The Raiders started the 2017 campaign with a road win in Nashville. As a two-point underdog, the Raiders walked out with a fairly comfortable 10-point victory.
Seth Roberts has caught a touchdown pass in 10 games in his career. The Raiders have won all 10 of those games. So when Derek Carr found Roberts streaking to the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown on a four verticals play, the win was all but assured.
The Raiders allowed an NFL-low 18 sacks last season. In the second quarter, Derek Carr was dragged to the ground on two straight plays. The first came from a missed blitz pick up by running back Jalen Richard. For the second, Vadal Alexander got beat at right tackle.
3 Goal Line Incompletions
On first and goal from the two yard line the Raiders threw the ball to Amari Cooper, but despite getting his hands on the ball, the pass fell incomplete. The same happened on second and third down. Cooper dropped the first down pass on a slant. The second pass was ripped out of his hands. The third was deflected, as Cooper couldn’t scoop the ball off the grass.
Meanwhile Marshawn Lynch was a spectator on the goal line again.
6.2 Yards Per Attempt
The Raiders defense kept everything in front of them. Marcus Mariota never aired the ball out, as the Raiders played passively in the secondary. The lack of aggression led to the Titans converting 5 of their first 7 third, but it also prevented the Titans from breaking a play for longer than 25 yards. Only one team in the NFL had an average yards per attempt under 6.2 yards last season.
Rookie kicker Giorgio Tavecchio was responsible for 14 of the Raiders 26 points, as he drilled four field goals and two extra points. He helped bail out the Raider offense by hitting twice from 52 yards and another field goal from 43 yards.
Karl Joseph led the Raiders with nine tackles; Reggie Nelson had eight. The two safeties combined for 17 tackles, as the safe defense allowed the last line of defense to come up and make tackles after short completions by Mariota.
Marshawn Lynch didn’t show any signs of rust after being out of football for 600 days. The recently unretired back ran for 76 yards and helped put the game away on the final drive. His best play came when he ran over Titans 305-pound defensive tackle, Jurell Casey.
One of the other new acquisitions for the Raider offense was tight end Jared Cook. Derek Carr made sure to get Cook involved, as the had five receptions for 56 yards on the day. Only Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper had more receiving yards.
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