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Titans Focused on Raiders, and Winning Two Straight


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Avery Williamson smiled when he answered the question, but the Titans linebacker almost sounded like he was serious.

The feeling after Sunday's win over the Lions did wonders for the team, and his sanity.

"To be able to come in with a good mood, and not go home and yell at the walls,'' Williamson said, "it's a good feeling. And it's good for this team to get the confidence."

The Titans, however, have another challenge coming up on Sunday in the Oakland Raiders.

"The celebration is over," tight end Delanie Walker said on Monday, less than 24 hours after the win in Detroit. "We are moving on to Oakland now, and that is our main focus. We have to build off of this win we had last Sunday and come back home and show up at our home game. We have to protect our house.

"We have to get this win against Oakland at home and I think everyone is looking forward to (the game).

The Titans improved to 1-1 with Sunday's dramatic 16-15 win over the Lions. It did wonders to erase the memory of the team's 25-16 loss to the Vikings in Week One.

But it's another week, and Titans who've been around for a while would like to wipe a few more things from their memory bank, and the record books. The Titans haven't won back-to-back games since the final two games of the 2013 season.

The Titans have been 1-1 the past two seasons, and lost in Week 3.

"You can't hang your hat on one game, one win,'' defensive lineman Karl Klug said. "If we lose this upcoming Sunday, then this game against Detroit, it's more 'So what?' We have to win this week, and put some wins together."

After two weeks, the Raiders are ranked No.1 in the NFL in total offense, with quarterback Derek Carr leading the way with 618 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Amari Cooper already has 208 receiving yards.

The Raiders are ranked 32nd in the league in defense, however, and have allowed an average of 517.5 yards per game in games against the Saints and Falcons.

Titans cornerback Jason McCourty said Sunday's game provides a challenge, and an opportunity. The Raiders beat the Titans 24-21 last year at Nissan Stadium.

"We played against those guys in the preseason and we played against those guys last year, so we know the challenge they pose and how good they are offensively,'' McCourty said. "They are going to come in here hungry after they lost a tough one to Atlanta. So it's going to be a tough challenge for us.

"…. You want to win as many games as possible and you try to break the season down in quarters and you try to win as many of those quarters as you possibly can. So it is big when you can get on a winning streak and win games back to back. It is big on building confidence. I am really looking forward to the challenge." looks back at the all-time series against the Oakland Raiders. (AP Photos)

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