Raiders playoffs hopes fall short after loss to Titans

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Oakland, CA – The Raiders playoffs hopes diminished after losing their third straight game.  Today’s game was a must win to stay in the AFC hunt and now it will take almost a miracle for things to turnaround in their favor.  The loss today was pretty ugly, Oakland’s offense collapsed in the second half after a great start. 

The Tennessee Titans 42-21 victory over the Raiders moved them into a tie in the AFC South with Houston.  After an early turnover, the Titans matched Derek Car and his offense the entire first half.  On Tennessee’s opening drive, Ryan Tannehill’s intended pass for Corey Davis was tipped by Dion Jordan and intercepted by Maurice Hurst who rushed it back for 55 yards.

“It was a good play by Dion,” said Hurst.  “He hit the ball up, it got up in the air and I was able to make a play on it and get some yardage.  I was hoping (for a touchdown).  I looked to my right, didn’t see anybody, but I guess the quarterback came back and made a good play.”

Tannehill was credited for the tackle on Hurst to prevent the touchdown.  But that play setup DeAndre Washington’s 14-yard touchdown making it a 7-0 game.  The Titans clapped back with Derrick Henry’s 12-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.  And Tannehill wasn’t done yet, he went deep to start the second quarter with a 91-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown to extend their lead 14-7.  That was Tannehill’s longest completion in his eight year career.

“It was a lack of execution, said LB Tahir Whitehead.  “That’s what’s been hurting us the last few weeks.  Tackling, getting the ball on the ground, yards after the carry, yards after the catch.  We just didn’t do a good enough job of getting them on the ground today and staying on top of the routes.  It’s been the same thing that’s hurt as pretty much all year.  We didn’t go a good enough job of tightening up on that stuff today.”

Carr went deep to Rico Gafford for a 49-yard touchdown tying the game again 14-14.  Then Tannehill connected with Brown again for a 16-yard touchdown to extend their lead 21-14.  With 45 seconds left in the quarter, Carr found Darren Waller for a 25 yard pass, that setup Carr’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Foster Moreau tying the game 21-21.  Tennessee’s final attempt to score failed when kicker Ryan Succop missed a 42-yard field goal to end the half.

By the third, Oakland’s offense was completely shutdown.  Henry rushed up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown breaking the tie, making it a  28-21 game.  Tannehill went deep to Jonnu Smith in the fourth for a 17-yard touchdown extending their lead 35-21.  When the Raiders found good field position Waller fumbled the ball after getting hit Tye Smith, Jayon Brown recovered the ball and rushed for a 46-yard touchdown making it a 42-21 game.  

“You’re not going to beat anybody like that,” head coach Jon Gruden said.  “We gave up a 90-yard touchdown pass.  We missed the tackles.  They missed a field goal at the end of the first half.  They would’ve had three more points.  We’ll take a good look at it.  A lot of it had to do with their ability to make plays.  They made some unbelievable catches and throws and we didn’t today.”

“We did put ourselves in a position to make a run,” said Carr.  “We didn’t do it.  It is just as simple as that right.”

The Titans finished the day with almost 600 yards and 26 first downs.  It was the Raiders third lose to a team with 21 or more points.  They drop to 1-2 against AFC South opponents this season and 42-38 (.525) all-time against the division.  The final home game will be next Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Oakland will finish the season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos.

Notes:  Raiders Again Embrace My Cause My Cleats Campaign

For the fourth straight year, the Oakland Raiders are joining with players across the NFL to wear custom cleats reflecting their commitment to charitable causes during this Sunday’s contest vs. the Tennessee Titans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The NFL recently announced that NFL players have the chance to share the causes that are important to them during all Week 14 games, as part of the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats campaign. The initiative is a culmination of collaborative work between the NFL and players across the league.

According to the NFL, “More than 900 players are planning to showcase their causes on-field during My Cause My Cleats games this season. Selected causes represent hundreds of different charitable organizations with varying focuses. Out of the total, 24 percent of participating players will represent causes related to health and wellness, 18 percent place emphasis on cancer awareness and prevention, while 17 percent of player causes were youth-focused.”

The Raiders again this year are taking it one step further and involving the entire organization. In support of the My Cause My Cleats campaign, Raiders executives and front office staff, Raiderettes, gameday and stadium staff will recognize the important charitable causes by wearing personalized footwear during the game on Sunday.

Quarterback Derek Carr, whose son, Dallas, was born with intestinal malrotation, will wear cleats that raise awareness to support Valley Children’s Healthcare and hospitals that offer help to families with children in need. Running back DeAndre’ Washington will wear cleats to address gun violence and to honor his late sister.

For the third consecutive year, the NFL celebrated Unboxing Day, a league-wide unveiling of NFL players’ Week 14 customized cleats, on Giving Tuesday, December 3. Beginning on Unboxing Day and continuing through Week 14 games, players are sharing images of their cleats and the stories behind them on social media, using the hashtag #MyCauseMyCleats.

The NFL recently announced that players can also raise funds for their cause of choice through auctioning their cleats via NFL Auction; 100% of funds raised will be donated to charities selected by players– all designated charities must have 501c3 status. Fans may bid on game-issued player cleats at NFL.com/Auction and help players raise funds for their causes. In addition, fans can visit www.nfl.com/mycausemycleats to learn more about each player’s cause.

RAIDERS SPECIFIC CAUSES

NOPLAYERCAUSE
24JohnathanAbramTwin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
54PrestonBrownYouth Development
77TrentBrownArteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
8DanielCarlsonPediatric Cancer
4DerekCarrChildren’s Health
85DerekCarrierGlobal Aid Relief
6A.J.ColeMission Work
98MaxxCrosbyPediatric Cancer
18KeelanDossLung Cancer
7MikeGlennonProstate Cancer
90JohnathanHankinsMilitary Appreciation
25ErikHarrisYouth Development
61RodneyHudsonAutism
73MoHurstPediatric Brain Tumors
45AlecIngoldFaith in Athletics
66GabeJacksonAutism
28JoshJacobsHomelessness
68AndreJamesTesticular Cancer
42KarlJosephBreast Cancer
97JoshMauroMilitary Appreciation
74KoltonMillerChildren’s Craniofacial
27TrayvonMullen Jr.Help youth reach their full potential
22KeiseanNixonYouth Education
75BrandonParkerFibromyalgia
13HunterRenfrowCritical Education and Health Issue
30JalenRichardHeart Disease
35CurtisRileyEconomically challenged students
72DavidSharpeBreast Cancer
47TrentSiegALS
83DarrenWallerFight addiction and fuel recovery
33DeAndre’WashingtonGun Violence Prevention
59TahirWhiteheadChildhood Education and Athletics
58KyleWilberSuicide Prevention
16TyrellWilliamsAnti-Bullying
20DarylWorleyEpilepsy Awareness

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