Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans

OAK
26
TEN
16
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TEN 733316

Game Information
Location: Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 69,089

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derek Carr showed the advantage of having a year of experience and a better supporting cast in a season opener pitting two of the NFL's rising, young quarterbacks.

Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, and Oakland beat Tennessee 26-16 to give Carr his third straight win over Marcus Mariota and his Titans in as many years.

"It was fun to be back out," Carr said.

Amari Cooper caught a TD pass as the Raiders made the Titans pay for opening the season with an onside kick they couldn't recover.

Marshawn Lynch also looked very refreshed after his year away from football. Lynch finished with 18 carries for 76 yards - 10 in the fourth quarter.

"We're one for one with that," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said of using Lynch late. "And that's the idea to be able to close these things, and we did that very well."

Giorgio Tavecchio kicked field goals of 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in his NFL debut. He was signed Friday to fill in for the Raiders' all-time leading scorer and 18-year veteran Sebastian Janikowski, who's on injured reserve with a bad back.

Both Carr and Mariota broke their right leg hours apart on Christmas Eve for season-ending injuries. Carr finished his third season by tying Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas for third in voting for the AP MVP award after leading Oakland to a 12-4 season, while Mariota led the Titans to a 9-7 mark in just his second season.

Mariota looked healthy in running for a 10-yard TD and threw for 256 yards.

While Mariota was healthy for training camp, the Titans' top offseason additions of rookie wide receiver Corey Davis and veteran Eric Decker weren't. The Titans had to settle for a pair of Ryan Succop field goals after driving inside the Oakland 10.

"When you play against a good team like Oakland, you have to hit on all cylinders, and unfortunately we didn't make enough plays," Mariota said.

ONSIDE KICK

The Titans became the first team since 2009 to open a season with an onside kick. The Minnesota Vikings were the previous, and they also didn't recover the kick. Ryan Succop's kick went to Shalom Luani. Carr completed three passes, Lynch rumbled 14 yards on his first carry, and Cooper finished the drive with an 8-yard TD catch for a quick 7-0 lead .

Titans coach Mike Mularkey defended his decision to open with an onside kick, saying he wanted the ball for his offense. No, he didn't second-guess himself. "Not for a second," Mularkey said.

BEAST MODE

Lynch took the first carry of the game for Oakland and rumbled right over Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey on the Raiders' final scoring drive on one of his six rushes to set up the clinching field goal.

Lynch accidentally interrupted Del Rio's postgame interview and told a team official he had been available for three minutes. "They didn't holler at me. I'm good right?" Lynch said to laughter before closing the door and leaving.

BLAME ME

After Lynch picked up a first down on fourth-and-1 inside the Titans 5, the Raiders didn't give him the ball again with Carr throwing three straight passes to Cooper.

The wide receiver dropped the first, Titans rookie Adoree Jackson got a hand in breaking up the second and Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo got his right fingers on the third that Cooper couldn't pull in at the back of the end zone.

Carr complimented Jackson's play while also blaming himself for not making better throws. "I'm completely fine with saying I screwed up," Carr said. "I did a couple times. It always happens in a Week 1, but when you win you can sit back and realize that we could've had so much more."

HITTING CARR

The Raiders led the NFL in 2016 in the fewest sacks allowed and went 10 games allowing one sack or fewer. The Titans sacked Carr on back-to-back plays early in the second quarter with Wesley Woodyard, then Derrick Morgan taking the quarterback down. Tennessee didn't get to Carr again.

UP NEXT

Raiders: Host Jets.

