Ahh…game 1. Fun time of the year, everyone has 0 loses, everyone in the playoff hunt, there is nothing but positive vibes. Top 5 things to watch for the Raiders in their game versus the Titans.
1. Contain CJ
The Raiders run defense will be better this year, but they are going to face a tough test with the Titans offensive line and Chris Johnson. I expect him to get 100 yards rushing, the objective though for the Raiders is to make him get 25-30 carries to get there. Don’t allow him to make long runs (10+ yards).
2. Make VY beat you with the pass
The Titans will win if Vince Young makes plays with his feet and makes the 10-15 yard passes. The Raiders need to make him step up in to middle of the pass rush and cover the middle of the field and force Vince to make deep passes, where he is less accurate.
3. Run the ball
While they seemed to be better during the pre-season, the Titans run defense allowed over 4 yards a carry last year. The Raiders should run the ball for 30 times and batter the middle of the field against the Titans.
4. Be Consistent on Offense
While it would be great to have Jason Campbell throw for 300 yards, his gaol is to keep the offense moving. It keeps the defense off the field to rest, put CJ on the bench where he is less effective, and allows them to play the field position game which Jeff Fisher likes to do.
5. Be Special
Make all the field goal kicks, make the tackles during the punting and kickoff game, and don’t allow the Titans the big play. It is the most effective way to keep the crowd out of the game.
I like the momentum the Raiders have built this year, and they have players on the team that are not part of the recent losing atmosphere. It’s game 1, so I’m going to be optimistic.
Raiders 20 Titans 17