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Following the hype surrounding a hot start, the Oakland Raiders have crashed back to earth. They are losers of three straight games, most recently falling on the road to Detroit after taking a lead into the fourth quarter. For all their failures, they’ve opened as a two-point favorite for Sunday when they face the Titans, who have lost five straight games at home.
The Titans started the season on a high, blowing out the Buccaneers in the season opener. They’ve won just one game since then, the first one following the dismissal of head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Now having lost eight of their last nine games, the development of Marcus Mariota is the only thing to cheer about in Nashville.
With a young QB and a poor home record, the Titans have been an underdog all season long. They were a favorite for just one week, when they faced the Dolphins in Dan Campbell’s first game as head coach. It was their worst loss of the season.
The playoffs may be out of reach, but there are plenty of good things ahead for Tennessee. Mariota is on the right track as an NFL QB, as the Oregon product is sticking to the pocket and plays smart with the football. Add in the fact that Tennessee has won three straight against the Raiders, and things are looking up for Sunday.
If the Titans want Mariota to be successful, they could take a few lessons from their opponents this week. Derek Carr has been sacked just 11 times this season, lowest among starters that have played the entire season.
Here’s a look at all the betting info for this matchup, courtesy of OddsShark.com:
Line: Raiders (-2)
Moneyline: Oakland (-135) Tennessee (+115)
Trend to Know: Tennessee has lost five straight games at home