Oakland Raiders

Raiders at Tennessee Titans at a glance

Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper has had a strong season, but his 10 dropped passes are the second most in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. ... Cooper looks on during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Detroit.
Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper has had a strong season, but his 10 dropped passes are the second most in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. ... Cooper looks on during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Detroit. The Associated Press

THE PARTICULARS

Opponent: at Tennessee

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Raiders by 1

Records: Raiders 4-6, Titans 2-8

TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green), 1140

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Dropping the ball: Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has had a stellar rookie season with 51 catches for 736 yards and four touchdowns. His one problem has been a propensity to drop passes. Cooper’s 10 drops are the second most in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Cooper had two drops last week with just one catch for four yards.

Protecting Carr: The Raiders have allowed quarterback Derek Carr to be sacked only 11 times and have given up just 13 overall. They will be tested by a Titans defense that has 31 sacks and ranks first in the NFL in sacks per pass play. Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo has seven sacks, including at least one in each of the past four games.

Going deep: Carr has been one of the better deep passers in the league this season when he’s had the chance. Carr has completed all three passes he has thrown more than 20 yards downfield the past two games, but is used to having more opportunities. Both Minnesota and Detroit took away the deep pass to make Oakland put together long drives.

Run Marcus Run: Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota ran for his first touchdown this season in the Jaguars’ loss. Mariota’s 23-yard touchdown was his longest run and a sign that the left knee he sprained in October is feeling better. The Raiders, giving up 114.7 rushing yards per game, allowed Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford to run for 31 yards and a TD last week.

Finish strong: Both Tennessee and Oakland have had problems in the fourth quarter. The Titans have been outscored by a league-worst 62 points in the fourth period, and the Raiders rank 31st with a negative-52 differential. Oakland has lost twice when leading after three quarters, including last week in Detroit. Tennessee has lost three times in that situation, including last week to Jacksonville.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS

Out: LB Neiron Ball (knee), CB Keith McGill (ankle)

Doubtful: C Rodney Hudson (ankle)

Questionable: RB Taiwan Jones (knee)

Probable: TE Lee Smith (wrist), S Charles Woodson (shoulder)

TITANS

Out: RB Dexter McCluster (knee), DL Al Woods (ankle)

Questionable: LB Derrick Morgan (shoulder)

Probable: DL Sammie Hill (knee), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (knee)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

RESULT

Sept. 13

vs. Cincinnati

L, 33-13

Sept. 20

vs. Baltimore

W, 37-33

Sept. 27

at Cleveland

W, 27-20

Oct. 4

at Chicago

L, 22-20

Oct. 11

vs. Denver

L, 16-10

Oct. 18

Bye

Oct. 25

at San Diego

W, 37-29

Nov. 1

vs. N.Y. Jets

W, 34-20.

Nov. 8

at Pittsburgh

L, 38-35

Nov. 15

vs. Minnesota

L, 30-14

Nov. 22

at Detroit

L, 18-13

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

Sunday

at Tennessee

10 a.m.

Dec. 6

vs. Kansas City

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 13

at Denver

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 20

vs. Green Bay

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 24

vs. San Diego

5:25 p.m.

Jan. 3

at Kansas City

10 a.m.

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