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Titans unfazed by Raiders defense on final drive

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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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Several fun stretches where you’re on 3 highways at the same time. Go to the Fairgrounds every year and screwed up a lot.

  • RTF916

    If I were Reggie, I’d set the bar at 2 more wins for Dennis Allen to keep his job. 6-10 is a 50% improvement from last year and when you consider the injuries we’ve been plagued with, and how close so many of our games were, it would show that we’re heading in the right direction. If we flop and take only 1 of the next 5, or lose out, that’s it. New head coach and staff. Unless of course Reggie ordered them to take a dive for a higher draft pick.

  • 10centsworth

    And? Ya wanna talk about the last 11 years? Excuse me, NOT what developed the “mystique” OR the fan base. Well, bite my tongue, saying that on here with all these young “fans”. I understand guys, it would twist my mind also if that was all I experienced.

  • RaidingTexas

    The former players do often seem to come up big in games against the Raiders. Even Stanford Routt picked off Palmer last year. LOL

  • 1960AutumnWind

    In 2010 and 11 Wiz was playing near probowl level. He is no more than an average center.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Autumn Wind: Assuming Veldheer, Barnes & Pashos all get resigned .. I think our O-Line is in good shape next season! Bergstrom will be back and McCants will be more experienced. These cats just need to stay healthy & gel.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m the most stalwart Palmer supporter here,and I tend to agree. Although an interesting scenario was raised last night. Keep Palmer, cut Pryor and don’t sign Flynn. Go with Palmer McG and Wilson. Interesting ‘what if’.

  • RTF916

    To those of you disliking, are you saying that Allen should be fired for winning 7 games? 8? What’s your bar? If Allen wins 3 of the last 5, after this debacle, you think he should be gone? Explain your negativity. lol.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You sir,are correct.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Reggie could make amends with me by trading Menelik Watson for a 5th rounder. Get the british sissy off the roster & get the pick back we lost from the Flynn trade = win/win

  • RediaR

    Satele>Every LG we’ve had since Satele was C.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Should we eat early?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I think Mariota is coming out. Especially after the 2nd loss this year. He looks at times like the only serious player out there for UO. The rest are talented but have mental issues (i.e. are cocky or feel entitled etc)

  • RTF916

    That’s what I thought. Hide behind your little down votes. I didn’t flame anyone, leave any kind of bait, just made football related points. And instead of responding with any kind of intelligent rebuttal you just down vote. You guys are weak.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Speaking of Flynn did you see him lead his team back to a tie game! : ) Impressive!!!!

  • CJ Legend 34

    LMAO!!!!!!!!

  • RTF916

    Thanks for the like, RRS. Clearly you can see the big picture. So many fans have funnel vision. Just look at what this staff inherited.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    We are supposed to activate Vehldeer for the game vs Dallas.
    I wonder who will be cut or IR’d.

  • JB

    Manning did give the impression that it was very cold out there last night. He looked very uncomfortable & his passing was definitely affected by it.

  • CJ Legend 34

    We need a big time WR. To bad I don’t think there is one in the college ranks this year………..Streater can catch but the rest of our WRs suck! D Moore is still a 3rd WR to me. The rest of these punks never showed up!

  • 10centsworth

    Pssst. It might be your…deodorant? Or that mealy mouth. Just trying to help you out here.

  • 10centsworth

    Then your nap comes in the first quarter. Nap in the 3rd.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Holmes needs to get back on the performance drugs and the rest of team just needs to perform!

  • RediaR

    I’ll bite.
    We go 8-8.
    Know nothing about McG and/or Wilson.
    Eliminated in the WC round if tiebreakers send us to the playoffs.
    Draft another QB in the 2nd round next year. Cut McG or Wilson.
    Still pay Palmer too much in 2014.
    Learn nothing about McG, Wilson or the 2014 2nd rounder.
    Make the wildcard in 2014 on the backs of a solid FA class.
    We go into 2015 with McG, Wilson and/or that 2nd rounder in a competition for the QB job.
    Maybe they are good. Maybe they aren’t.

    Main point. Keeping Palmer is just putting off looking for a QB.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’ve never seen the point of the votes or caring about them. But if it’ll make you feel better, you can down vote me.

