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Titans unfazed by Raiders defense on final drive

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 6:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

OAKLAND – The Raiders had the momentum of a go-ahead touchdown, the raucous support of a hometown crowd and the Tennessee Titans backed up at their 20-yard line late in the fourth quarter Sunday.
Most important, the Raiders had their revved-up defense on the field, tasked with protecting a tenuous lead. Unlike the previous game, however, the Raiders defense failed to close out the game as the Titans engineered a game-clinching touchdown drive.
“To play the way we played last week, and then come out and do what we did (Sunday), especially defensively, we let a team go down late in the game and score a touchdown,” Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. “In order to be one of those (playoff-caliber) teams, you can’t do that. And we did.”
The Titans marched 80 yards in 14 plays, using up all but 10 seconds on the game clock. The impressive drive culminated with Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and wide receiver connecting for a 10-yard touchdown.
That turned a 19-16 deficit into a 23-16 victory for the Titans in a game that bolted the Titans into a tie for the final playoff spot in the AFC and kept the Raiders a game behind.
“When you have a lead, we believe that it’s our responsibility defensively to go out there and protect the lead and hold them,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We weren’t able to do that.”
Allen said, in retrospect, he wished he had called for more pressure on Fitzpatrick on the decisive play, when the Raiders rushed only three defenders.
That enabled Fitzpatrick to sidestep the rush, move to his left and get the ball to Wright, who turned toward the goal line and dived into the end zone before cornerback Tracy Porter had a chance to make the play.
“Great throw by Fitz right between me and (cornerback Phillip Adams),” Porter said, “and it was difficult for both of us to make the play in such a short window.”
Some teams might have been content to get in field-goal range, run down the clock, kick a game-tying field goal and take their chances in overtime. Not the Titans.
“Before the start of that drive, we said we weren’t going to let Rob Bironas come out here and kick a field goal to tie it up,” Wright said. “We wanted to go down there and score seven. We’d been in this predicament a lot this season where we had the ball and we couldn’t finish. We finally put together and finished.”
The Raiders defense held its ground against the Houston Texans in a goal-line stand a week before the Titans game. On Sunday, it was the Titans that made the key plays.
Perhaps fitting, Wright’s touchdown came on a third-down play. Fitzpatrick converted two other third-down plays into first downs earlier in the drive, and the Titans succeeded on 10-of-18 such plays.
The Raiders entered the game having allowed 33 percent of the third-down plays they faced the first 10 games to be converted into first downs, which placed them among the best in the league.
That figure spiked to 55.6 percent Sunday. The Titans parlayed five third-down conversions into two field goals and scored their other touchdown on a third-and-2 play.
“It’s just frustrating after awhile because as a defense we feel like we had them and we just let them go,” safety Brandian Ross said. “They’re in third-and-short, third-and-8, third-and-long, it seemed like they always just got behind us somehow.”

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  • RTF916

    Why shouldn’t I care? This is a blog for football discussion. I make a football point, and people down vote it? As if it’s offensive? Why shouldn’t I address rude behavior? Some would call it a noble virtue.

  • 10centsworth

    I’ve often heard you referred to as “noble”.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Should the Raiders draft a QB in the first round, we will probably have another growing season.

  • RTF916

    Why didn’t you just down vote it? lol.

  • PartyPooper

    noble virtue?
    CRYING ON A BLOG ABOUT A DOWNVOTE?
    You take this blog stuff way to serious.
    And guess what?
    Crying about it guarantees everyone who reads this exchange is going to downvote you, for fun.
    Because you’ve made it clear it gets to you, which, again, is pretty damn sad.

  • 10centsworth

    Boy, that’s easy for you say, already sitting in the Mayor’s chair

  • RTF916

    You collapse people you disagree with, not based on any behavior. On this thread alone you’re associating and buddying up with some of the most serial offenders of the same behavior you claim to ignore and “Collapse”.

  • NYCRaider

    if it wasn’t so painful it would be hilarious when Holmes and Butler have balls go right through their hands and they plead for interference.

  • R8erEduc8er

    New Post

  • 10centsworth

    Assuming (ha) you’re right, that is MY choice and does absolutely nothing to others on here OR rats to the blog minders.