Titans: Visit Jaguars.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Titans
12:49 Amari Cooper 8 yd pass from Derek Carr (Giorgio Tavecchio kick) 7 0
06:58 Marcus Mariota 10 yd run (Ryan Succop kick) 7 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Titans
14:55 Giorgio Tavecchio 20 yd FG 10 7
00:43 Ryan Succop 23 yd FG 10 10
00:00 Giorgio Tavecchio 52 yd FG 13 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Titans
04:31 Giorgio Tavecchio 52 yd FG 16 10
00:00 Ryan Succop 26 yd FG 16 13

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Titans
11:58 Seth Roberts 19 yd pass from Derek Carr (Giorgio Tavecchio kick) 23 13
04:49 Ryan Succop 52 yd FG 23 16
01:09 Giorgio Tavecchio 43 yd FG 26 16

Team Stats
  Oakland Tennessee
1st Downs 22 21
Total Yards 359 350
Passing 250 255
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-32 25-41
Yards/Pass 7.4 6.1
Rushing 109 95
Rushing Attempts 29 21
Yards/Rush 3.8 4.5
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 31:39 28:21

Oakland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Derek Carr 22 32 262 8.2 2 0

Tennessee Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Marcus Mariota 25 41 256 6.2 0 0

Oakland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Marshawn Lynch 18 76 4.2 0 14
Jalen Richard 5 22 4.4 0 9
Cordarrelle Patterson 1 5 5.0 0 5
DeAndre Washington 3 4 1.3 0 4
Derek Carr 2 2 1.0 0 3

Tennessee Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
DeMarco Murray 12 44 3.7 0 21
Marcus Mariota 3 26 8.7 1 15
Derrick Henry 6 25 4.2 0 8

Oakland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Michael Crabtree 6 83 13.8 0 25
Amari Cooper 5 62 12.4 1 23
Jared Cook 5 56 11.2 0 22
Seth Roberts 1 19 19.0 1 19
DeAndre Washington 2 18 9.0 0 13
Marshawn Lynch 1 16 16.0 0 16
Jalen Richard 1 6 6.0 0 6
Cordarrelle Patterson 1 2 2.0 0 2

Tennessee Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Delanie Walker 7 76 10.9 0 23
Rishard Matthews 5 71 14.2 0 24
Corey Davis 6 69 11.5 0 23
DeMarco Murray 2 16 8.0 0 12
Taywan Taylor 2 14 7.0 0 10
Eric Decker 3 10 3.3 0 8
Jonnu Smith 0 0 0.0 0

Oakland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
TJ Carrie 6 0 0 0
Karl Joseph 6 3 0 0
Reggie Nelson 5 3 0 0
Tyrell Adams 4 3 0 0
Khalil Mack 3 0 0 0
David Amerson 2 0 0 0
Marquel Lee 2 0 0 0
Sean Smith 2 0 0 0
Mario Edwards Jr. 1 2 0.5 0
Justin Ellis 1 1 0.5 0
Bruce Irvin 1 0 0 0
Cory James 1 3 0 0
Dexter McDonald 1 0 0 0
Nicholas Morrow 1 0 0 0
Eddie Vanderdoes 1 0 0 0
Denico Autry 0 1 0 0
James Cowser 0 0 0 0
Cordarrelle Patterson 0 0 0 0

Tennessee Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Kevin Byard 8 0 0 0
Wesley Woodyard 5 3 1 5
Johnathan Cyprien 4 3 0 0
Adoree' Jackson 4 0 0 0
Avery Williamson 4 2 0 0
Jayon Brown 3 1 0 0
Derrick Morgan 2 1 1 7
Da'Norris Searcy 2 1 0 0
Erik Walden 2 0 0 0
DaQuan Jones 1 2 0 0
Karl Klug 1 0 0 0
Brice McCain 1 0 0 0
Brian Orakpo 1 0 0 0
Logan Ryan 1 0 0 0
Tye Smith 1 0 0 0
Austin Johnson 0 1 0 0
Ryan Succop 0 0 0 0
Brynden Trawick 0 0 0 0
Eric Weems 0 0 0 0
Sylvester Williams 0 2 0 0

Oakland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Tennessee Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Oakland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cordarrelle Patterson 1 41 41.0 0 41
Shalom Luani 0.0

Tennessee Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adoree' Jackson 1 35 35.0 0 35

Oakland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jalen Richard 2 5 2.5 0 5

Tennessee Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adoree' Jackson 1 5 5.0 0 5

Oakland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Giorgio Tavecchio 4 4 100.0 52

Tennessee Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ryan Succop 3 4 75.0 52

Oakland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Marquette King 3 158 59

Tennessee Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brett Kern 4 188 53