Raiders defense looking for redemption against Titans


ALAMEDA — The Raiders defense hopes to leave a better first impression when it faces the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.

Oakalnd was ramshackled a week ago on its opening possession when the Green Bay Packers marched down on a 14-play touchdown drive. Eddie Lacy had 45 yards on nine carries.

Now the Raiders get a crack at the Titans, who through the first two weeks of exhibition games were second only to the 49ers in rushing, gaining 192.0 yards per game.

“They’re running the ball as well as anybody in the league right now so it’ll be a good test for our defense,” coach Jack Del Rio said.

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. was ready and waiting for questions about how his unit performed in Green Bay, letting out a chuckle as the inquiry came in.

“We played a good team,” Norton said of the Packers. “They’re a playoff team, they’ve been really good for a long time. It’s good for us to go up against teams that have been pretty good and at the same time match up to see where we stand.”

The Raiders have designs on being a good team themselves, one that’s physical and tough in the trenches. That’s why they’re looking forward to facing the Titans and their potent rushing attack.

DeMarco Murray, at 6-foot, 217 pounds, is coming off a disappointing season in Philadelphia but still just two years removed from leading the NFL in rushing yards.

Whatever early carries he doesn’t get should go to Derrick Henry, the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Heisman Trophy-winning back from Alabama.

Norton and the defense are glad they’ll be quickly challenged again, not only by Murray and Henry, but by another Heisman winner in Titans second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota.

“You want to be tested,” Norton said. “We’ll see how good we are and our run fits and our energy and effort, our ability to play a mobile quarterback, because you have to be good against the run, you have to certainly contain your quarterback and you have to play good solid ball.”

The Raiders struggled against the Packers to fill the appropriate running lanes from the second level and got pushed away at the line of scrimmage. The starters settled down and played well the rest of the first half, but by then Lacy was watching from the sidelines.

“We got out there, didn’t get off to a fast start like we wanted to and they took advantage of it,” linebacker Ben Heeney said. “They were running a lot of downhill runs and a lot of outside runs. At first we just couldn’t stop it, but we made adjustments and that’s what we had to do. I think we were pretty good after that.”

Malcolm Smith said the defense needs to be more mentally prepared.

“In certain areas, we were a little too overagressive and overplaying things,” Smith said. “We’ve just got to settle ourselves and get our feet right.”


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • rml

    Not yet, I’m hoping they improve as they get more playing time together

  • inonewordraider


  • startsthefire

    Got it. Same vulnerability with a Mac?

  • Raiders21

    Noticed he came up gimpy in the Green Bay game and the announcers didn’t notice or say anything

  • Dan78

    Did you see how the wall opened up and Al’s torch lit up… This stadium would out do Kroenke’s and Jerruhs…

  • JLofty

    Similar perhaps. Maybe less vulnerable. But still I wouldn’t do it. As teabag says it’s unwatchable…

  • It’s on CBS nationally

  • inonewordraider

    Idk, 250m is 250m, no dough no show

  • startsthefire

    Alright. Thanks for the help.


    Bo going to the party I bet.

  • startsthefire

    apparently not in Colorado.

  • BroKnows34

    Hall of Fame long snapper. You heard it here first! lol

  • Man, that is bad stereotyping of Las Vegas.
    I lived on the strip basically for years, never saw a parachuting Elvis or Oompa Loompa’s.
    More like a star studded cast of performers with lots of fireworks and cool stage theatrics.

  • Guest123

    Is it just me or did Vic Beasley look like trash last night? He was hyped in here beyond reason and some even clamored for taking him ahead of K Mack. Fess up if that was you.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    It’s mind blowing dude.. That is what you call a WORLD Class Stadium!! That would be a TOP 2 stadium in the league

  • And yet they still went 3-13 last year.
    Blocking schmocking

  • Dan78

    Did you see the video of the stadium… Off the hook..

  • Eat some!

  • See we can agree on something!

  • I’m a uniter.

  • Dan78

    In the world bro..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    It’s Vegas for crying out loud!! They take a back seat to nobody

  • BroKnows34

    Ken Norton Jr. on undersized Raiders strong safety Karl Joseph: ‘He’s a pack of dynamite’


  • Shame

  • R8erEduc8er


  • Justin Timberlake is the latest Vegas residency act, so safe bet there.

  • willy91137

    Jalen Richard is supposed to play tomorrow the coaching staff seem excited to watch him play

    undrafted free agent

  • Great Raider – Al found him and signed him to our practice squad in 2006 – oh yeah we have a blogger who won’t stop posting about him. He is almost a “Rock Star”

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yeah!! It’s crazy to even think OUR RAIDERS could play in something like that..

  • He would be the first and most deserving – maybe a hologram of Al can induct him?

  • Arkraider

    What took so long? We’ve all been waiting. Hahaha

  • I am excited to see him not only play but unseat Murray and give us a legitimate running game.

    Good morning Willy.

  • Not sure why.
    I get everything basically as far as regional NFL broadcasts in ABQ that Colorado gets.
    I am getting the game.

  • Wayne Newton II

  • SB3

    If the Raiders did ever move to Vegas, will that be a good thing for JFB’s health lol?

  • Dr. Robert

  • Dan78

    Caitlyn Jenner to sing him Happy Birthday tonight… Mr. Long Snapper… Lol…

  • startsthefire

    I’ll have her look it up again.

  • willy91137

    and the top of the morning to you 666 happy Friday

  • Guest123

    Chicks dig the long snappers

  • LOL instead of Marilyn Monroe LMFAO

  • BroKnows34

    Can the hologram project an overhead projector, projected on a wall? If so, super cool!

  • New post

  • Maybe just a hologram of the overhead projector with Al’s voice

  • Dan78

    I’d go hang out with him…. He has connections…

  • That and many other things LOL

    Did you see the stupid OSU player get in trouble again yesterday?

  • Dan78

    Yep.. Lol..

  • Naturally. Suckeyes sucking is not news anymore.

  • BroKnows34

    What’s up Willy?!? Enjoy your Friday and the rest of the weekend!

  • Wake and bake – no work today.