Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans kicked off the 2017 NFL season with a Week 1 matchup at home against the Oakland Raiders and fell by a score of 26-16. The highly anticipated contest featured the return of Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who each suffered almost identical season-ending injuries in Week 16 of the 2016 season.
The Raiders’ offense came out strong as Carr connected with wide receiver Amari Cooper for an eight-yard touchdown on Oakland’s opening drive.
However, as Mariota and the Titans offense took the field for the first time, Tennessee responded right back with a 10-yard rushing touchdown by the third-year signal caller to tie the game at seven.
Three field goals were kicked in the second quarter, two by Oakland and one by Tennessee. Oakland began the second quarter in possession of the ball and converted a 20-yard field goal.
At the two minute warning, the Titans offense failed to capitalize in the red zone and settled for a 23-yard field goal. With two seconds remaining in the first half, Oakland K Giorgio Tavecchio nailed a 52-yarder to put the Raiders up 13-10 at the break.
In the third quarter, safety Brynden Trawick committed a roughing the kicker penalty, repeating fourth down and putting the Raiders in field goal range. Oakland capitalized on the Titans’ mistake as Tavecchio converted his second 52-yarder of the day.
Oakland tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard pass from Carr to wide receiver Seth Roberts. Oakland and Tennessee also kicked one field goal apiece, making the final score 26-16.
Titans 16, Raiders 26
Week 1 | Sunday, September 10th, 2017 | 12:00pm CT | Nissan Stadium