However, some matchups are more important than others and some games can hinge on these few matchups.
The Titans opened the season with surprise onside kick that the Raiders recovered at midfield, leading to a quick touchdown at 7-0 deficit. Let's hope this doesn't come back to bite the Raiders in the back end when the game draws to a conclusion Sunday afternoon. Both teams have a quarterback coming off of a broken leg, and both teams enter the season with high expectations on offense and an unproven defense.
The team made the move a day before the season opener against the Titans.
The Raiders selected Janikowski 17th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he became their kicker since then, missing just four games in the past 17 seasons. Janokowksi's 18-season Raider career very well may be over.
The Titans' top pick, Corey Davis has been severely limited throughout training camp and the preseason due to injury, but he has been cleared to play in Week 1. However, the team chose to place him on IR after further evaluation. Davis dominated in the MAC due to his size, length, speed, and route-running ability. DeMarco Murray only rushed for 44 yards on 12 carries.
The Raiders had a chance to give themselves some breathing room midway through the third quarter, but Carr's 14-yard completion to Cooper on 3rd-and-9 was called back on an illegal use of hands penalty. With that, he and Oakland earned their third win in the match-up as many years. It was his first game since January 2016 with the Seattle Seahawks. The MLB position for Oakland had been up in the air before they finally settled on Marquel Lee, the fifth-round rookie out of Wake Forest.
From there, the Raiders put together almost a flawless drive, getting a solid 14-yard carry from a spry-looking Marshawn Lynch, a completion to tight end Jared Cook, then a short pass to Amari Cooper, who bulldozed his way into the end zone. Oakland clamped down on the versatile Titan offense, forcing two straight punts and holding Tennessee to a field goal in the red zone. As such, make sure you stay up to date on everything going on throughout this matchup by keeping up with the score and highlights below once the game begins.