMGM: Raiders -2.5
Caesars: Raiders -2
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Raiders - Titans preview, analysis and prediction
Raiders: lost 29-23 (OT) vs. Cardinals
Titans: lost 41-7 at Bills
It has been about as disappointing as a start as it can be for both the Las Vegas Raiders and Tennessee Titans. Both have lost their first two games of the season and both in excruciating fashions. Something has to give on Sunday, right?
This one is a crapshoot and, honestly, with the way the Raiders lost Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals has me thinking this group has a long way to go under new coach Josh McDaniels. The thing that surprises me is that the Titans, coming off a 41-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football, is that the Raiders are favored at most books by 2 points.
Seeing how the Raiders blew a 20-point halftime lead on Sunday and watched hopelessly as Kyler Murray destroyed them with every run, clearly there’s a lot to unpack here.
"That's what happens when you play against a dynamic quarterback who can not only work with his arm, but can run outside the pocket and make plays like a running back," Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs said. "It just makes it really tough to defend."
The Raiders had a dominant first half in every aspect. Offensively, they nearly tripled their output of total yards against Arizona. Defensively, they got pressure in Murray’s face and even forced him to throw a terrible interception. The problem with Las Vegas, more so than anything, was the fact this high-powered offense completely shut down in the second half.
Derek Carr did not look comfortable throwing the football completing less than 50 percent of his passes in the second half and overtime. Josh Jacobs barely got the ball in the second half after 11 carries in the first 30 minutes. Yes, this team has Davante Adams and Darren Waller to catch the ball, but when those two are so inefficient in the second half, it was a display that brought back demons of Raiders past.
“They did a few things differently in the second half, I think. At the end of the day, I think you have to learn how to handle success like we had in the first half, and/or failure if that's you on the other end of the spectrum, if you're behind,” McDaniels said. “And that starts with me, I have to do a better job of getting our team able to handle a lead just as much as we were able to try to fight back last week from a deficit.”
But if there’s any way to understand why the Raiders would be favored in this game, it’s that the Titans were humbled in a big way against Buffalo on Monday. Not that that’s a hard thing to accomplish, but the Bills are clearly the best team in football right now and it’s a wide race between 1st and 2nd place.
It’d be one thing if the Titans didn’t lay an egg in Week 1 against the New York Giants, but to get dominated in that fashion in Buffalo didn’t help. Ryan Tannehill was a measly 11 of 20 for 117 yards and was picked off twice. Derrick Henry scored Tennessee’s lone touchdown, but had just 13 carries for 25 yards.
"We got our (butts) kicked, plain and simple," coach Mike Vrabel said after the most lopsided loss in his four-plus seasons coaching the Titans. "They outplayed us and they outcoached us, and that's the definition of it. We're going to go back to work and try to figure out how to win a football game."
History has not been kind to the Titans when their backs are against the wall. As a home underdog straight up, the Titans are just 27-46 in the last 30 years. Against AFC West opponents, they’re just 21-28 straight up.
The Raiders have split their last 36 games and have been a .500 team over the last three years. But they’re getting a down team at home and things should be coming up Vegas for the first time this year.
The Raiders are fortunate to face a banged-up Titans defense and I think it’s going to be a much better effort from Las Vegas. The Raiders absolutely need it. Raiders by 10
Raiders are 3-10 ATS as a favorite in their last 13 instances.
Raiders are 1-5 ATS as a road favorite in their last six.
Titans are 9-6 ATS as an underdog in the last three years.
Titans are 12-15 ATS in their last 27 games against conference opponents.
Passing: Derek Carr -- 547 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Josh Jacobs -- 126 yards
Receiving: Davante Adams -- 153 yards, 2 TD
Defense: Maxx Crosby -- 1 sack
Passing: Ryan Tannehill -- 383 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Derrick Henry -- 107 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Treylon Burks -- 102 yards
Defense: Two tied -- 2 sacks
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