  • RTF916

    They should ban the people doing it. That’s the problem with these blogs. The abusers always win. No real moderation.

  • PartyPooper

    yet, you just attacked those who disagreed with you.
    Double standards?
    See, you want the last word, obviously.
    You want to claim some shallow inconsequential victory by arguing something you said, that someone disagreed with.
    You don’t just disagree. YOU HARP ON AND ON AND ON, LONG AFTER THE COMMENT.
    Might have something to do with many ignoring you?

  • loyal

    I don’t thing I can take rebuilding year #12. Something drastic needs to happen. How much more tarp can be put in the O.Co? Is it Gruden?…..I don’t know………Would Gruden be better than DA………..I think yes.

  • RTF916

    I didn’t attack anyone that disagreed with me. I’m attacking people for abusing the voting function on this blog.

  • 10centsworth

    hmmm, boring. Your fixation. Talk football, chum.

  • RTF916

    As long as you admit your holier than thou attitude has nothing to do with behavior, it has to do with people sharing your ideology.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I can no longer respond to you. I’ve been reading some disturbing things about your inner circle and feel I must distance myself from such unseemly behavior.

  • RTF916

    Talk football, so you can downvote and try to shame someone for making a point you disagree with. Top priority on this blog should be to weed out the trolls like you.

  • 10centsworth

    Give me a breath of fresh air. Collapse me. Again…BYE.

  • RTF916

    This “sensitive” thing is hilarious. Because voting down someone’s comment on a blog is the ultimate trait of masculinity…

  • RTF916

    Oh, you’re finished with your little sanctimonious act, while you commonly cohort with some of the biggest trolls in here? I’ll miss the entertainment.

  • 10centsworth

    These damn sports writers, always talking crap about raiders. Ok, I DID screw some Raider raiderettes, back in the day. I’m a wiser man now.

  • RTF916

    Those Raiderettes must have been turned on by your blog persona.

  • 10centsworth

    Hey. Give me a break. I’m always looking for some “saving grace” in my fellow Raiders. You? Past redemption, obviously, here you are, ranting on. Gee, deja vu. I thought I said bye.

  • Gdog

    You are correct here. He missed one from 32 and one from 48. Jano went 3-4 from FORTY EIGHT and out! Fans are pissed because he didn’t go 4-4 from 48+?

    MORONS!

  • 10centsworth

    Amazing what 3 shots of tequilla and a sports car can do for a guys personality.

  • CJ Legend 34

    For all you Laker lovers! Why Kobe is worth $328 Mill.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/11/nba-kobe-bryant-lakers-money-contract-extension/

  • 10centsworth

    Check out the prices for a regular game at the Lakers. A team groomed for dope dealers and movie stars. Well, there is TV.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I’ve answered and won the debate 100 times in here. Not going through it again. How impressive were those 8-8? Where r those players now? Aso? Seymour? Kelly? Routt? Huff? Gradkowski? CJ? McClown? JaWalrus? Yea. That’s quite a lineup you’ve got there. Really miss those guys.

  • Chuck

    You answered the question yourself if the talent wasn’t good than it must be the coach which is why we need a new coach.

  • Mike_Trail

    Agreed. Ill give him a chance, and will continue to do so (what choice do I have)—but I just don’t think he has the measurables. He will be Doug Flutie at best…

  • brad

    don’t have to hit scalpers got suckers like you!

  • 0ak R8rs

    If the talent wasn’t good then fire the coach? I think your inferring into my logic that I think the talent we brought it is better? Well, some of it is. Some of it isn’t. Most of it is young. Thanks to Al and being $50 million behind everyone else, we don’t have nearly the talent we should. Therefore, it’s NOT DAs fault.

    Just wanted to clean up the logic a little bit for you.

  • 10centsworth

    You speak in tongue? You write in it.

  • brad

    didn’t say I was leaving as a fan not buying season tickets so I can be like you watching it on T.V. as it is lol!

  • brad

    so if you have season tickets how do I effect you? LOL

  • brad

    you sound uninformed!