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Raiders vs. Titans: Keys to the game

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Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year's meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year’s meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

RAIDERS (1-1) VS. TITANS (1-1)

5 p.m., Saturday, Oakland Coliseum

TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, Dan Fouts, Tracy Wolfson)

Radio: 98.5/102.1 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

LINE

Raiders by 3 1/2

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Raiders defense vs. Titans running game. Tennessee was second in the NFL running the ball through the first two preseason games. DeMarco Murray comes in with 11 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown and reigning Heisman Trophy winner has carried 15 times for 105 yards and a score. The Raiders were gashed on the ground last week by a physical back in the Packers’ Eddie Lacy and will be tested by this duo. Murray is 6-foot, 217 pounds and Henry is a massive 6-3, 247. That will be a test for the 6-foot, 230-pound Ben Heeney and the rest of the Raiders defense.

STATS TO LIVE BY

Derek Carr has gone his past five preseason games without a touchdown pass, going 40 of 71 for 416 yards and three interceptions since his three-touchdown game against Seattle to close the exhibition schedule in his rookie season on 2014. … Raiders running backs are averaging 5.3 yards per carry this preseason, although that drops to just 3.3 per attempt when you take away George Atkinson III’s long touchdown runs of 53 and 35 yards. … Oakland has yet to allow a sack in the first two preseason games, while notching four of its own (Khalil Mack, Neiron Ball, Shilique Calhoun, Drew Iddings).

FAMILIAR FACES

Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson was a fourth round pick in 1991 of the Houston Oilers, who later became the Titans. He played 10 seasons for the organization, then spent 2003-11 in various staff roles. … Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgraves was the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta for Mike Mularkey, now the Titans’ head coach. … Titans’ first-round pick Jake Conklin (No. 8 overall) was college teammates with the Raiders’ third- and fourth-round picks, Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook at Michigan State.

LAST MEETING

The Raiders went to Nashville in Week 12 last season and notched a 24-21 win to snap a three-game losing streak. Derek Carr found Seth Roberts for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:21 remaining for the game-winning and Nate Allen sealed the win with an interception. Roberts had a career day, going for 113 yards on six catches and grabbing two touchdowns. The Raiders were the benefits of some fortune in the game, with a questionable defensive holding call on Tennessee keeping that final drive alive on fourth down to allow Carr and Roberts to hook up for the game-winner. It was one of Carr’s four game-winning drives he led last season.

INJURY IMPACT

The Raiders remain without defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and tight end Gabe Holmes, who has yet to be placed on IR but is expected to end up there (probably as soon as Tuesday when the roster must be reduced to 75). Safety Reggie Nelson is expected to miss this one for the Raiders, but they will welcome the debut of rookie running back Jalen Richard after he missed two weeks with a knee injury.

THE WEATHER FACTOR

The forecast calls for mostly sunny and 68 degrees at the opening kickoff, cooling to 62 degrees by the end of the game.

QUOTABLE:

“I know I’m going to get some of the raspberries from the infield, bring me back to the baseball days. I’m excited.” — LINEBACKER BEN HEENEY, on playing at the Coliseum and it’s baseball dirt infield

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • Dakota

    He doesn’t get many.

  • 24

    A pink tutu

  • Fugazi

    I hope to see some whipped cream on that vanilla

  • 24

    Well hes a Raider now so things will change.

  • Morilla_00

    Hooooorah

  • 24
  • BroKnowsL.A

    Good game game and Bryant is up.

  • 24
  • BroKnowsL.A

    My goodness.

  • Fugazi

    That works for me. Those three cherries are for the first three scores. 17-0

  • R8RCatDave

    Derelict parents, buy her some new jeans

  • 24
  • Fugazi

    Oy Vey

  • 24

    Looking forward to seeing the girls play tonight

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Russell held out.

    Seems like SD tried to do a Reggie on Bosa.

  • eastoaklandraider

    https://youtu.be/eZ6e0CYqBDo
    ————-
    Slowly but surely the Raiders stadium issue will be solved in Oakland.
    And it also looks like the A’s are serious about the Howard Terminal site. Things are looking good Raider Nation, bandwagoners.

  • I’ll take the first one in NO.

  • 24

    Well there’s no question there.

  • Sure. Whether “solved” means they kick rocks or not is what is up in the air.

  • 24

    I can’t watch him talk, he makes me want to pull my eyes out.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Ronnie doesn’t have the money and Oakland has less.
    It is what it is.

  • RaidingTexas

    It that Zennie again?

  • 24

    Meanwhile…Raiders file trademark for Las Vegas Raiders…

  • Rifflicks

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

  • 24

    You got the girls coming over to be your sleep aid?

  • RaidingTexas

    Subtle reference to our first team offense?

  • Oh I had no intentions of clicking play on that.

  • BroKnowsL.A

    lol

  • Rifflicks

    I thought all of you REAL Raider fans went to the games?

  • 24

    Geez man…big kid. Reggie likely scouting him already.

    https://twitter.com/SprowESPN/status/769665628454187008

  • RaidO

    They want ownership=20%. Not going to happen.

    Las Vegas Raiders

  • PlunkforHOF

    That was Simon and Garfunkel.

  • 24

    Ball is becoming very unreliable and that makes our Linebacker depth worrisome.

    Jimmy Durkin ‏@Jimmy_Durkin 37s37 seconds ago
    Jimmy Durkin Retweeted OAKLAND RAIDERS
    Neiron Ball and Reggie Nelson are out.

  • eastoaklandraider

    He does speak very slow

  • Fugazi

    He’s a HS ringer

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  • eastoaklandraider

    That’s just a technicality doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things

  • 24

    How do you guys feel about Mariota as a QB so far?

  • 24
  • Fugazi

    You think Ball is done?

  • eastoaklandraider

    Have to see how he progresses this upcoming season if it becomes a better passer he will be a lethal quarterback

  • timetojam

    Better than i thought, but future undecided

  • 24

    It means a lot in the progression of he Vegas situation while Oakland has no progress.

  • PlunkforHOF

    You were gone before I could ask you this question yesterday. I’ve been a Raider fan since I started playing high school ball in 1969. I’ve never lived in Oakland. Does this mean I’m a bandwaggoner?

  • Rifflicks

    so you can understand

  • Rifflicks

    WHO CARES?

  • I think he’ll be solid. Whether he can be elite is questionable, but I think he can be a top 7-15 guy for while as long as he can stay healthy. Maybe Matt Ryan with legs in terms of ranking range.

  • Could also just crap out.

  • 24

    I just think hes a guy that can’t stay healthy and can’t stay on the field. He looks talented but what good is that if not healthy?

  • Rifflicks

    just like your life

  • Back-N-Black

    there is a new post