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Using the Buffalo Bills as a forum for their rushing prowess is one thing. Doing it on the road against the Tennessee Titans is something else entirely for the Oakland Raiders.

A 38-17 win over Buffalo, with LaMont Jordan gaining 122 yards on 28 carries and scoring three touchdowns, was the second time the Raiders won a home game by putting their feature back over 100 yards. The other win came against Dallas, when Jordan gained 126 yards on 26 carries.

Both came in the friendly confines of McAfee Coliseum.

In the Raiders' two road games - competitive losses at New England and Philadelphia - Jordan has 34 carries for 89 yards.

Tennessee (2-5) is not great against the run, but it isn't Buffalo either. The Arizona Cardinals gained just 55 yards on 22 carries against the Titans on Sunday. Tennessee is giving up 108 yards per game while the Bills are 31st in the NFL at 159.0.

Much was made of Jordan's offer to "put the game on my shoulders" last week and his conversation with Turner to request more carries. Turner said Jordan's lack of use in earlier games was more because of circumstance rather than a change in philosophy.

"I think anyone that's been around me in terms of my football background knows we want to run the ball," Turner said.

As an offensive coordinator and head coach, Turner's workhorse backs have included Emmitt Smith in Dallas, Terry Allen and Stephen Davis in Washington, LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego and Ricky Williams in Miami.

Jordan's success enabled the Raiders to control the ball for two thirds of the second half (20:01 to 9:59) and keep a makeshift defensive backfield on the sidelines.

"I've been saying all along, in order to win football games in the NFL, you have to be able to run the ball, and I believe with this team, it starts with the run first," Jordan said.

Said Turner: "We need (LaMont) to be productive so everybody else can be productive."

Will the Raiders continue pounding it on the road?

"I am not the offensive coordinator, so I have no idea," Jordan said. "But I think based on what happened this week, hopefully I'll get the ball somewhere in the 20s."


--QB Kerry Collins had his highest passing percentage (70.3 percent, 19-for-27) and best passer rating (113.1) of the season against Buffalo last week.

--QB Marques Tuiasosopo hasn't thrown a pass in a regular-season game since Nov. 2, 2003 against the Detroit Lions. It was incomplete. He left a short time later with a season-ending knee injury.

--RB LaMont Jordan has surpassed his previous season high in carries. He has 115 carries for 432 yards. His previous high in carries was 93 last season for the New York Jets.

--RB Zack Crockett caught a pass over the middle for a 23-yard gain - his second-longest receiving gain since 1996.

--WR Randy Moss, listed as doubtful going into the game, was the target of five passes and caught three for 43 yards before sitting out the second half with rib, groin and pelvic injuries.

--WR Doug Gabriel, playing exclusively as an outside receiver, caught five passes for 101 yards - all against single coverage.

--WR Jerry Porter has been working mostly underneath routes, often from the slot, and is averaging 12.1 yards per catch without a touchdown.

--TE Courtney Anderson's receiving totals are limited because the Raiders often use maximum protection. At 6-foot-7, Anderson sometimes has difficulties when he doesn't get low enough on blocks. He got a holding penalty that way against Buffalo.

--DE Derrick Burgess has surpassed his season high in sacks with seven. He has two in each of the last three games.

--LB Kirk Morrison, a rookie third-round draft pick, leads the Raiders in tackles with 51 and had a stop of Willis McGahee on the goal line.

--CB Charles Woodson, out for six to eight weeks with a broken right fibula, is the lone member of the Raiders secondary with an interception. The only other interception for the Raiders is by defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

--CB Denard Walker, a nine-year veteran, should be active for the first time this season as a reserve in Charles Woodson's absence. Walker played 16 games last season with 43 tackles and one interception.

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