A look at the matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans

A look at the matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans

The Oakland Raiders remain on the road heading to Tennessee to take on the Titans looking to end their three-game losing streak.

The Titans are in the midst of their own two-game losing streak and are currently sitting at a 2-8 record in 2015. Tennessee recently fired their head coach, and are currently under the direction of interim head coach Mike Mularkey, who has coached the team to a 1-2 record since taking over.

Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota leads the Tennessee offense after being selected second-overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has been productive, completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,026 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Mariota can scramble, as he showed at the University of Oregon, and the Raiders must keep a spy on him to make sure he doesn’t hurt them with his feet. 

The Raiders have struggled in defending the tight end and it won’t get any easier on Sunday against the Titans. Veteran tight end Delanie Walker has proven to be a favorite for Mariota, hauling in 53 receptions for 617 yards and three touchdowns.

Kendall Wright has the most receptions among wide receivers, hauling in 28 receptions for 343 yards and three touchdowns. The Titans average just 222 passing yards per game, 25th in the NFL.

On the ground, the Titans rely on second-year running back Antonio Andrews, who leads the team with 99 carries for 376 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans are averaging just 98.1 rushing yards a game, 21st in the NFL. That said, the Raiders must contain the Titans rushing attack in order to allow their pass rush to get to Mariota.

Raiders second-year quarterback Derek Carr and the offense will go up against an aggressive defense led by assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. The unit is allowing just 23.3 points per game and ranks in the top 10 in the league by allowing just 324.3 yards per game and only 214.2 passing yards per game. 

LeBeau’s defense has been productive in forcing turnovers, having 10 already including a team-high two each by linebacker Zach Brown and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh.

High-profile free agent Brian Orakpo leads the team in sacks, racking up seven on the season while defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and linebacker Wesley Woodyard have five each. 

The Raiders offensive line will need to give Carr time so that he can get the ball to his wide receivers, Michael Crabtree and rookie Amari Cooper. Cooper is coming off of his worst NFL game, hauling in just one reception for only four yards and having a couple of drops. The Raiders need to get Cooper going again against the tough Titans secondary.

The Raiders will return home next week, taking on the Kansas City Chiefs at O.Co Coliseum next week. 

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