Tennessee vs Oakland NFL Handicapping
Two teams that are sitting under .500 but are still in the playoff race will face off on Sunday when the Titans arrive in Oakland to take on the Raiders in the Black Hole.
When: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. EST
Where: O.co Coliseum
LINE: +1 (Raiders), O/U 41.5
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Tennessee (4-6) has dropped five of its last six games, including back-to-back defeats by a combined five points, the most recent — a 30-27 loss the Colts the last time out.
They have had an extra few days to prepare the Raiders who put an end to a two-game skid with a 28-23 victory at Houston last week.
The Titans will bring an offense that is averaging just 22 points and 324 yards per game, after losing quarterback Jake Locker who is gone for the season.
Enter, Ryan Fitzpatrick who has tossed for five touchdowns and four interceptions this season, and since replacing Locker has completed 44-of-61 for 486 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. A pretty decent showing in consecutive strong efforts, but he doesn’t have a victory to show for it.
Defensively, the Titans allows 22 points and 330 yards per game and wasted a 14-0 first-quarter lead to Indianapolis.
The will need to play much more consistent against Oakland, which despite averaging 19 points and 331 yards per game, battled to a 28-23 triumph over the lowly Houston Texans last time out, behind a sold outing from rookie quarterback Matt McGloin, who threw for three scoring passes in leading the Raiders to a season-high point total.
McGloin will once again get the nod on Sunday, subbing for Terrelle Pryor, who is out with a knee injury.
Hovever, McGloin isn’t the only backup to come up big for Oakland – running back Rashad Jennings rushed for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown against Houston and has piled up 340 yards on the ground over the past three games in filling in for an injured Darren McFadden.
The Raiders defense meanwhile, is allowing 24 points and 350 yards per game and they are dead even in turnover ratio.
Matt’s Free Prediction
Expect a heavy dose of the run game from the Raiders, who are fourth in the league with an average of 145 yards rushing.
If they can control the clock with their dominate rushing attack, keeping the Titans offense off the field, then should have no problem covering here.
Raiders 20, Titans 17