Game Preview - Titans underdogs vs Raiders at Oakland
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The Oakland Raiders just picked up a road victory in Houston with back-up rookie quarterback Matt McGloin throwing three touchdown passes.
The Raiders now head home to host the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon (4:05 pm ET, CBS) in a game matching two teams who still think they've got a chance to make the playoffs.
McGloin, subbing for the injured Terrelle Pryor, hit on 18 of 32 throws Sunday in Houston, including a 26-yard strike for a score that gave Oakland the lead for good in the third quarter. The Raiders are now 3-1 ATS over their last four games.
Tennessee, on the other hand, has lost five of its last six games, after blowing a lead and falling at home last Thursday to Indy 30-27.
And yet, at 4-6, both Oakland and the Titans are just one game back of the 5-5 Jets in the battle of attrition for the second AFC wild-card spot.
As of early this week the Raiders were lined as 1.5-point favorites over Tennessee. The Titans are just 2-5 ATS past seven games vs Raiders, but riding a 4-0 ATS streak in their past four road games.
The Raiders sit at 4-6 (7-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Titans are currently 4-6 (5-4-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Oakland is 4-6 OU, and Tennessee is 7-3 OU.
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 29-rated Raiders and the No. 17-rated Titans in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 21-16 win for the Titans on Sunday.
In their last action, Tennessee was a 30-27 loser at home against the Colts. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (57) was profitable news for OVER bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oakland's No. 26-ranked offense (19.4 PPG) against a Titans defense that ranks No. 13 at 22.6 PPG. The Raiders passing attack has averaged 186.4 yards per game, less than the Titans give up through the air (213.1 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Titans own the league's No. 25-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 128.5 yards per game when on the road. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 1 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Titans at Raiders trends to consider:
Tennessee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Tennessee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tennessee's last 7 games
Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Oakland is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Oakland is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Oakland's last 17 games
Oakland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Tennessee at Indianapolis, Sunday, December 1st
Oakland at Dallas, Thursday, November 28th