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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.

  • 24

    So I’m guessing Richard runs for 200 yards in this game and likely steals everyones jobs.

  • willy91137

    I want to see them dominate one quarter

  • jesusraiderjim

    Pre season HOF candidate. You are learning.

  • jesusraiderjim

    As a joke.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I like him, so I’ve stayed away from that one.
    He has gone off the rails though.
    Post Traumatic Relocation Disorder?

  • SnBG

    if I have to name a street in the city that I had enjoyed the most, I think on paseo de Reforma, this avenue is beautiful all the way, surrounded by big trees that provide you a fresh shadow, modern hotels and business buildings, historical landscapes like Castillo de Chapultepec, iconic statues like ángel de la independence, Diana cazadora and el caballito. Full of art pieces all around, it is also nice to rent one of the available bikes in almost each corner and take a ride across paseo de reforma, If you go to CDMX make sure to visit this incredible road.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Will it be you or a whole family unit?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Right? Can always count on willy

  • willy91137

    You can have great players playing very poorly in the wrong system is called situational football

  • Rifflicks

    If he can show some “wiggle” and move through a crowd for positive yardage I’m sold he be a keeper…..no one on the roster has shown that ability

  • Fugazi

    If thats a typo I’m Howie Long

  • SaintKaufman

    LOL! How the heck are ya Purv??

  • SaintKaufman

    Carr to be his backup??

  • jesusraiderjim

    Willy would show him his autographed pic of Sonny and Cher

  • Steveopa

    If you really think about how we are taught the flag represents equality it is a lie. There has always been unfair treatment of certain Americans. We can start by black slaves, native Americans, the Chinese, Irish immigrants, polish immigrants, Latinos, and the lgbt community to name a few. We need to start recognizing when there is injustice and finding solutions to fix them instead of acting like our country doesn’t have issues. Ignoring issues and never addressing them just cause more issues down the road.

  • jesusraiderjim

    415/510

  • jesusraiderjim

    On coke. Have you ever see. A Weed Bear on coke? Scary Bro

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    starting tomorrow i dominate your fantasy football league. You ready big dog?

  • 24

    Is that…Jamarcus’ family?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    I think 185 yards would do just fine

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Andrew East?

  • 24

    Our country is built on a lie. This country is the biggest con and biggest hypocrite. I support anybody sitting down for a poor representation of what they call The United States. We are divided.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Doing good.
    You?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Who has more rushing yards?? Murray, Washington or Richards.. I think Murray does

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I suppose everyone saw where Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot in Chicago? And Trump is inexplicably using it as a reason to vote for him?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS
  • Steveopa

    The problem is everyone is only worried about the issues that are directly effecting them. We need to care more about our fellow Americans.

  • 24

    Murray will have more than Richards 200? Wow!

  • 24

    Yeah I saw it…hes an idiot

  • SaintKaufman

    Just fine, thanks. We finally getting a break from the heat starting today. Breaking records this week.

  • RaidingTexas

    I think he was saying currently “has”, not “will have”.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Ain’t no RB getting two bills..

  • 24

    Most people are living comfortable lives here and are unaware of the problems and have nothing to fight for.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I should of said who will have MORE rushing yards in this game.. And i will go with Murray

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    they probably should, if they want to see real change

  • RaidingTexas

    Raiders have already said that D-Dub and Richard are getting 1st team reps tonight. So it’s a pretty dicey gamble to say that.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    What real change??

  • R8derdiehard

    GAMEDAY!!! Really hope to see bothe lines push some people around. We spent to much money beefing up the oline especially. Them some big boys need to see some heads roll

  • 24

    Well…201 yards by Murray should solidify his starting job

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Okaaaay. What exactly is Trump going to do to rebuild the inner cities and end gun violence? Be specific.

  • Rifflicks

    then get more than 15 – 20% of people to vote in “Local” elections and start getting involved
    the lazy, apathetic, citizens that can’t be bothered to get involved deserve the politicians and legislation that follows

  • 24

    Yeah…real change but not good change

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Had a wonderful threat of thundershowers on the two most brutal hiking days in the Sierras last week.
    Would have died in the full sun, and only needed the rain jacket once for a half hour.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Im holding strong and say Murray does.. Who do you think will get more yards??

  • jesusraiderjim

    Martial Law. It’s on beeches.

  • SaintKaufman

    You are crazy man! I won’t even work in the yard if it’s too hot.

  • RaidingTexas

    “Martial law until we can figure out what the hell is going on!”

  • 24

    Better get people in camps while we’re at it too

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    same thing as Hillary. sit on hands?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Break camp and load the llamas, kind of have to move on up the trail.