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Tennessee Titans hit the road to take on Oakland Raiders

 

Tennessee Titans (1-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-1)

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 | 5:00pm PDT/7:00pm CDT
Oakland, CA |  Oakland Alameda Coliseum | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (1-1) will travel to Oakland this week to face the Raiders (1-1) in Week 3 of the preseason. Kickoff at Oakland Alameda Coliseum (capacity 53,286) is scheduled for 5:00pm PDT/7:00pm CDT on Saturday, August 27th.

This week is a preview of the two teams’ regular season matchup in less than a month. On Sunday, September 25th, the Raiders will visit the Titans at Nissan Stadium.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (19) rushes against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (19) rushes against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The game this week also represents the final opportunity for the Titans to take the field before the first round of roster cuts are due. At 3:00pm CDT on Tuesday, August 30th, all NFL rosters must be trimmed from a maximum of 90 players to no more than 75 players. Final roster cuts follow the fourth and final preseason contest.

The game will be televised to a national audience on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTFV NewsChannel 5. Play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes will call the action alongside analyst Dan Fouts. Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.

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

Titans Split First Two Preseason Games

Tennessee TitansThe Titans will be on the road for the final two weeks of the preseason after splitting the first two games of August at home. They defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-10 in Week 1 but dropped last week’s game to the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 26-16.

Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota played into the second quarter against the Panthers, directing three drives. His final series netted 81 yards on nine plays, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Harry Douglas.

Through the first two preseason games, Mariota has completed 14 passes on 15 attempts for 149 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 102.5. His 93.3 percent completion rate leads the NFL.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Mariota’s performance has been complemented by a successful running game. With 384 total rushing yards (192.0 per game), the Titans trail only the San Francisco 49ers (210.0) in rushing offense. Tennessee leads the league with an average of 6.7 yards per carry.

In particular, the new running back duo of veteran DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry has thrived in its early stages in Tennessee. Murray, who the team acquired in a trade in March, leads the club with 113 rushing yards, and his 71-yard touchdown run against the Chargers is the longest scrimmage play of the preseason thus far. Henry, who has 105 yards on 15 carries, leads the NFL among qualifiers with a 7.0-yard rushing average. The Heisman Trophy winner was a second-round draft pick in April.

Another rookie, wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, is garnering his own share of the spotlight. The fifth round pick from the University of Massachusetts has started both preseason games and is leading the team with eight receptions for 103 yards. Those totals rank second among NFL rookies.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders HelmetLike the Titans, the Raiders are 1-1 this preseason. They traveled to Arizona in Week 1 and defeated the Cardinals 31-10, but last week at Green Bay they were defeated by a final score of 20-12.

Jack Del Rio is entering his second campaign as Oakland’s head coach. In his first season, the Raiders improved to 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.

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.

Titans-Raiders Series at a Glance

  • Overall series (regular & postseason): Raiders lead 28-20
  • Regular season series: Raiders lead 24-20
  • Postseason series: Raiders lead 4-0
  • Total points: Titans 1,085, Raiders 1,157
  • Current streak: One win by Raiders
  • Titans at home vs. Raiders: 15-12
  • 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: 4-2
  • Last time at Nissan Stadium: RAIDERS 24 at Titans 21 (11-29-15)
  • Titans vs. Raiders at Oakland Alameda Coliseum: 2-11
  • Last time at Oakland Alameda 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: 0-4
  • Jack Del Rio’s record vs. Titans: 9-9
  • Mike Mularkey’s record vs. Jack Del Rio: 0-2

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