Sunday, September 12 TIME (ET)
The Raiders seem to be doing much better without JaMarcus Russell and finished their preseason campaign with three wins. That’s just two less than what the team had at the end of the 2009 season, finishing 5-11 for their seventh straight season under .500.
Most of that success has been from the revamping of a defense that was ranked 26th in total team defense while 29th against the run a year ago. However, they did rank 7th against the pass, with a solid pass rush that racked up 37 sacks.
But it’s not just the defense that has shown improvement, the emergence of quarterback Jason Campbell has been the spark to ignite the Raiders anemic offense that averaged less than 15 points per game.
But can Campbell carry the load for 16 games alone? Probably not, but he won’t have to. He will surely have plenty of help, starting with RB Darren McFadden along with some speedy receivers come Sunday.
The defense will be instrumental in the teams match up against the Titans who come at them with one of the best running backs in the league–Chris Johnson, who will be hoping the Raiders’ defense will give him a healthy start on his way to breaking Eric Dickerson’s NFL season record of 2,105 rushing yards.
If that’s not enough to worry about, Oakland will have to contend with dual threat quarterback Vince Young who threw for nearly 1,900 yards and 10 TDs after coming off the bench a year ago in replacement of a struggling Kerry Collins. You can be sure the 27-year old will be itching to get a good start at leading Tennessee back to the top of the AFC South with an early win at home over Oakland.
If the Raiders can’t force the Titans to try and beat them in the air, this one will go to Tennessee.
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Oakland Raiders Betting Trends:
- Oakland is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
- Oakland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland’s last 6 games when playing Tennessee
- Oakland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tennessee
Tennessee Titans Betting Trends:
- Tennessee8-2-1 SU in its last 11 games
- Tennessee is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
- Tennessee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Tennessee5-1-1 SU in its last 7 games at home