What was billed as a high scoring game, turned out to be an ugly defensive, turnover filled contest. Marcus Mariota alone accounted for three giveaways, yet the Titans somehow still had a shot to win late.
Mariota -- after a dreadful day -- led a drive right down the field late in the 4th quarter. He got the ball down to the one to Sharpe, but a Taylor Lewan penalty forced the Titans back. Mariota then appeared to throw the tying touchdown to Johnson, but a push off negated the touchdown.
Mariota would get one last chance, but Douglas was unable to haul in the catch in the endzone. Why you would throw to Harry Douglas with the game on the line, I'm not so sure. There was contact, but no call was made.
The Titans were fortunate to be alive in this one after a terrible offensive performance. Tennessee got plenty done on the ground today as DeMarco Murray went over 100 yards. It was the passing game that killed the Titans today.
Mariota was the story today for all of the wrong reasons. He fumbled late in the second half and threw two picks on the day. He looked off today, much like he did against the Minnesota Vikings in week one. Let's not ignore the receivers today, who failed to provide Mariota with any help today. Mariota finished the day 17-33 for 214 yards.
Jace Amaro ended up being the leading receiver on the day with three grabs for 59 yards.
The absence of Delanie Walker was felt. There just seemed to be no timing or rhythm offensively. Once again, a pretty good defensive performance was wasted. Outside of a couple of breakdowns in the secondary, the Titans were able to hold the Raiders explosive offense in check.
But you can't win if you can't score.
My take? You've got to give Mariota something to work with at receiver. Tajae Sharpe, Andre Johnson, Harry Douglas and Rishard Matthews aren't going to cut it. This team needs a healthy Kendall Wright back, but I don't know if we'll see that this year.
Regardless of how badly the Titans played, you can probably pin this loss on Taylor Lewan's personal foul. I'm not sure what he was trying to do, but he cost Tennessee the game. This one is going to sting for a while.