Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans Preview

Oakland Raiders +4, 35 at Tennessee Titans, 8 pm Eastern Friday, FOX
by Zman of Predictem.com

The Oakland Raiders and new starting QB JaMarcus Russell go up against Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans in the second exhibition game of this season for both teams Friday night in Nashville.

Football bookies are listing Tennessee as four-point home favorites for Friday’s game, with a total of 35. The Titans are also listed at right around -200 on various Vegas moneylines, with Oakland getting +180.

TheRaiders beat San Francisco last Friday 18-6 as home pick ’ems. Russell, last year’s #1 overall draft choice who missed all of last pre-season holding out, played sparingly Friday night, going 2/5 passing. Back-up QB Andrew Walter, the former Oakland starter, then stepped in and went 10-for-12 for 82 yards and tossed a 2-point conversion pass.

The game also stayed below its total of 34.

Oakland outrushed San Fran 248 to 70, thanks to runs of 72 yards by rookie Louis Rankin and 31 yards by QB Marques Tuiasosopo. But the Raiders only threw for 99 yards.

On the other side of this match-up, the Titans beat the St. Louis Rams as three-point home chalk 34-13 Saturday night, racking up nearly 500 yards of offense, 340 on the ground. The game also went over its total of 34.

Tennessee held St. Louis to 76 rushing yards Saturday night, and held a 35-25 time-of-possession advantage. QB Vince Young saw limited action, throwing six passes, while Kerry Collins went 7-of-16 for 105 yards.

Oakland and the Titans met in week 8 of last year, with Tennessee winning 13-9 win as seven-point home favorites. The Raiders led deep into the third quarter, but Tennessee scored the game’s last 10 points. The Titans outrushed Oakland that day 192-92, but Young could only manage to go 6-of-14 passing for 42 yards. The game also stayed well under its total of 39.

Oakland ranked 25th in the league in total offense last year at 295 YPG, but 6th in rushing at 130 YPG. The Raiders also ranked 22nd in total defense at 342 YPG and 31st vs. the run at 146 YPG.

Tennessee ranked 21st in total offense last year at 312 YPG and 5th in rushing at 132 YPG. The Titans also ranked 5th in both total defense at 292 YPG and vs. the run at 92 YPG.

In their first pre-season under coach Lane Kiffin last year, the Raiders went 2-2 both straight up and vs. the point spread. And the totals went 2-2, too.

Over their last three pre-seasons under coach Jeff Fischer, the Titans are 5-7 both straight up and against the spread, while the totals have gone 7-4-1.