TENNESSEE TITANS vs. OAKLAND RAIDERS
CBS (WFAA-TV Ch. 5)
About the Titans:
• Running back Chris Johnson has rushed for 3,234 yards in his brief career. Only Eric Dickerson (3,318) and Edgerrin James (3,262) had more after their first two NFL seasons. Johnson enters the season with a streak of 11 straight 100-yard rushing games.
• Vince Young leads all NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards and touchdowns since the start of the 2006 season. In that time he has run for 1,255 yards and 12 touchdowns.
• Only eight defensive tackles in the NFL have had nine sacks or more in the last two seasons combined. Two of them, Tony Brown and Jason Jones (nine each) currently play for Tennessee. One of the others, Albert Haynesworth, played for the Titans in 2008.
• They have scored 17 points or fewer in each of their last six season-openers but have gone 3-3 over that span. The last time they scored more than 17 in Week 1 was when they defeated Oakland 25-20 in 2003.
About the Raiders:
• They have their own Chris Johnson. The fourth-year cornerback tied for the team lead with three interceptions in 2009. He also broke up 18 passes.
• Jason Campbell is fourth among all NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards since the start of the 2006 season. In that time he has run for 786 yards and three touchdowns.
• Safety Tyvon Branch led all NFL defensive backs with 124 tackles in 2009. He was 10th in the league overall and added one sack and two forced fumbles.
• They won just five times all of last season, but four of those five came with fourth-quarter comebacks. All four came against AFC teams.
Something to consider:
• The Titans are 58-49 all-time under Jeff Fisher in games decided by seven points or fewer. During that time they have five victories over the Raiders, all of them by seven points or fewer. The Raiders’ four victories over that same stretch all have been by a minimum of nie points,
• The Raiders have played in Tennessee on the NFL’s opening weekend twice previously – and lost both times. They fell 24-21 to the Tennessee Oilers at the Liberty Bowl in 1997 and lost 25-20 to the Titans in a 2003 prime time contest.
No other team has opened the season in the state more than once.
The Raiders are going to surprise a lot of people by playing well early. They probably will lead at halftime, but somewhere in the second half they’ll give up a big play – either a long run by Chris Johnson by the defense or a turnover deep in their own territory by the offense. That will give the Titans all they need to go in front and stay there.
Tennessee 20, Oakland 16