Tennessee's defense registered five sacks and two turnovers, the last an interception by Chris Hope with 2:35 left to secure the Titans' 13-9 win over the slumping Raiders. Oakland has dropped three games in a row.
After a strong start to the season, Oakland's offensive line has reverted back to its historically bad 2006 form. On Sunday, the unit, when not drawing holding and false-start penalties, forced quarterback Daunte Culpepper to duck and cover with alarming frequency. Culpepper didn't help matters by fumbling four times -- he lost only one -- and throwing another back-breaking interception late in the fourth quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
1: Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski passed Chris Bahr for most field goals in franchise history. He came in needing one to tie Bahr with 176, and he now has 178.
1.3: Oakland's LaMont Jordan rushed for just 16 yards in 12 attempts, an average of 1.3 yards per carry.
26: Titans quarterback Vince Young completed just 6 of 14 passes for 42 yards and finished with 26 net yards passing.
100: The Raiders were penalized 14 times for 100 yards. Just like the good old days -- minus the wins.
THEY SAID IT
"Daunte wasn't false-starting. Daunte wasn't hitting people in the back. Daunte wasn't holding. Daunte didn't drop the last pass." -- Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin, refusing to make Culpepper the scapegoat for Sunday's loss
"Lack of focus, I guess. The team counts on me and us to do a job and when you (mess) it up the job doesn't get done." -- Oakland left tackle Barry Sims, who was guilty of three false starts and a holding penalty.
"I'm tired of seeing the defense in these situations having to win the game for us." -- Vince Young RANDOM THOUGHTS
- Good hands, Mike Williams.
- Jordan clearly isn't the answer, so why not give Justin Fargas a chance to see if he can't follow blocks and can go down on first contact, too?
- It's JaMarcus Russell time.