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Week 14 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 42, Oakland Raiders 21

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Tennessee Titans

The Titans offense rolled to another big win on the heels of a big day from the passing game as Ryan Tannehill put up 391 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long 91-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown. Brown would finish with two touchdowns and 153 yards from five receptions, handily leading all Titans receivers in production. Jonnu Smith had the other receiving touchdown, while Derrick Henry rushed for a couple of scores and 103 yards despite missing the fourth quarter as the Titans elected to rest him with the big lead. Henry aggravated a hamstring injury before halftime in this game, which also led to his rest in the fourth quarter.

Oakland Raiders

-Derek Carr had a strong first half but wasn’t aggressive enough in the second half to keep pace with Ryan Tannehill and the hot Titans offense.

-With Josh Jacobs out, DeAndre Washington stepped into the role of lead back and performed well.

-Darren Waller was the go-to pass catcher and had a solid game but for a costly lost fumble in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee Titans

QB Ryan Tannehill, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 27 - 391 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 19 - 0
Tannehill ended his first drive with a tough interception as he had pressure in his face when his throw was deflected into the hands of a defensive lineman. Tannehill showed the perseverance to chase down that defender and execute a textbook tackle to save the touchdown. That first drive was the lowlight of an otherwise spectacular afternoon for Tannehill. On his next drive, he put a nice touch on a throw down the sideline to Khari Blasingame for 24 yards to help set up the first Tennessee score of the day. Tannehill’s best pass of the game (and possibly of his career) came on the third drive as Tannehill found A.J. Brown on a beautifully thrown deep ball for the 91-yard touchdown--the longest completion of Tannehill’s career and the longest completion in Titans franchise history. Tannehill had pressure in his face but still managed to step into his throw enough to loft the ball a good 40 air yards downfield while keeping Brown in full stride. On the next drive, Tannehill opened it up by going right back to Brown for a 22-yard pass whole rolling out right. Later in that drive, after seeing a short touchdown pass called back from a holding penalty, Tannehill found A.J. Brown yet again for his second touchdown of the game on a long third down. This time it was a slant route from 16 yards out that Tannehill put right on the money for Brown about six yards from the line of scrimmage, allowing Brown to do the rest to find the end zone. Tannehill’s third passing touchdown came at the start of the fourth quarter as noticed a wide-open Jonnu Smith while on the run to the right, so Tannehill made the questionable decision to throw across his body, off his back foot, to Jonnu Smith in the left corner of the end zone. He didn’t quite have enough velocity on the ball to hit Smith in stride, which allowed the defender to close in and contest this pass much more than it should have been. However, Smith successfully fought for the ball and hauled in what would be Tannehill’s third touchdown of the day.

RB Derrick Henry, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 103 - 2, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)
Derrick Henry was very busy early in this game, and he had nice run right out of the gate as he took one up the middle for seven yards on the first play of the game. He did get stuffed a few times on that drive, but also converted a key 3rd-and-1 with a powerful run behind his left tackle. Henry also showed great vision later in this first drive to cut back left after a pitch and accelerate to a 12 yard gain. Henry ran for two more 12-yard gains on the next drive, one of which ended in a touchdown as Henry took a pitch on the left side of the field and red his blocks well to basically walk into end zone for his first score. Henry would slow down a bit in the second quarter as an injury to his hamstring flared up, causing him to head to the locker room a few minutes before halftime. He was back on the field to start the second half though, and on the second possession of the second half, Henry would find the end zone for the second time on a well-blocked 10-yard run up the middle. He reached over the goal line to complete that run, barely breaking the plane for the score. On the next possession, Henry showed no signs of slowing down as he busted off a six-yard run along with his longest run of the day--24 yards--by squeezing through a tiny hole on the left side of the field and accelerating down the left sideline. That would be his last drive and gain of the day as Henry played no snaps in the fourth quarter due to the big lead and hamstring issue.

WR A.J. Brown, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 13 - 0, Rec: 5 - 153 - 2 (7 targets)
A.J. Brown had a career day this week as he finished with 153 yards and two touchdowns from five receptions. Brown’s day actually got started on the ground as he rushed for 13 yards and a first down on a sweeping handoff to the left side. He hauled in a short pass on the second drive, but his fantasy day exploded on the Titans’ third possession when Brown hauled in a 91-yard touchdown--the longest passing play in Titans franchise history. Brown simply outran the defensive back and was the recipient of a perfectly thrown deep ball from Ryan Tannehill. Brown showed great concentration to bring in the ball and flexed his strength as he ran right through an arm tackle before accelerating to the end zone. Brown would haul in the next pass from Tannehill as well, opening up their fourth drive of the game with a 22-yard reception of which Brown accounted for more than half the yards after turning it upfield and accelerating. A few plays later in that drive, he found the end zone yet again on his next reception near the end of the second quarter. The catch came on a quick slant route over the middle as Brown hauled it in about six yards downfield before turning towards the end zone and accelerating full force into a Raiders defender about three yards from the goal line. Brown’s size gave him the advantage on that collision though, as he bounced to the right and leaped over the goal line for the 16-yard touchdown reception. Brown would see a few looks in the third quarter, but he only caught one pass for 12 yards to get the Titans into the red zone and help set up their third touchdown of the game.

