TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: O.Co Coliseum
Weather: High 62, Low 45
Line: Oakland (-1)
Beginning the season off strong, the Tennessee Titans were looking like a surprise contender, but have since fallen off — especially after losing Jake Locker. The Titans are now 4-6 on the season and they will have to rely heavily on Ryan Fitzpatrick for the remainder of the year. Locker looked as if he was improving before his devastating foot injury, passing for 1,256 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Kendall Wright will likely continue to be the team’s leading receiver as he has 59 catches for 660 yards and a touchdown on the year. Chris Johnson has come on strong as of late at the running back position, rushing for 634 yards and four touchdowns on the year, improving his yards per carry to 3.8.
The Oakland Raiders weren’t expected to do much of anything this season, but winning four of their first 10 games is definitely considered exceeding expectations. Terrelle Pryor has been more effective at quarterback than anyone had though possible, passing for 1,559 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for another 504 yards and two touchdowns — leading the team in both passing and rushing. Denarius Moore has led the team in receiving with 569 yards and five touchdowns on 37 catches while Rod Streater isn’t too far behind, catching 35 passes for 507 yards and two scores. Darren McFadden has been non-existent due to injuries, but Rashad Jennings has capitalized in his absence, rushing for 480 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Titans rank in the top 10 in both passing yards and total yards allowed per game. However, Tennessee has struggled to stop the run, ranking 20th in the NFL. The Raiders aren’t as solid on defense as the Titans, ranking 17th in total yards allowed and 25th in passing yards allowed. They do excel in run-stopping, however, ranking sixth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Titans 20, Raiders 23