TITANS LOOK TO END NOVEMBER ON HIGH NOTE: The Titans hope to pick up their first home win of the season in this week’s post-Thanksgiving matchup with the Raiders. They will have 10 days to prepare after suffering a 19-13 defeat at Jacksonville last Thursday night.
The Titans led late in the fourth quarter against the Jaguars, only to see their efforts thwarted by a pair of Jaguars scores. The first, a five-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Julius Thomas, was preceded by a 63-yard punt return by Rashad Greene. Then, the Jaguars recovered a Titans fumble to help set up Jason Myers’ fourth field goal.
The Titans still had a chance to retake the lead. They took possession at their own 20-yard line with 2:19 on the clock and moved into Jacksonville territory. However, as time expired, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked by Andre Branch before he could deliver a final pass attempt to the end zone.
The Titans defense maintained its hot streak against the Jaguars, totaling four sacks and forcing a pair of turnovers. The unit has at least four sacks in three consecutive games and is tied for second place in the NFL with 31 sacks this season. Overall, the defense is allowing the sixth-fewest yards per game in the league (324.3) and the third-fewest passing yards per game (214.2).
Tennessee’s leader in sacks is veteran outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, whose seven total sacks in his first season with the team include at least one quarterback takedown in each of the last four games. Since the start of the 1999 season, the only other player for the Titans with a four-game or longer sack streak was Jevon Kearse, who accomplished the feat three times (1999, 2000 and 2003).
Mariota’s numbers at Jacksonville included 22 completions on 35 attempts for 231 yards. He also ran for a 23-yard score–the first rushing touchdown of his career. As a rookie, the second-overall pick is 169-of- 259 passing for 2,026 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. His 96.1 passer rating leads the rookie class and ranks 12th among all quarterbacks. He needs 174 more passing yards to break Vince Young’s franchise rookie passing record of 2,199 yards.
CARR FLOURISHING FOR RAIDERS IN SECOND YEAR: For the second consecutive week, the Titans will face one of the top quarterbacks from the 2014 NFL Draft. After going against Bortles in Jacksonville, the Tennessee defense will direct its attention in this game to Oakland’s Derek Carr, the 36th overall pick a year ago out of Fresno State. Carr is 216-of-341 passing for 2,565 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2015. His 99.4 passer rating ranks seventh in the league.
Last week, Carr and the Raiders visited the Detroit Lions. Like the Titans at Jacksonville, the Raiders took a 13-9 lead into the fourth quarter, only to fall short in the end. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s five-yard touchdown run helped Detroit to an 18-13 victory. Carr was 13-of-25 for 169 yards on the day.
The Raiders are in their first season under the direction of Jack Del Rio, the longtime head coach of the Jaguars (2003–2011). Del Rio spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos before taking the Oakland post. His current team is sitting in third place in the AFC West, behind the Broncos (8-2) and Kansas City Chiefs (5-5).
ANNUAL COAT DRIVE: Prior to the Titans-Raiders game, fans are encouraged to participate in the team’s annual coat drive. New and used coats of all sizes can be dropped off at one of several collection sites around Nissan Stadium. All donated coats will be distributed to area homeless shelters and United Way Family Resource Centers.
TITANS-RAIDERS SERIES AT A GLANCE
Overall series (regular & postseason): Raiders lead 27-20
Regular season series: Raiders lead 23-20
Postseason series: Raiders lead 4-0
Total points: Titans 1,064, Raiders 1,133
Current streak: Three wins by Titans
Titans at home vs. Raiders: 15-11
Titans on the road vs. Raiders: 5-16 (including 0-4 in playoffs)
Longest winning streak by Titans: 4 (1961-62)
Longest losing streak by Titans: 9 (1966-73)
Titans vs. Raiders at Nissan Stadium: 4-1
Last time at Nissan Stadium: Raiders 13 at TITANS 38 (9-12-10)
Titans vs. Raiders at O.co Coliseum: 2-11
Last time at O.co Coliseum: TITANS 23 at Raiders 19 (11-24-13)
First time: OILERS 37 at Raiders 22 (9/11/60)
Mike Mularkey’s record vs. Raiders: 0-3
Jack Del Rio’s record vs. Titans: 8-9
Mike Mularkey’s record vs. Jack Del Rio: 0-1 A
TITANS VICTORY WOULD
Give the Titans four consecutive wins against the Raiders, dating back to 2007.
