Will the Raiders find (pass) happy medium?

Raiders' head coach Bill Callahan has been anything but predictable in his first two games as the team's helmsman.

            Raiders' head coach Bill Callahan has been anything but predictable in his first two games as the team's helmsman.

            In the Oakland's 31-17 win over Seattle, the Raiders ran 40 times for 221 yards. In the team's 30-17 win over Pittsburgh, the team went to the air even after saying they would not duplicate the New England Patriots strategy of throwing 25 straight passes. Instead, the Raiders went beyond it by throwing 64 times for 403 yards.

            Now what will the Raiders do in Sunday's home game against Tennessee?

            "We're still trying to figure that out ourselves," Wide receiver Tim Brown quipped. "I think we'll be more balanced this week."

            Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon was probably the only Raider that needed the bye week so as to rest his arm after throwing 64 passes. Will there be a repeat of that performance?

            "Why not?" Gannon said tongue and cheek. "We'll see plenty of opportunities but I doubt we'll throw that much."

Passing would seem to be the most logical choice since the Titans rank 25th in the NFL against the pass and sixth against the run. In addition, cornerback Andre Dyson (hip) and former San Francisco 49er safety Lance Shulters (knee) are both listed as questionable. Defensive end Jevon Kearse (knee) is out of action but his replacement, Carlos Hall, has three sacks.

‘He (Kearse) wasn't as explosive last year," Brown said. "He could be a nightmare but that kid (Hall) is playing well for him."

           

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