Oakland Raiders Vs Tennessee Titans: 10 Predictions about Their Week 1 Meeting
Finally after what seems like forever, the Oakland Raiders take the field and play a game that matters.
First games are big for everyone, but for the Raiders and their fans, this is the game that will show the world where the Raiders are after all their offseason improvements.
They will visit the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday and will be facing the NFL's top rusher, Chris Johnson. That is quite the task in Week 1 for a team that has a history of not stopping the run.
Let's look at 10 predictions that I think will happen during the Raiders/Titans game.
Chris Johnson Will Rush for over 100 Yards
Chris Johnson has set his goal to rush for 2,500 yards in 2010. No other running back has rushed for over 2,000 yards twice in his career and CJ is planning on doing it two seasons in a row.
The Raiders up to now haven't been able to stop the run, and allowed a couple of backs to break free for a big run during the preseason.
Look for CJ to rush for over 100 yards, but fall short of the 156 yards he needs to gain per game to reach 2,500 yards this season.
Jason Campbell Will Outgun Vince Young
Jason Campbell is a better NFL quarterback than Vince Young and that will show in Week 1.
Neither team really has a receiver they can call a true No. 1 receiver, but Campbell does have a Pro Bowl caliber tight end.
Look for Campbell to outgain Young in yardage and have less turnovers and more touchdowns than his opposing quarterback.
Vince Young Will Be Sacked More Than Three Times
Vince Young is a mobile quarterback and can make plays with his arms. The Raiders' defense looked very aggressive during the offseason and should apply plenty of pressure on Young.
If Nnamdi Asomugha is on their best receiver and the secondary can play well, expect the Raiders to sack Young about four times in Week 1.
McFadden Will Score a Rushing Touchdown
Darren McFadden should get the start for the Raiders with Michael Bush's injury. McFadden has underachieved to this point, but he possesses plenty of talent to be a bust.
Look for McFadden to break a long touchdown run for the Raiders.
Texas on Texas Crime
Michael Huff and Lamarr Houston are two former Texas Longhorns that are looking to make life miserable on another former Longhorn, Vince Young.
Look for Houston to get a sack and Huff to make big plays against the passing game.
Rolando McClain Will Lead Raiders in Tackles
Rolando McClain has a lot of pressure on him as a rookie. He is the man in the middle for the Raiders linebackers, and he is expected to quarterback the defense.
He is playing behind a very strong defensive line and that should benefit him greatly. He now plays behind Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, which is better than last year's middle men.
Look for McClain to lead the Raiders in tackles and look like a pro.
Darrius Heyward-Bey's Coming Out Party
Darrius Heyward-Bey is ready for his coming out party, He has looked great in practice and looked like a solid receiver in the preseason. He is big and fast.
He has caught the ball with ease and has delivered big blocks during games.
Look for DHB to have a coming out party in Week 1 against the Titans.
Tyvonn Branch Pro Bowl Campaign Starts
Tyvon Branch is the perfect Raider. He is strong, fast, and loves to knock people out. He reminds me a lot of Nnamdi Asomugha five years ago. I would tell my friends about Asomugha and everyone would ask, who?
Needless to say they know who he is now.
People will know who Branch is after this season is over.
Hue Jackson's Offense Is Explosive
Everyone is excited to see what kind of offense Hue Jackson will bring. He is a very high energy type of person and wants to beat the defense up.
It won't be hard to improve on last year's mess, but he still has a lot of pressure on him to produce touchdowns.
Look for the Raiders to come out energized and hungry for points.
Oakland Raiders Defeat Tennessee Titans
This isn't the same Raiders team we've had for the last seven years. This team is structured to win and now has the pieces in place to do so.
The Raiders will physically over match the Titans in Week 1. The offense will pound the ball with their running backs and big offensive line, and will blow up the offense all day with their aggressive defense.
The Jason Campbell Era will start with a win in Week 1 for the Raiders.