Game Notes: Oakland Raiders 26 Tennessee Titans 16

Following the Oakland Raiders Week 1 victory over the Tennessee Titans, here are the game notes presented by Microsoft Surface.


The Raiders beat the Titans to earn their third consecutive road opener, after defeating the Saints last season by a score of 35-34, and the Browns in Week 3 of 2015, 27-20.


The victory also marks the second consecutive season the team has started 1-0. The last time the Silver and Black began 1-0 in consecutive seasons was in 2001 and 2002, when the team went to the playoffs and reached the Super Bowl the following season.


The Raiders now have a six-game advantage over the Titans in the overall series, leading 26-20.


Today marks the third consecutive victory against the Titans, also the third straight in Tennessee. The two previous victories over Tennessee came in 2015, 24-21, and in 2016 by a score of 17-10.


The Raiders start 1-0 against AFC opponents after finishing 9-3 against the conference in 2016.


Game Themes

K Giorgio Tavecchio became the first kicker in NFL history to make two 50-yard field goals in an NFL debut.


WR Seth Roberts scored to improve team’s record to 10-0 when he scores a touchdown.


QB Derek Carr tossed two touchdowns in 2017 debut, his 26th career such game.


WR Amari Cooper


On the opening possession, Cooper hauled in two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown, culminating a 4-play, 50-yard drive lasting 2:11 to give the Raiders their first touchdown of the season.


The red zone touchdown for Cooper was his first since 2015, after leading the NFL in 2016 with five touchdowns of 30-or-more yards.


Cooper cracked the Top-20 in franchise history for most receiving yards with his 23-yard reception in the fourth quarter. His career total sits at 2,285.



QB Derek Carr


Carr opened the game 3-of-3 passing for 36 yards, leading the offense to an opening-drive score when he found WR Amari Cooper for an 8-yard touchdown.


Carr connected with WR Seth Roberts early in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard pass to give the Raiders a 23-13 lead. The touchdown capped a 7-play, 70-yard drive lasting 3:02.


Carr posted a passer rating of 114.3 in the season opener, marking his 14th game with a passer rating of 100-plus. His 14 such career games tied him for seventh-most in club history with Jay Schroeder.


His passer rating also marks his highest in a season opener, besting his previous high of 98.5 that he posted against the New Orleans Saints in 2016.


Carr finished the game throwing for 262 yards on 22-of-32 passing with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 114.3.


Cooper finished the day with five receptions for 62 yards (12.4 avg.) with a 23-yard long and one touchdown.


WR Michael Crabtree


Crabtree made his first reception of 2017, gaining 25 yards over the middle. He has now hauled in at least one pass in all 112 career games.


Crabtree added three more receptions before the end of the first half, giving him 97 career three-reception games and 78 career four-reception games.


Crabtree led all receivers with 65 yards in the first half of play and finished with a game-high 83 yards on six catches (13.8 avg.) with a 25-yard long.


DE Mario Edwards Jr.


With 8:55 to play in the third quarter, Edwards Jr. and DT Justin Ellis brought down QB Marcus Mariota for a 1-yard loss on second-and-11 for the Raiders’ first sack of the season.


Edwards Jr. was credits with 0.5 sack on the play, his first sack since Dec. 6, 2015 after missing 16 total games in his first two seasons due to injury.


Edwards Jr. finished the day with three tackles (one solo), one quarterback hurry and 0.5 sack.



P Marquette King


The NFL’s leader in punts traveling at least 50 yards in 2016 booted his first of the 2017 campaign on his first attempt. His 51-yard boot pinned the Titans on their 2-yard line following the Raiders’ third offensive series.


King punted a total of three times for 158 yards (52.7 avg.) with a 57-yard long and one downed inside the 20-yard line.


WR Seth Roberts


On first-and-10 from the Tennessee 19-yard line, Roberts hauled in his fourth touchdown reception in three games against the Titans and gave the team a 10-point lead with 12:04 remaining in the game. The catch was Roberts’ lone reception of the game.

Derek Carr's Jersey Retired At Fresno State Home Opener

Derek Carr's No. 4 has officially been retired at Fresno State.

There will never be another Fresno State Football player who will wear No. 4, literally.


After a standout career as a Bulldog that saw him earn Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year accolades twice, in addition to setting 27 school records, current Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr received the ultimate honor from his alma mater Saturday, as his jersey was retired before the school’s season opener against Incarnate Word.


“I thought that I had to be thirty-something. I didn’t know what the rules were on what age you had to be, but I’m glad that they shortcutted whatever rule there might have been,” joked Carr about how quickly his jersey was retired. “This is something that I have always dreamed of. When I sat in this room at the team meetings, the things that kept me focused were my faith in God and getting my name up on the wall right next to [brother David Carr’s]. I don’t ever want to do something half speed. I don’t want to ever be just be okay at something. I wanted to leave an imprint and a legacy. I didn’t just want to be someone who played football here. I want to be someone for kids and fans to look up to. I think my parents and my brothers raised me right, so I want to share that."


Carr’s No. 4 was officially hung in the rafters at Bulldog Stadium Saturday night, and in addition to the Carr family, there was another special guest who made the trip out to Fresno for the event.


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