WR Tajae Sharpe, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 25 - 0 (4 targets)
Tajae Sharpe was heavily involved on the first drive, hauling in three quick passes for a combined 17 yards. Sharpe would see just one more target in the game, coming near the end of the third quarter as he hauled in an eight-yard catch on 3rd-and-4 to keep the chains moving for Tennessee.

TE Jonnu Smith, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 29 - 1 (4 targets)
His first was a screen pass on the first drive that went nowhere as the Raiders defense saw it coming. His second was a short route over the middle on which he picked up 10 yards and a first down. His third was his highlight of the game as Smith battled very tough coverage to bring in a jump ball while falling backward in the end zone, scoring from 17 yards out.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 34 - 263 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 17 - 0
Carr was effective in the first half, leading three touchdown drives. He took advantage of a broken coverage to hit Rico Gafford for a 49-yard touchdown. Gafford was wide open down the right sideline and Carr spotted him and delivered an on-target deep ball. He also connected with Foster Moreau for a short touchdown. Carr rolled to his right after a play action fake and directed traffic before finally tossing it to Moreau in the back of the end zone. Carr’s biggest problem was a lack of aggressiveness at times. He settled for underneath completions short of the line to gain on multiple third-down plays. With the Raiders defense unable to stop Tennessee, he couldn’t afford to play it safe. Late in the game and trailing by three scores, the Raiders went for it on 4th-and-goal. Carr scrambled to buy time and then just threw it away without even trying to give one of his receivers a chance. There was no downside to throwing it into traffic so the toss into the stands was a puzzling decision.

RB DeAndre Washington, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 53 - 1, Rec: 6 - 43 - 0 (7 targets)
Washington stepped into the starting role with Josh Jacobs sidelined by a shoulder injury. He played 63% of the snaps, which was the fourth-highest share of snaps for any Raiders running back in a game this season. Washington performed very well in the role. On the opening drive, Washington had a beautiful 14-yard touchdown run. He got to the second-level and made a linebacker miss, then spun through a tackle attempt at the 4-yard line to get into the end zone. Washington was heavily involved as a receiver, both out of the backfield and split out wide. On one play, he motioned to the left, lined up as the lone receiver on that side and caught a screen pass for a four yard gain. Washington’s best run of the day may have come on a 2-yard gain on 2nd-and-1. A defensive tackle penetrated and looked to have him for a 3-yard loss but he made a nifty jump cut to get outside, cut it back upfield, then lowered his shoulder to pick up the first down. If there was one area where Washington was not quite as effective as Jacobs, it was down around the goal line. Washington was stuffed twice on goal line carries and was knocked backward on both runs.

RB Jalen Richard, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 28 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)
Richard saw only a slight bump in playing time with Josh Jacobs sidelined, playing 38% of the snaps. He remained primarily in his third-down role but did get one series as the every-down back in each half. Richard did most of his damage as a runner. On a 3rd-and-2, Carr audibles to a run call and Richard burst through a nice hole off of left tackle for an 8-yard gain. Richard caught just two passes. He had a short gain on a 3rd-and-long and picked up 11 on a nice catch out of the backfield, cutting back to the middle of the field and getting past the first defender for the solid pickup.

WR Tyrell Williams, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 35 - 0 (4 targets)
Williams had another quiet day despite a positive game script that found the Raiders trailing by three scores for most of the fourth quarter. Williams had an 18-yard catch on a deep crossing route from the slot. He held on in traffic for a 16-yard catch late in the fourth quarter.

TE Darren Waller, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 73 - 0 (6 targets)
Waller was again Carr’s go-to receiver. He was instrumental on a touchdown drive just before halftime. First, he found a soft spot in the zone for an 11-yard gain on a 3rd-and-8. A few plays later, he lined up in the slot and ran a deep crossing route. He caught it along the sideline for a 25-yard gain and dove for the pylon but was knocked out less than a yard from the end zone. A couple plays later, he drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to give the Raiders a new set of downs. Waller had some bad luck on a fumble. He caught a short pass along the sideline and had the ball punched out as he turned upfield. Somehow, the ball spun in the turf and didn’t get to the sideline, allowing a Titans defender to scoop and score.

TE Foster Moreau, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 14 - 1 (3 targets)
Moreau continues to show a nice rapport with Carr. He caught a crossing route for a 7-yard gain, making a nice hands catch away from his body. He also grabbed another short touchdown, this time from 1-yard out. After play action, Carr rolled to his tight. Moreau was open immediately but Carr waited and directed him back the other direction. Moreau slid back along the back of the end zone and Carr finally hit him for the easy touchdown.