Lynch finished with 18 carries for 76 yards, and had a 16-yard reception in the Raiders' 26-16 victory over the Titans. The Nashville Predators - those icemen who thrilled the entire Music City before falling to Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final this summer - were honored as the 12th Titan in the final minutes before the home team faced the Oakland Raiders. Not only was Lynch's production solid, but the star ran with the same physicality and strength that was his hallmark during his time in Seattle and Buffalo.
Offensively, the Raiders looked very calm, cool, and collected.
"I would mess with him during the game and say, 'Hey you wanna switch on one, do you need a break?' and he just looked at me insane", Carr said.
On Christmas Eve, just hours apart on different fields, two of the more promising young National Football League quarterbacks broke their right fibulas playing in their teams' second-to-last games of last season. Romo hollered. "Run, run, run with the game on the line". No one loves contact more than Lynch.
When rookie kicker Giorgio Tavecchio converted his fourth field goal of the day with 1:09 left, Oakland sealed the verdict, one its newest running back helped obtain. I predict Henry will get plenty this season as the team tries to prepare for a future (next year, in fact) without Murray and Henry as the featured back. "He's still doing the things he wants to do". He does not like to speak often in front of a microphone, but you could hear him all over the Raiders locker room here at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, cussing about this, griping about that.
He also flipped the double birds at the Titans defense. It could have been. maybe a little better ball, maybe a little better catch.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey defended his decision to open with an onside kick, saying he wanted the ball for his offense. Shalom Luani covered it at midfield, and Carr had the Raiders in the end zone four plays later on an 8-yard pass to Cooper.
Those positives offset an offense that struggled to get points the rest of the way, with two drives stalling inside the Oakland 10-yard line leading to field goals.
Titans live stream, start time, TV info and betting odds for the 2017-18 NFL Week 1 meeting between Oakland and Tennessee. While we're on the topic of not knowing how a defender is going to handle things only Al Davis knows what to expect from first round pick, cornerback Gareon Conley.
It didn't work, and the Raiders were forced to kick a field goal.
CB David Amerson: "We already knew who he was coming in here".
Carr certainly can see Lynch having fun. Carr, you recall, broke his fibula late last season and missed the Raiders postseason when they needed him most. Lynch had played just seven games in 2015 before retiring and sitting out the entire 2016 season. Are the players (really) ready to step their game up to a championship level? "He did today. He's 1-for-1".
Janikowski (back) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. He had been added Friday. Also, Cornerback LeShaun Sims won't be playing Sunday's game. Tavecchio was ideal from the field, finishing 4/4 with a pair of 52-yard field goals.
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