The Titans had a surprise for the Raiders on the game’s opening kickoff, but Oakland proved ready for it
Tennessee kicked off to start the game and went with a surprise onside kick which the Raiders recovered at mid-field. Oakland proceeded to go 50 yards over four plays with Derek Carr hitting Amari Cooper for an 8-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Raiders lead.
“(We) wanted to get the ball, start the game with the ball,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said of the call.
Mularkey said he never second-guessed the decision, even though it did not work.
Mularkey was questioned about why the onside kick did not work and responded, “I’m not going to go into the who or why. That’s none of your business.”
The players in the locker room defended the decision to try and surprise the Raiders from the outset.
“We all backed that decision. Coach came and talked to us about it. We were excited about it. It was close. We should have gotten it,” tight end Delanie Walker said.