Titans seek another rare win at home against Raiders

Published 11:00 pm Saturday, September 24, 2016

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jack Del Rio and his Raiders are busy tuning up a defense that has been as bad as their offense has been good, a unit weighing down some very high expectations for Oakland.

The Tennessee Titans just want to win consecutive games for the first time in more than two seasons.

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“It just shows that if we can win this game the new direction that our team is going in, and I think the guys are looking forward to that new challenge,” Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said.

These teams know each other very well, with today the third time they’ve met in the past 10 months, counting a preseason game. Oakland won 24-21 in Nashville last November on a late touchdown scored only after a fourth down Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the NFL called “poorly officiated.” The Titans won the preseason game in Oakland 27-14 .

The Raiders (1-1) are coming off a 35-28 loss to Atlanta in their home opener, while the Titans (1-1) rebounded from dropping their season opener at home to Minnesota by pulling out a 16-15 win at Detroit with Marcus Mariota notching his third comeback win in his 14th start. Tennessee has not won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season.

“Hopefully we can get on a roll,” Mariota said.