The Raiders open the season as underdogs to the Tennessee Titans. As Oakland looks to pull a mild upset to start the season 1-0, here are the numbers to know.
1.1 Interception Percentage
One of the keys to the Raiders 12-4 season in 2016 was Derek Carr’s ability to take care of the ball. By only throwing an interception on 1.1 percent of his passes, he ranked fourth in the NFL.
5.8 Touchdown Percentage
Marcus Mariota didn’t have to throw the ball a lot last season, but he cashed in with touchdowns at a high rate. Only Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady threw touchdowns at a higher rate than Mariota.
9 Close Wins
The Raiders beat the Titans 17-10 last season. It was one of nine wins the Raiders pulled out by eight points or less. That’s compared to just two losses in games decided by that same margin. The Raiders won two games by a single point and another in overtime.
46.1 Percent Third Down Conversions
The Titans were great on third downs last season, ranking third in the NFL in conversion rate. But the Raiders defense held them to just 2 of 12 on third downs last season.
This is the second highest over/under in the NFL this week behind Seattle and Green Bay. The Raiders are likely to see high over/under numbers all season with a loaded offense and a questionable defense. But these two teams met last season in a low scoring affair; the Raiders won 17-10.
77 Percent Run Rate
The Titans ran the ball on 77 percent of snaps when the quarterback was under center, the second highest rate in the NFL.
The Titans ran the ball the fourth most times in the NFL last season. They were one of four teams to run the ball on at least 45 percent of snaps. Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry combine to create a potent rushing attack. One that the Raiders will have to stop with a rookie at defensive tackle (Eddie Vanderdoes) and middle linebacker (Marquel Lee).
That is how long it has been since Marshawn Lynch last played. He had six carries in the Seahawks playoff loss to Carolina in 2016. After a brief retirement, the running back has returned to the NFL for his hometown Raiders.
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