Improve Marcus Mariota’s starting record to 3-6.
Improve Mike Mularkey’s career record as a head coach to 17-34.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
WR Harry Douglas is scheduled to appear in his 100th career NFL game.
S Michael Griffin (867 career tackles) needs 10 tackles to match Al Smith (877) for fifth place on the team’s all-time tackles list.
QB Marcus Mariota needs four touchdown passes to become the third player in franchise history to pass for four touchdowns at least three times in a season, joining George Blanda (1960, 1961) and Warren Moon (1990).
QB Marcus Mariota could record the third 300-yard passing game of his career.
QB Marcus Mariota (2,026 yards passing) needs 174 passing yards to break Vince Young’s franchise rookie passing record of 2,199 yards.
OLB Brian Orakpo can record at least one sack for the fifth consecutive game. It would mark the first time in his career to accomplish the feat (2013). He would be the first Titans player to accomplish the feat since Jevon Kearse in 2003 (six games).
TE Delanie Walker (299 career receptions) needs one reception to reach 300 for his career.
TE Delanie Walker (53 receptions in 2015) needs 10 receptions to match his 2014 career high of 63 receptions.
TE Delanie Walker (176 receptions with the Titans) needs three receptions to surpass Erron Kinney (178) for fourth in franchise history among tight ends.
WR Kendall Wright (243 career receptions for 2,763 yards) needs nine receptions to pass Bo Scaife (251) for 13th place on the team’s all-time receptions list and needs 56 yards to pass Alvin Reed (2,818) for 15th place on the team’s all-time receiving yards list.
214.2- Average passing yards per game by Titans opponents, the thirdlowest opponent total in the NFL in 2015.
3- Consecutive victories by the Titans against the Raiders heading into this week’s game.
4- Consecutive games by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo with a sack. The only other player to accomplish the feat for the Titans since the beginning of the 1999 season is Jevon Kearse. 9.5 Percent of opponent passing plays resulting in sacks by the Titans defense, which leads the NFL.
13- Touchdown passes in 2015 by Marcus Mariota, which set a new franchise rookie record. 96.1 Marcus Mariota’s passer rating, which leads the rookie class and ranks 12th in the NFL among all quarterbacks.
324.3- Average total net yards allowed by the Titans defense per game in 2015, which ranks sixth in the NFL.
11- Rookies who have played for the Titans during their first 10 games: Marcus Mariota, Dorial Green-Beckham, Jeremiah Poutasi, Andy Gallik, Jalston Fowler, Angelo Blackson, Deiontrez Mount, Cody Riggs, Quinton Spain, Tre McBride and David Cobb. All nine of the team’s draft picks in 2015 have played.
1,507- Receiving yards by Delanie Walker since the start of the 2014 season. Walker ranks third in the NFL during that timespan, trailing only Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen.
5- Tight ends in franchise history with at least 150 receptions with the team, including Delanie Walker, who reached the mark in Week 7 and joined Frank Wycheck (482), Bo Scaife (251), Alvin Reed (199) and Erron Kinney (178).
75- Tackles in 2015 by Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson, which ranks first on the team (coaches’ tally).
3- Consecutive seasons by Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey with at least five sacks, including five sacks in 2015.
Referee: Jeff Triplette
Umpire: Shawn Smith
Head Linesman: Tony Veteri
Line Judge: Jeff Bergman
Field Judge: Dyrol Prioleau
Side Judge: Alex Kemp
Back Judge: Steve Freeman
Replay Official: Paul Weidner
CBS Nashville Affiliate: WTVF News Channel 5
DirecTV Sunday Ticket: Ch. 713
Play-by-Play: Greg Gumbel
Analyst: Trent Green
Sideline Reporter: jamie Erdahl
Titans Radio Network Flagship: WGFX 104.5 FM-The Zone
Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 121
Play-by-Play: Mike Keith
Analyst: Frank Wycheck
Gameday Host: Rhett Bryan
Sideline Reporter: Jonathan Hutton
Scheduled Gameday Promotions (subject to change)
Charitable Drive: Coat Drive
12th Titan Sword of Honor: Inky Johnson
Fans Will Receive: Titan Up Flag
Halftime: Performance by Clare Dunn
National Anthem: Tyler Bates