Raiders open with victory over Titans
By TERESA M. WALKER
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derek Carr came out on top in a season-opening matchup of two of the NFL’s rising, young quarterbacks.
Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, and the Oakland Raiders won 26-16 over Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
“It was fun to be back out,” Carr said.
Mariota, a Saint Louis School graduate, passed for 256 yards and had a touchdown run.
“When you play against a good team like Oakland, you have to hit on all cylinders, and unfortunately we didn’t make enough plays,” Mariota said.
Amari Cooper caught a touchdown pass as the Raiders made the Titans pay for opening the season with an onside kick they were unable to recover.
Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch looked refreshed after his year away from football, finishing with 76 yards on 18 carries.
The Raiders’ Giorgio Tavecchio was 4-for-4 on field goals, with a pair of 52-yarders, in his NFL debut. He was signed Friday to fill in for the team’s all-time leading scorer, Sebastian Janikowski, who is on injured reserve with a bad back.