Raiders Host Titans in 2016 Preseason Home Opener

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THE SETTING

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Date:Saturday, Aug. 27Kickoff:5:00 p.m. PTSite:Oakland Alameda County Coliseum (1966)Capacity/Surface:53,286/Overseeded BermudaPreseason:Series tied, 5-5Regular Season:Raiders lead, 24-20
Postseason: Raiders lead, 4-0

The Oakland Raiders host their first game of the 2016 preseason as they take on the Tennessee Titans at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 5:00 p.m. PT. The game will be televised nationally on CBS, marking the third consecutive season that the Raiders' third preseason game has been on national television (at Green Bay on CBS in 2014, vs. Arizona on NBC in 2015). The Titans, who the Raiders will travel to play in Week 3 of the regular season, are the Silver and Black's first AFC opponent in the preseason since the two teams played in 2008.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

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TELEVISION

CBS

Play-by-play: Spero Dedes
Color Analyst: Dan Fouts
Sideline: Tracy Wolfson

RADIO

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Flagship: 95.7 The Game
Saturday's game will air on 102.9 KBLX (KBLX-FM) and 98.5 KFOX (KUFX-FM)
Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analyst: Tom Flores
Sideline: Lincoln Kennedy

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Here is the game preview, presented by 95.7 The GAME.

The Raiders wrapped up their preseason road schedule last week in Green Bay, falling to the Packers at Lambeau Field, 12- 20. For the second straight week, a Raiders punt team came up with a big play, as S Brynden Trawick blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that was recovered by S Nate Allen for a touchdown. The defense limited the Packers' offense to just 257 total net yards in the game and only 112 passing yards. The unit also posted three sacks on the night, with DE Khalil Mack recording his first of the preseason. LB Neiron Ball contributed to the sack tally and LB Shilique Calhoun added the first of his NFL career.

Next week, the Raiders will be making roster reductions down to the NFL-mandated 75-man squad by Aug. 30 before wrapping up the preseason at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 1. Oakland will then make its final roster reductions to the NFLmandated 53-man active roster on Sept. 3 before getting the regular season started on Sept. 11 at the New Orleans Saints.

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GAME-WINNER AT TENNESSEE**

QB Derek Carr orchestrated four fourth-quarter/overtime gamewinning drives last season, including one in the team's 24-21 victory over the Titans in Week 12 of 2015. Trailing 17-21 late in the fourth quarter, Carr led the team on a 9-play, 90-yard drive in 3:20, culminating in a 12-yard touchdown pass to WR Seth Roberts with 1:21 remaining. It marked the second time in 2015 that Carr and Roberts had connected on a game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game, as they did the same in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens in Oakland. Roberts finished with his first career 100-yard game, posting 113 yards on six catches with two touchdowns.

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Photos from the Raiders vs Titans all-time series.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS**

Pro Connections

• Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson was selected in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played 10 seasons (1991-2000) at safety for the franchise, earning All-Pro honors in 1993. He later served as the Titans' director of player development from 2003-06, assistant secondary coach from 2007-08 and secondary coach from 2009-11.

• Titans special teams assistant Steve Hoffman was the special teams coordinator for the Raiders in 2012. Following his departure in 2012, Titans special teams coordinator Bobby April replaced Hoffman and spent two seasons with the Raiders (2013-14) in the same capacity.

• Titans first-year offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the eighth round (223d 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 LB David Bass was originally drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round (233rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

• Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave (quarterbacks) was on Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey's offensive staff with the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-2010 when Mularkey was the offensive coordinator.

• Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson played secondary for Titans Assistant Head Coach/Defense 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), assistant 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 quarterbacks coach Todd Downing and Titans assistant secondary coach Steve Jackson spent one year together with the Detroit Lions in 2013.

College Connections

• Raiders WR Amari Cooper and Titans G Chance Warmack were teammates at Alabama in 2012, helping the team win the BCS National Championship that year. Cooper also spent two seasons with now Titans RB Derrick Henry in 2013 and 2014. Cooper and Warmack were later selected in the first round of the NFL Draft (Cooper in 2015 and Warmack in 2013), while Henry was taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.

• Raiders LB Malcolm Smith and Titans DT Jurrell Casey played together at USC from 2008-2010 and each selected in the 2016 NFL Draft (Casey in the third and Smith in the seventh). The two played for Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin (defensive line) and defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. (assistant head coach defense/linebackers) at USC in 2009.

• Titans C Brian Schwenke (2009-2012) and TE Craig Stevens (2004- 2007) each played four years apiece at Cal.

• Raiders LB Shilique Calhoun and QB Connor Cook both played together at Michigan State with T Jack Conklin from 2012-2015. All three players were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Hometown Connections**

• 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 TE Mychal Rivera played at the University of Tennessee from 2010 to 2012, and amassed 1,018 yards and six TDs while playing in 37 games, 35 of them starts.

• Raiders TE Lee Smith (Powell) and DT Dan Williams (Memphis) are both from Tennessee. They both later attended college in the state, with Smith going to Marshall and Williams going to the University of Tennessee.

TITANS SNAPSHOT

Overview: Head Coach Mike Mularkey returns for his third season on the Titans coaching staff and first as head coach after being promoted this past offseason following a 2-7 finish as the team's interim head coach in 2015. Mularkey fields a team that finished 3-13 last year, placing fourth in the AFC South for the second consecutive season. The Titans enter Week 3 of the preseason 1-1.


Offense: The 2016 offense will be led by second-year QB Marcus Mariota and newly-acquired RB DeMarco Murray. Last season, the Titans' offense ranked 25th in passing (218.9 yards per game) and tied for 25th in rushing (92.8 yards per game). Entering his sixth year in the league, Murray ranks among the NFL's best since his tenure began in 2011, sitting sixth in rushing yards (5,228) and yards per rush (4.64 avg.), while being seventh in touchdowns (34). Spelling Murray in the backfield is rookie RB Derrick Henry, who was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Mariota's top target from a year ago, TE Delanie Walker, returns to the offense this season after having career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) in 2015.


Defense: Now in his 58th year as an NFL coach, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau enters his second season calling plays for the Titans' defense. In his first year, Lebeau's experience became apparent as he fielded the 12th ranked total defense, an improvement from their 27th ranked team in 2014. The Titans went to the draft to furthermore solidify the defense for 2016, drafting three defensive players within the first three rounds. Key returning members up front are DE Jurrell Casey and OLB Brian Orakpo. Both Casey and Orakpo racked up a team-high seven sacks in 2015, personal bests for each since their respective 2013 seasons.

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