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Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans 24 to 21 to end the three-game losing streak

Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans 24 to 21 to end the three-game losing streak

The Oakland Raiders remained on the road to take on the Titans in a stormy Nashville, with head coach Jack Del Rio looking to end a three-game skid.

Ken Norton, Jr. and his defense took the field first, getting a quick start by forcing rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense to go three-and-out.

Second-year quarterback Derek Carr took the field next looking to get the Raiders offense back on track, yet they suffered an early scare as Carr went down with an apparent injury and stay down for a little bit. Carr would be okay though, and stay in the game.

Instead, it was the Titans who got the scoring going first with a five-play, 88-yard drive that resulted in a 20-yard touchdown throw from Mariota to tight end Craig Stephens. The Raiders then blocked the extra point to get the early advantage.

But offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave would respond with a touchdown drive of his own. Carr would return to form with a seven-play 77-yard drive. He would then find his veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree from seven-yards out. The Sebastian Janikowski extra point gave the Raiders the early 7-6 lead after one quarter of play.

With the rain coming down hard, Carr and the Raiders extended the lead with a beautiful 90-yard drive that lasted a whopping 16 plays. Unfortunately for the Raiders, it ended in just a field goal from Janikowski to take the 10-6 lead at halftime.

Carr and the offense would get right back to work after receiving the kickoff to open up the second half. He found his rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper for a big gain down the sideline to get to the Titans 12 yard line. After a couple of runs, Carr found Seth Roberts who broke a Titans tackle to get into the end zone and give the Raiders the 17-6 lead.

But the former Ducks quarterback wasn’t ready to let the Raiders run away with the game. Mariota and the Titans returned with a long drive of their own, going 80 yards in nine plays. Mariota then found wide receiver Harry Douglas who beat Neiko Thorpe for the touchdown. The young quarterback then rolled out right and found his tall rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham for the two-point conversion to make it just a field-goal deficit.

Things got worse for the Raiders defense when newly-signed kickoff returner Jeremy Ross fumbled the ensuing kick, giving it right back to the Titans offense in Raiders territory. That’s when mid-season signed cornerback David Amerson jumped in front of the route for the big interception.

But Carr and the Raiders couldn’t take advantage of the new life, unable to drive on the Titans defense to add to the score.

The rain started to come down even harder with the rain down 17 to 14 in the fourth quarter, affecting the game on multiple levels, and none more than in handling the ball. With his offense driving, Carr fumbled a snap from backup center Tony Bergstrom to give the ball to the Titans.

Khalil Mack and the Raiders defense had the chance to get off the field with no damage, but linebacker Malcolm Smith got beat by running back Antonio Andrews to give up the first down on 3rd and 11. Mariota then threw to the end zone, drawing a pass interference call on Thorpe to give the Titans first and goal at the 1. The young quarterback then used a nice play fake to find his fullback in the endzone for the 21-17 lead with just over four minutes left in the game.

Carr, who has faced similar situations the season, went right to work by finding Cooper underneath to gain 15 yards. Then facing a third-and-five, Carr went deep down the middle of the field to find Roberts for a 31-yard game to get to the Titans 38-yard line.

The Raiders got some late luck from the refs, as Carr threw it deep on 4th and 8 to Andre Holmes in the end zone, but the ball came down incomplete. But the refs bailed them out, calling a defensive holding penalty to give the Raiders new life.

Carr capitalized by finding tight end Mychal Rivera for a big gain. On the very next play, Carr took a big hit after throwing a perfect ball to Roberts for the touchdown. The score gave them the 24-21 lead with just 1:21 left in the game.

After a quick first down to his tight end Delanie Walker, Mariota went deep but was intercepted by Raiders safety Nate Allen.

The Raiders would then enter the victory formation, securing the 24-21 victory. They’ll return home next week to host the Kansas City Chiefs.

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