Raiders Open Season With Win, Find New Cult Hero

Remember Giorgio Tavecchio? Raiders activate former Packers kicker

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.

In a Week 1 matchup featuring two of the AFC's fastest-rising teams, the Oakland Raiders defeated the Tennessee Titans, 26-16, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

From there, the Raiders put together almost a ideal 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. Hard to believe that with all the offensive hype going into the game. They settled for a field goal, extending their lead to 16-10.

Given the strength of these two offenses, this game appeared destined to be a shootout.

The Raiders' next game will be at home in Week 2.

But the Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr did too much damage against Tennessee's defense.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders placed long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve Saturday with an injured back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has to be feeling like it's Déjà vu all over again. Carr had 54 passing yards, including 19 on a touchdown pass to Seth Roberts, to help open a 23-13 lead following Tavecchio's successful extra point. Defensively, the addition of Logan Ryan and rookies like Adoree' Jackson should be awesome.

Oakland got the ball back with 4:49 to play and ran the ball eight straight times, six of them with Lynch, earning a pair of first downs and making the Titans use all of their time outs to set up Tavecchio's final field goal of the day that put it away. He finished the day with four tackles. To see that kind of defensive effort against a solid rushing attack in Tennessee was outstanding. Cooper finished with 5 catches for 62 yards and one touchdown. Oakland's defense allowed 350 total yards, 25 less than last season's average.

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