Today’s Raiders game
- Opponent: at Tennessee Titans
- Time: 10 a.m.
- Line: Titans by 2 1/2
- Records (2016): Raiders 12-4, Titans 9-7
- TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo), 1140
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Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement for the chance to play for his hometown team in Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020. Lynch carried just four times in the preseason, so the opener will be the first real test if he is back to the level when he was the NFL’s premier power back with 48 rushing touchdowns rushing from 2011 to 2014. Lynch looked a step slower in 2015 with Seattle when he averaged 3.8 yards while dealing with injuries.
SEARCHING FOR SACKS
The Raiders finished last in the NFL in sacks in 2016 with 25 even though they had Associated Press’ defensive player of the year Khalil Mack rushing from the edge. Mack had 11 sacks, and fellow outside rusher Bruce Irvin had seven. The rest of the team, especially the inside rushers, failed to generate nearly enough pressure. Third-round pick Eddie Vanderdoes and a healthy Mario Edwards Jr. should help. Oakland also could try to get more from the secondary with blitzes after failing to get a sack from a defensive back last season.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s top targets are Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, the only duo in the NFL last season with at least 80 catches and more than 1,000 yards receiving. The Titans added veteran wide receiver Eric Decker and also made Corey Davis the first receiver drafted at No. 5 overall to give Mariota more options in the passing game. Decker played in only the preseason opener, while Davis will make his debut in this game.
The Associated Press
- Out: DB Keith McGill II (foot), RB Jamize Olawale (quad)
- Questionable: CB Gareon Conley (shin), LB Cory James (knee), K Sebastian Janikowski (back)
- Out: CB LeShaun Sims (groin)
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