Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans Week 3 Preview
The Oakland Raiders will visit the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, September 25th, as both teams look to post a winning record and give fans a chance to do some online NFL betting while they’re at it. The odds for the game at the BetNow football betting site are:
Raiders +1 (-105) 47 (-110)
Titans -1 (-115) 47 (-110)
The Raiders lost their opening home game 28-35 to the Atlanta Falcons in week 2. Oakland seemed to have the tied the game after Falcons wide receiver Justin Hardy scored a TD in the fourth quarter, when Amari Cooper caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from QB Derek Carr. However, officials ruled that Cooper voluntarily went out of bounds prior to the reception. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio – not related to Ennis Del Mar – opted to go for it on fourth-and-2, but Jalen Richard was stopped on a 1-yard gain. Del Rio may have gone to the well once too may, as he had already gone for it on fourth-and-goal earlier in the game, resulting in a 2-yard TD pass to Michael Crabtree. Atlanta added an insurance touchdown on a 13-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman, and like Jessica Fletcher, that was all she wrote.
The Titans broke a five-game losing streak and barely defeated the Detroit Lions 16-15 at Ford Field on Sunday. Starting QB Marcus Mariota converted a fourth down with a picture perfect 9-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson. The Titans started five possessions in Detroit at their 9 or closer to their end zone, making it tough to win the battle of field position. DeMarco Murray made his longest run since his rookie year in 2011 with 67 yards, but the Tennessee could not capitalize on it because of penalties in a game that was chock full of them. The Titans went 93 yards on 13 plays over almost 6 minutes on the game-winning drive.
If offense were all that matters in a football game, the online NFL betting odds would favor the Raiders against the Titans, hands down. Oakland is averaging 31.5 points and 470.0 total yards (309.0 passing and 161.0 rushing) per game. Third year QB Derek Carr held his own opposite Drew Brees in week 1, and went 34 of 45 for 299 passing yards and three touchdowns versus the Falcons, so his game is consistent, win, lose, or draw. It doesn’t hurt either that the O-line has been among the best so far in the league. Finally, coach Del Rio has made good on his promise that the Raiders would run the ball and dominate the line of scrimmage.
Oakland’s weak spot, however, is the defense. The Raiders are yielding 34.5 points and 517.5 total yards (404.0 passing and 113.5 rushing) per game. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 396 yards and three TDs, and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman added 139 yards on the ground. The Titans are averaging 16.0 points and 339.5 yards per game, but the online NFL betting odds could be on their side with a defense as permissive as that of the Raiders.