Tennessee Titans (1-1) VS. Oakland Raiders (1-1)
Sunday, September 25th, 2016 | Noon CDT
Nashville, TN | Nissan Stadium | TV: CBS
Nashville, TN – Following a thrilling victory on the road last week, the Tennessee Titans (1-1) return home to face the Oakland Raiders (1-1) this week. Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, September 25th.
This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon will call the action alongside analysts Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
Titans Complete Dramatic Comeback in Week 2
Last week the Titans traveled to Detroit, where they fell behind 15-3 in the second half. However, two touchdown passes by Marcus Mariota in the fourth quarter, the second of which came with 1:13 on remaining on the clock, provided a 16-15 victory.
The win marked the fourth time in the “Titans era” (1999-present) and the first time since 2006 that the Titans won a game after trailing by 10 or more points entering the fourth quarter.
Mariota completed 75.8 percent of his passes (25 of 33) for 238 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, generating a passer rating of 102.8.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Andre Johnson (81) scores the game winning touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Tennessee won 16-15. (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
His nine-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson with less than two minutes remaining in regulation capped his third career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. On the final drive, he completed all nine of his attempts for 74 yards.
Running back DeMarco Murray led the Titans with 89 rushing yards, including a 67-yard run that ranks as the second-longest of his six-year NFL career. He added a team-high seven receptions for 56 yards, including a critical 22-yard catch during the game-winning drive. Murray’s 145 scrimmage yards were the most by a Titans running back since Chris Johnson tallied 170 (150 rushing, 20 receiving) at St. Louis on November 3rd, 2013.
The Titans defense also came up big at Detroit. They sacked Matthew Stafford four times, led by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo’s two takedowns, and cornerback Perrish Cox sealed the victory with a late interception.
Through two games, the Titans defensive unit has allowed a total of one touchdown, a 24-yard touchdown pass by the Lions in the first quarter. The two other touchdowns by Titans opponents this season were scored by the Vikings defense in Week 1. The last time the Titans defense allowed only one touchdown by opposing offenses through two weeks was 2010.
The Raiders scored a dramatic Week 1 win at New Orleans, but in Week 2, their home opener was spoiled with a 35-28 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.
Jack Del Rio is in his second campaign as Oakland’s head coach. In his first season, the Raiders went 7-9, more than doubling their three-win total from the previous season.
The progress in the win column coincided with six Raiders making the Pro Bowl: quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper, running back Latavius Murray, fullback Marcel Reece, safety Charles Woodson (now retired) and defensive end Khalil Mack.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes the football against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Carr completed 53 touchdown passes from 2014 through 2015, trailing only Dan Marino (68) for the most ever in a player’s first two NFL seasons. The former second-round pick passed for 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2015.
Annual Coat Drive
Prior to the Titans-Raiders game, fans are encouraged to participate in the team’s annual coat drive. New and gently used coats of all sizes can be dropped off at one of several collection sites outside of Nissan Stadium.
All donated coats will be distributed to local domestic violence and homeless shelters. Volunteers will collect items from fans starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending 15 minutes after kickoff.
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