  • RTF916

    How could I have worded that original comment differently to have made it appropriate? There is nothing in it remotely flaming or trollish. People down voted it because they simply disagree, but simply don’t have the intellect to formulate a counterpoint.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    My point is RM has gutted the roster and some how everyone thinks it is the coaches fault they are not currently the 6th seed or something. If they wanted to stay competitive they could have kept Palmer at very little added expense than what they did with McGloin and kept a 5th rounder as well.

  • RTF916

    I don’t downvote anyone unless they’re obviously baiting people. If they say something outright offensive or racist, I flag it. If I disagree with someone, I respond and state my case.

  • RediaR

    I know that actually didn’t look like a terrible outcome. The team wont compete for a super bowl in that scenario. And they wont be closer to the QB that will make them compete.

  • PartyPooper

    In other words, you’re a sensitive little tyke, aren’t you?

  • NYCRaider

    Funny how similar at this point RM draft is like a lot of Al’s . Of course Hayden and Watson could turn disappointing 1st years into impact players next year but right now just like Al’s drafts the lower round picks exceed expectations while the high draft picks are risky and under perform. Hope RM does better next year, quite frankly i’m nervous having him pick our franchise QB next year

  • RTF916

    down vote = the stupid man’s counterpoint

  • HELLSBELLS

    Not that high on Barr, Seems to disappear in games. Would rather have a DE or QB. Think our backers are ok.

  • dplunk

    I would think very few players that were taking PED’s and got off of it; can actually be the players the were when taking PED’s

  • 10centsworth

    I know, I know. RTF, I don’t COLLAPSE you when you actually try to talk football. But gent, sometimes you just blow the lid on taste, dialogue, perspective. Tell me I’m wrong.

  • RTF916

    Because down voting someone when nobody can tell it’s you is courageous.

  • PartyPooper

    In other words, ‘play wit me. someone play wit me.’
    You ever consider the fact others know your limits, and consider it a waste of time?
    Like I’m doing now?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Dumb

  • RediaR

    That would be an unspeakably dumb move.

  • PartyPooper

    lol WHO CARES?
    Seriously.
    I mean, you actually care?
    Why do you even notice?

    I get it. You didn’t get a valentine from the blonde hottie in 2nd grade.
    This isn’t the same.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I wonder if Pashos, Gurode, Barnes, and Brisiel are going to retire.

    I like McCants, I think he was a steal. If we lose Vehldeer to free agency we should still be okay if Watson is 100%.
    We will need to draft an OL in the 3rd or 4th that will cost us WR, TE, pass rush specialist, or QB though.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    There you go. I did up vote miss tick last night several times just for giggles, and led a campaign to get Kooky over 100% approval rating(by his flawed metric) and that’s about all the use I have for them arrows.
    Not sure the flag does a damn thing. Email more effective.

  • loyal

    RM = 8-19. Could well be 8-24. Who will we beat………Cowboys and Jets? Then RM would be 10-22.

  • RTF916

    This is a blog for football discussion. Why would anyone be here other than to look for someone to “play” with in that regard. That’s what we do here. Talk football. Tha’ts our form of playing. It’s an adult playground. And it can be a fun place when people actually do discuss football, instead of just attack people for disagreeing with them

  • PartyPooper

    Crying about it=the sensitive man’s sniffle.

  • RTF916

    Maybe you don’t notice that you’re trying to attribute the common negative behavior on this blog to me, but anyone with a brain can. Some of the people you regularly associate with in here are some of the most serial offenders of the behavior you speak of. But they’re just on your team. They’re your pit bulls.

  • 10centsworth

    The beauty of COLLAPSE is…it also collapses all the dolts who respond. Hey, makes MY blog a better place to hang.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    so far the only first round players that have preformed are Austin and Richardson.

  • PartyPooper

    How long is DA’s contract?
    He’s pretty much gone, only because he’s had his two years, and this year is done.
    Reggie will be here, but DA hasn’t made a mark anyone cares about.
    Raider World=revolving head coaches

  • CJ Legend 34

    I love the shield but the only thing being worse than a Raiders fan the last decade is beng a Browns fan! We have sucked for over a decade…D@mn!!! I need a beer(sssssssssss).