RAIDERS, 24-20

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST - Raiders RB Mar­shawn Lynch.

Con­sen­sus line: Ti­tans by 1 Pre­dic­tion: Both teams are look­ing for strong starts to the 2017 sea­son af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tremen­dous im­prove­ments last sea­son. In Week 1, the Raiders and Ti­tans will lean heav­ily on their veteran run­ning backs and young, trusty quar­ter­backs to make plays. It could be a very con­ser­va­tive af­fair, with mini-


mal at­tempts at deep shots down the field, but that’s not to say there won’t be any big plays. The Raiders will chal­lenge Ten­nessee’s of­fen­sive line, es­pe­cially on the edge, look­ing to rat­tle QB Mar­cus Mar­i­ota. If they can force a turnover or two, that could prove to be the dif­fer­ence. The Ti­tans will fall just short, pos­si­bly on a fourth-quar­ter mishap.

uSTART: Ti­tans QB Mar­cus Mar­i­ota. Mar­i­ota fin­ished last sea­son with 26 touch­down strikes against nine in­ter­cep­tions. Look for him to con­tinue to im­prove against a Raiders de­fense that al­lowed two or more pass­ing touch­downs nine times in 2016.

uSIT: Af­ter com­ing out of re­tire­ment, Lynch faces a Ti­tans team that ranked No. 2 in the NFL against the run a year ago at 88.3 yards per game.

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