2017 Raiders Week One: By the Numbers

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Sep 10, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders on the line against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
  • In the first action of the year, the Raiders did not exhibit rust. Beast Mode still punishes opposing backs. Derek Carr completely healed from the broken fibula. No Seabass, no problem. The Oakland Raiders’ 26-16 season-opening victory at the Tennessee Titans’ house this past Sunday gave us all that and even more. I don’t think Jurrell Casey ever felt that demoralized the way he was by Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Beast Mode made Casey look like a juvenile punter, not the listed 305 pounds the Titans lineman actually is.
  • There were takeaways aplenty in the Silver & Black’s road win.
  • Despite getting goosed by the Titans early, the Raiders defense held Tennessee to 2-for-9 on third-down conversions in the second half. The Titans finished 7-for-14.
  • The Raiders defense yielded 350 yards. Point fingers at that number you want, if it means Oakland only gave up one touchdown, Oakland takes that any day.
  • Giorgio Tavecchio became the first kicker in league history to boot two 50-plus yard field goals in his NFL debut. Bravo!
  • Consistency will be crucial for Tavecchio. The 4-for-4 start was primo and, at least for one game, Tavecchio proved he’s a capable replacement for the ailing Sebastian Janikowski.
  • Four Raiders caught two or more passes. Three of those snagged five catches.
  • The Raiders are now 10-0 when wide receiver Seth Roberts finds the end zone.
  • Oakland averaged 3.8 yards on 29 carries. That average must improve.
  • Beautiful pass deflection by safety Karl Joseph in the end zone. Striving for more, Joseph admitted after the game he should have picked the pass off and not just swatted it away. In addition, Joseph totaled nine stops, the most by any Raider.
  • Rookie safety Shalom Luani has a penchant for being around the ball and he showcased his instincts on the very first play — a Titans’ onside kick on the opening kickoff. He pounced on the ball at midfield and, four plays later, the Raiders scored.

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