The Titans began prepping for the Oakland Raiders and the biggest news outside of the installation of the game plan was placing starting guard Chance Warmack on IR. Even though the team is losing their top Guard, Head Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday, he will not deviate from his goal of achieving a balanced offense.
“No, we’re calling runs. We’ve stuck with the run game really through the first six games—the preseason and the last two. We’ve stuck with it and we’ve stuck with it when we were behind. There’s certain situations that dictate that it’s not optimal to run the ball at that time. It’s like we played Oakland last time and we went no-huddle, they stayed base defense, you don’t have a lot of runs against their base defense, so you throw the ball then. But we haven’t gotten away from it for any other reason but maybe the way the defense is set to defend us.”
Meanwhile, the Raiders defense has given up 1,035 yards of offense in the first two games of their season, the most in NFL history through two games. They faced the Saints and Falcons, two teams that have veteran quarterbacks and diverse offenses. The Titans look to exploit weaknesses and voids in the Raiders secondary.
“We know where their weaknesses are for the first two weeks, Mularkey said. “I think they’re going to try to do some things to correct that. I think they already have with some of the information coming out of there. We’re not going to let our guard down based on statistics from the other two games. We’ve got a plan for what we do well with the people that we have.
Wide Receiver Kendall Wright practiced in pads Wednesday for the first time during the regular season.
“It felt good to be out there,’’ Wright said. “We’ll see how it goes. I am ready to get back out there (playing) finally. Today was a start. I feel like I am getting close. The main thing is getting back out there and getting ready to be out there.”
Linebacker Derrick Morgan also practiced Wednesday after suffering a hamstring injury Week One against the Vikings.
“I know my body the best, and I know I have to be smart with it,’’ Morgan said. “You can’t overdo it too early. It is all about taking it day by day. I feel good and I am gradually easing myself back into things. I am feeling better every day, and each day I am progressing.”
Marcus Mariota had 3 TDs in last year’s game against the Raiders. The second-year signal caller has 4 career games with at least 3+ TD passes. Mariota also threw the game winning TD pass to Andre Johnson last week with 1:13 remaining to cap the comeback win at Detroit (the Titans trailed by 12 points). Also, since 2013, DeMarco Murray leads active players with 28 rush TDs & is 2nd with 3,799 rush yards. He rushed for career-high 3 TDs in last game against the Raiders (11/28/13 with Dallas).
Through two games, the Titans are 22nd in overall offense, tied for 13th rushing, tied for 18th passing; 14th in overall defense, 14th in rushing defense, tied for 13th against the pass.
The Tennessee Titans will play the Oakland Raiders at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Kickoff will be at Noon CDT (1PM Eastern). Andrew Catalon will provide play-by-play while Steve Tasker and Steve Berlin will supplement with commentary CBS’s telecast. Tony Corrente will be the referee.