The Oakland Raiders returned to O.Co Coliseum for the first time of the 2016 season to host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday for their third week of preseason.
The Silver & Black may have lost the game 27-to-13, but fans in attendance saw the reason the Raiders are so excited about starting quarterback Derek Carr's third year in the NFL.
On just the second play he had the ball, Carr hit veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree for a big 41-yard gain. The drive would be capped off with a pretty pass to rookie running back DeAndre Washington who found the end zone to tie up the game at 7-to-7.
Carr would attack the other side of the field after two Titans field goals put the Silver & Black down 13-to-7. Second-year receiver Amari Cooper got behind the defense and Carr thread the needle for a pretty 29-yard touchdown that put the Raiders up 14-to-13.
Carr stayed in the game for five possessions and finished 12-for-18 for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders may have found something in Washington who had a good night on the ground to go with his receiving touchdown.
Starter Latavius Murray carried the ball just twice as the coaching staff opened up the game for their backup running back competition. Washington once again showed great burst as he added eight carries for 55 yards, including a pretty 31-yard scamper.
Washington did have a costly fumble in the third quarter where linebacker Sean Spence came up for a big hit, dislodging the rookie from the ball. Former Raiders draft pick, David Bass, recovered the fumble and returned it 47 yards to put the Titans up 27-14.
Backup quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Connor Cook both struggled, combining for two costly interceptions.
This was likely the starters' last game-action before they open up the regular season in New Orleans on Sept. 11. The Raiders will host their final preseason game next week against the Seattle Seahawks with some players still fighting to make the final roster.