If the Raiders felt the urge to rest during the bye, look for no other reason to wake them up than Tennessee running back Eddie George's previous success against them.
The 1-2 Titans come calling to the Oakland Coliseum Sunday after the Raiders (2-0) had a bye week. Oakland held George to 23 yards on 11 carries in a 13-10 loss to Tennessee last December.
George, however, was clearly not himself last season as he nursed a foot injury that hampered his stride. George's problems have continued this season, gaining just 166 yards on 60 carries but the Raiders need to only watch film of Tennessee wins over them in 1997 and 1999.
George rushed for a combined 415 yards on 39 carries in Titan wins over the Raiders in those seasons. Oakland, however, literally has an entirely new defense from last season.
Defensive end Tony Bryant and cornerback Charles Woodson are the lone returning starters from last season. The latter is out up to six weeks with a fractured shoulder.
"He's got to prove himself on Sunday," Raiders defensive tackle Sam Adams said. "I couldn't care less about what he did before."
Adams would know what it takes to slow down George as well as anyone after Baltimore, Adams' team of two seasons in 2000 and 2001, Tennessee used to play twice a season as AFC Central Division rivals. In those two seasons, George gained just 220 yards on 75 carries, good for a 2.9 per carry average, and one touchdown."The only way to play a back like that is to match his aggressiveness," Adams said. "He played hurt all of last year. That goes to show you his will."