Titans Take Down Raiders

Glenn Kaplan
2019 NFL Draft Hats from New Era

The Tennessee Titans and the Oakland Raiders were dead locked even at 21 points heading into halftime. This was a huge game for both teams because Tennessee was looking to keep pace in the AFC South with the Houston Texans and Oakland wanted to keep pace for the sixth spot in the AFC with the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5).

The Titans outscored the Raiders in the second-half 21-0 and Tennessee was able to take down Oakland by a score of 42-21.

The Tennessee Titans offense is starting to click all of a sudden with Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback. He was won his last six-out-of-seven starts. Tannehill completed 21-of-27 passes for 391 yards three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 19 yards on four carries.

Before the day started, their are reports out that Tennessee is looking to give the 31-year-old a new contract in the offseason.

After Ryan Tannehill was picked off by Maurice Hurst Jr. because of a Dion Jordan, Tannehill made a booming tackle on Hurst Jr.

The Raiders drive started at the 24-yard line. It led to a 14-yard touchdown run by DeAndre Washington. Washington finished with 53 yards rushing on 14 carries and a score. He also caught six passes for 43 yards receiving.

Josh Jacobs did not play in this game due to a shoulder injury. He will most likely get an MRI on Monday. It is quite possible that maybe Oakland should just shut him down for the season. Jacobs is a huge component of this team moving forward.

Jalen Richard had 28 yards rushing on seven carries. He also caught two passes for 18 yards receiving.

On the ensuing drive for the Titans, Derrick Henry scored on a 12-yard rushing touchdown.

In the second-quarter, A.J. Brown caught a 91-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill.

Derek Carr threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Rico Gafford on the ensuing drive. That was Gafford's only reception in the game.

Tannehill threw a 16-yard touchdown pass later in the second-quarter to A.J. Brown. Brown caught five passes for 153 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Derek Carr threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Foster Moreau with 24 seconds remaining in the second-quarter. Carr completed 25-of-34 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 17 yards on two carries.

Moreau caught three passes for 14 yards receiving and a touchdown. Foster Moreau also had potentially a season-ending injury in this game, according to Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden.

Moreau will be one of the building blocks for this franchise moving forward.

Darren Waller was the leading receiver in this game for Oakland with six receptions for 73 yards receiving.

Ryan Succop missed a 42-yard field goal before halftime.

Derrick Henry scored on a 10-yard touchdown on the opening drive in the second-half for Tennessee. He finished the game with 103 yards rushing on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Henry also caught one pass for six yards receiving.

Tannehill threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith in the fourth-quarter for the Tennessee Titans. Smith caught three passes for 29 yards receiving and a touchdown. He has being doing alright in the absence of Delaine Walker at tight end, who was placed on injured reserve a few weeks ago.

Jayon Brown recovered a fumble for Tennessee and he took it 46 yards for a touchdown.

The Titans basically dashed the Oakland Raiders playoff hopes.

With the loss and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-4) win over the New England Patriots (10-3) on the road by a score of 23-16, Kansas City officially wins the AFC West Title for the fourth consecutive season.

As for Tennessee, the AFC South Crown is still within reach. They have not won the AFC South Title since the 2008 season when they went 13-3 and were the number one seed and lost in the AFC Divisional Round against the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 13-10.

The Houston Texans laid an egg at home on Sunday afternoon against the Denver Broncos (5-8) by a score of 38-24.

Houston and the Tennessee Titans both identical records now. The Texans at the moment are currently in first place in the AFC South because they have a better divisional record.

Tennessee (8-5) will host the Texans (8-5) next Sunday in a huge AFC Divisional Showdown. These two teams will be playing each other twice in the final three weeks of the regular season.

Oakland (6-7) will host the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) next Sunday.

 

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