The Oakland Raiders begin their 2017 regular season this weekend as they take on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Sunday's game will mark the third straight year that the Raiders have played in Nashville, and the 10th time that the Raiders have played the franchise in an opener.
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Date:Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017Kickoff:10:00 a.m. PTSite:Nissan Stadium (1999)Capacity/Surface:69,143/Natural GrassRegular Season:Raiders lead, 25-20
The Raiders wrapped up the preseason last Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. QB Derek Carr appeared in two preseason games, throwing for 244 yards on 20-of-26 passing with four touchdowns and a 128.8 quarterback rating. WRs Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Cordarrelle Patterson each caught touchdown passes from Carr in the preseason, and Cooper led the way with 124 receiving yards on seven receptions. RB Marshawn Lynch averaged 4.0 yards per carry in limited action, and RB DeAndré Washington posted 14 carries for 57 yards. On defense, the team posted 10 sacks, with DT Treyvon Hester leading the way with three. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year DE Khalil Mack tallied a QB takedown as well.
Next week, the Raiders will return to Oakland for their home opener against the New York Jets before heading back out on the road for Weeks 3 and 4. The Titans will travel to Jacksonville for an AFC South matchup against the Jaguars in Week 2 before returning home to face the Seahawks in Week 3.
With this year's opener coming in Tennessee against the Titans, the Raiders will open the season at Tennessee for the fourth time since the Titans franchise moved from Houston to Tennessee (1997, 2003, 2010 and 2017). This is the 10th time overall that the Raiders have played the franchise in the season opener.
---- THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON IN NASHVILLE ----
This year will mark the third straight season that the Raiders have played the Titans at Nissan Stadium, with Oakland winning the 2015 matchup, 24-21, and the 2016 contest, 17-10. The two teams will have actually played four times over the last three seasons after Sunday, as they faced off in the preseason in 2016 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as well.
---- JACK DEL RIO IN OPENERS ----
On Sunday in Nashville, Head Coach Jack Del Rio will lead his squad into a season opener as a head coach for the 12th time overall and third time with the Raiders. Del Rio owns a 6-5 overall record with the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) and Raiders (1-1) in season openers as a head coach. Del Rio brings a 10-9 career record vs. the Titans into the contest.
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Overview: Entering his fourth season on the Titans' coaching staff and second at the helm, Head Coach Mike Mularkey led his team to a six-win improvement in first year in charge as Tennessee finished 2016 with a 9-7 record. Mularkey's success also included helping five players earn Pro Bowl nods and one player named to the All-Pro First Team.
Offense: Behind third-year QB Marcus Mariota, the Titans scored the most points in a season last year (389) since 2003. Mariota completed 276-of-451 passes for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2016, as Tennessee's offense ranked 11th in the NFL in total offense, third in rushing offense and first in red zone efficiency. In his first year with the Titans, RB DeMarco Murray led the AFC and ranked third in the NFL with 1,287 yards, while recording 12 total touchdowns. WR Rishard Matthews and TE Dalanie Walker led the team in receptions with 65 apiece, while Matthews also led the team with 945 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Walker finished second with 800 receiving yards while posting a careerhigh seven touchdowns.
Defense: Now in his 46th year as an NFL coach, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau enters his third season with the Titans. Last year, in his first year as coordinator for the Titans, his defense ranked second in the NFL in run defense. Led by OLB Brian Orakpo, the Titans finished tied for sixth in the league with 40 sacks, marking the first 40-sack season for the team since 2010. Orakpo was named to his fourth Pro Bowl after tying for sixth in the AFC with 10.5 sacks. OLB Derrick Morgan finished close behind Orakpo with a career-high nine sacks.
• Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the eighth round (223rd overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft. He also began his coaching career with the Raiders, serving as assistant special teams (1982-1984), assistant running backs (1985-1987) and tight ends coach (1988) before becoming the offensive coordinator (1989-1993). Combined as a player and coach, Robiskie spent 15 NFL seasons with the Raiders.
• Titans quarterbacks coach Jason Michael made his NFL coaching debut with the Raiders in 2005 as a quality control coach.
• Titans special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman was the special teams coordinator for the Raiders in 2012.
• Raiders TE Jared Cook was originally drafted by the Titans in the third round (89th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent four years in Tennessee, appearing in 59 games and recording 1,717 receiving yards on 131 receptions (13.1 avg.) with eight touchdowns.
• Titans LB Daren Bates spent the 2016 season with the Raiders, appearing in all 16 games as a reserve and recording seven stops on special teams.
• Titans S Brynden Trawick played for Oakland in 2016, leading the Raiders with 14 special teams tackles.
• Raiders cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson played secondary for Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau (secondary/defensive coordinator) from 1992-1996 with the Steelers. Under LeBeau's watch, Woodson won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.
• Raiders tight ends coach Bobby Johnson (tight ends), quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz (offensive analyst/assistant quarterbacks) and Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom (running backs) were on Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey's staff in Jacksonville in 2012.
• Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing and Titans assistant secondary coach Steve Jackson spent one year together with the Detroit Lions in 2013.
• Raiders WR Amari Cooper spent two seasons with Titans RB Derrick Henry at Alabama in 2013 and 2014. Cooper was selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, while Henry was taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.
• Titans DT Jurrell Casey played at USC for Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin (defensive line) and defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. (assistant head coach defense/linebackers) in 2009.
• Titans C/G Brian Schwenke (2009-2012) played four years at Cal.
View the Raiders roster as the front office made the final roster reductions to open the 2017 season.
• Raiders QB Connor Cook played at Michigan State with T Jack Conklin from 2012-2015. Both players were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie is a Knoxville, Tenn., native and played his college ball at Tennessee from 1981-1984 before being drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1985.
• Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri was the defensive coordinator at Tennessee in 2012, the same year WR Cordarrelle Patterson played his lone season for the Volunteers.
• Raiders TE Lee Smith attended Powell (Tenn.) High School, where he played on both sides of the ball at tight end and defensive end.