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Titans, Raiders Headed Into Opposite Directions
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By Associated Press
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December 5, 2019

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OAKLAND — The Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders are moving in opposite directions heading into a stretch run.
The Titans (7-5) have won five of six games since switching to Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, turning a mediocre season into a promising one headed into Sunday’s game against the struggling Oakland Raiders (6-6), who are one game behind Tennessee in the race for the final wild-card spot.

“We feel like we’ve played pretty good football all year. We’ve had some ups and downs obviously, especially the last couple weeks. You know, we’re 6-6. That’s nothing to really brag about, but we’re excited about progress.” Raiders coach Jon Gruden
“I think guys kind of know what’s at stake, know we need to win as many games as we possibly can to put ourselves in position to win the division and make this playoff run,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “So I think guys are going to be locked in.”
The Raiders are trying to get back to that form after back-to-back lopsided losses to the Jets and Kansas City, marking the first time since 1961 the team lost consecutive games by at least 30 points.
Despite that, Oakland is only one game behind Tennessee and Pittsburgh in the race for the final wild-card spot and still has hope of making the final scheduled season in Oakland a successful one.
“We feel like we’ve played pretty good football all year,” coach Jon Gruden said. “We’ve had some ups and downs obviously, especially the last couple weeks. You know, we’re 6-6. That’s nothing to really brag about, but we’re excited about progress.”
The Titans still have their sights set higher than the wild-card race. Tennessee trails Houston by one game in the AFC South but plays two of the final three games against the Texans, putting the division title in the Titans control.
“If you look ahead, at the end of the day if we lose this game now what’s ahead doesn’t really matter,” four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said. “So we want to make sure to we take care of this game right now, keep ourselves in a good position.

‘Bama Backs

Both teams rely heavily on the running game led by a pair of backs who played college ball at Alabama. Tennessee’s Derrick Henry leads the NFL with 1,725 yards rushing over his past 16 games. He has 11 TD runs this season and leads all running backs with 31 runs of at least 10 yards. His counterpart in Oakland and successor at Alabama, Josh Jacobs, has been almost as effective his rookie season, ranking fourth in the NFL with 1,061 yards rushing so far.
“He’s been doing that all these years I’ve been playing with him at ‘Bama,” said Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans, a teammate of Jacobs’ at Alabama in 2016-17. “It’s going to be like another reunion and have a guy I been practicing against for three years and being able to now play against him is going to be definitely fun.”

Rough Stretch

The Raiders’ once efficient offense has stalled of late. Starting with a victory in Indianapolis in Week 4 and continuing through a home win against the Chargers in Week 10, the Raiders led the NFL in yards per play (6.34) and ranked sixth in points per drive (2.35). Over the past three weeks, the Raiders rank 18th in the league in yards per play (5.14) and last in points per drive (0.85).

“We’ve had a rough two weeks. I’ve had a rough two weeks. It’s time to get back on track.” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr
“We’ve had a rough two weeks,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “I’ve had a rough two weeks. It’s time to get back on track.”

Stingy D

The Titans started the season holding their first seven opponents to 20 points or less. Now they’ve gotten back on track the past two weeks, making nine games this season that Tennessee has held a team to 20 points or below. The Titans rank seventh in the NFL in scoring defense, giving up 19.5 points a game.

Final Homestead

After back-to-back road games in cold weather, the Raiders will be happy to come home for the final scheduled homestand at the Coliseum. The Raiders previously endured a seven-week stretch away from Oakland and will finish the season with road games against the Chargers and Broncos following next week’s home finale against Jacksonville. The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas next season.
“We do like playing at home like everybody else,” Gruden said. “We’ve been on the road more than anybody in the history of the world now. You know 45,000 miles of travel is a joke, and it’s taken a toll on our team. I believe that. But it’s good to be home, sleep in your own bed, play a home game, especially with the kind of fans that we have.”
Gruden did exaggerate slightly as the Raiders are traveling about 32,000 miles this season, most in the NFL.

Tannehill’s Arm

The Titans have been leaning more and more on Henry since Tannehill took over as the starting quarterback. Even though the Titans aren’t asking Tannehill to throw much, he’s been very effective. Tannehill is second in the NFL with a 113.9 passer rating, second to Drew Brees completing 72.7 percent of his passes, and he’s leading the NFL averaging 9.1 yards per pass attempt.
Since Tannehill moved into the lineup, the Titans are scoring 29.7 points a game, second in the NFL behind only the Ravens (37) in that span.
“For him to come off the bench, that’s a real hard thing to do — and earn the trust and respect of his whole team,” Gruden said. “He’s been money at crunch time.”

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