Titans vs. Raiders: Breaking Down Oakland’s Game Plan

Once again the Oakland Raiders will try to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this year. To do it, they’ll have to get past a Tennessee Titans team that has lost its starting quarterback to season-ending surgery and has dropped four of its last five games.

Matt McGloin will make his second-straight start for Oakland after throwing for three touchdowns without an interception in a Week 11 win over the Houston Texans. The undrafted rookie is the third different starting quarterback for the Raiders this season.

The Raiders will also likely stay with the hot hand in the backfield while Darren McFadden continues to rest his sore hamstring. That means another start for Rashad Jennings, who has topped 100 yards rushing in two of his last three games.

Oakland is still clinging to a thread of hope about making a run at the playoffs. For now, coach Dennis Allen’s team only needs to worry about Tennessee, which has won the last two meetings between these two foes.

Here are three things the Raiders must do to have a chance against the Titans:


Stay balanced offensively

The Raiders had their most effective day running the football against the Texans. They didn’t set a season high for yardage, but Rashad Jennings ran powerfully and repeatedly pushed the pile to gain extra yardage.

It couldn’t have worked out any better for McGloin in his first NFL start. With the Texans having to focus more on the run, it opened the door for the passing game to take some shots downfield.

Jennings has been outstanding in the two-plus games since McFadden went out. His 80-yard touchdown run against the Texans was textbook. There were no flashy moves or anything like that. Jennings simply took the handoff from McGloin, buried a Houston safety about 10 yards downfield and barely broke stride before racing into the end zone.

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