Titans drop season opener 26-16 to Oakland on Sunday on a day when Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This wasn’t what the Titans had in mind.The Raiders came into Nissan Stadium and walked away with a 26-16 win over the Titans on Sunday.
The Titans had their moments, but in the end they only felt the disappointment of a season-opening loss.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 25-of-41 passes for 256 yards in the game, and he scored on a 10-yard touchdown run.But the Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr did too much damage against Tennessee’s defense. Carr completed 22-of-32 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
There was action right out of the gate in this one.
After the Titans failed to recover their onside kick on the opening kickoff, the Raiders scored on an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carr to Amari Cooper, which capped off a four-play, 50-yard drive.
But the Titans immediately responded, in impressive fashion.
Mariota guided a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to his left, picking up a key block from tight end Delanie Walker on the way to the end zone.
The Titans converted three third-down chances on the drive, with a pair of catches from receiver Rishard Matthews, and then an impressive grab from rookie Corey Davis, who went up high to take the ball away from Raiders defender David Amerson. It was 7-7 with 6:58 left in the first quarter.The teams traded field goals to close out the first half, and Oakland led 13-10. The Raiders stretched the lead to 16-10 on a 52-yard field goal by kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.
The Titans then cut the score to 16-13 on a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Succop on the final play of the third quarter.
Succop’s third field goal of the game, a 52-yarder with 4:49 left, cut the lead to 23-16, but another field goal by Tavecchio, this one from 43 yards out with 1:14 left, clinched it.
It was a nice start for Davis, who caught six passes for 69 yards.
Rookie cornerback Adoree’ Jackson also started for the Titans.
The Titans are scheduled to face the Jaguars next Sunday in Jacksonville.