2016 was supposed to be the year the Oakland Raiders took that proverbial next step. Though they showed well in their Week 1 victory against New Orleans, a surprising display of some silly football really plagued the talented group in Week 2. At home, the Raiders really struggled with their defense against an inferior Atlanta Falcons squad. This unit has been surprisingly awful in the early goings of the season, and if the Raiders are to contend for a playoff spot, they’re going to need a big bounceback in Week 3 on the road in Tennessee.
For the Titans, they also enter this match-up with a 1-1 record. Last week they secured a pretty big victory on the road against an improved Detroit Lions team. That said, though their defense has performed well so far in 2016, their offense hasn’t done much of anything. They’ve put up just 32 points in their first two contests and are already near the bottom of the league in many offensive stat categories.
It’s a match-up of the Titans’ solid defense against the Raiders’ great offense and Tennessee’s mediocre offense against a struggling Oakland stop unit! This should be a very back-and-forth affair and one that separates contenders from pretenders in the AFC. Read on below for a more detailed game breakdown and an official betting selection for Raiders/Titans.
Raiders vs. Titans Betting Odds:
Oakland Raiders -1 (-115)
@ Tennessee Titans +1 (-105)
Over 47 (-115)
Under 47 (-105)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Raiders vs. Titans Pick:
Though the Oakland Raiders’ defense has really struggled in the first two weeks of the season, it hasn’t helped that they’ve gone against a couple of pretty good offenses. The Titans’ offense should get them back to the group they know they can be. Oakland worked hard this off-season at revamping this group, and collectively they possess a lot of talent and big names. I truly believe it’s just a matter of time until they put it together and begin giving their offense a chance to win games with regularity.
The Titans have some holes on their offensive line, and look for that to be the opening the Raiders’ aggressive front seven needs to make their presence felt on Sunday. Khalil Mack hasn’t looked himself through the first two contests, but look for the talented defender to get on the stat sheet a lot against the Titans. Marcus Mariota is still young and as he’s shown – is still prone to mistakes. Oakland is by no means going to shut out the Titans, but expect their defense to hold them to a total in the low-20’s. That should be more than enough wiggle room for Derek Carr and his group of explosive receivers.
Oakland is loaded with talent on offense and they should continue their torrid pace from their previous two games. Derek Carr has looked great so far this year and along with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, it’s a dynamic threesome that the Titans simply won’t be able to stop. Tennessee likely has one of, if not the worst secondary units in the NFL, and it does not help that they don’t possess a viable pass rush either. Like we’ve seen in past weeks with Oakland, Carr has had great protection, time, and space in the pocket and he’s simply picked apart defenses. That will continue again on Sunday. Even though Oakland doesn’t run the ball particularly well, their aerial attack is near the best in the league right now – and the advantage they have over Tennessee’s secondary is staggering.
Oakland’s defense will be improved and allow their offense to take over and win them this game. Carr, Crabtree, and Cooper just cannot be stopped by the Titans, and look for the Raiders to get their playoff aspirations back on track with a huge road victory on Sunday.
PICK = Raiders -1 (-115)