NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Tennessee Titans (1-1) will travel to Oakland this week to face the Raiders (1-1) in Week 3 of the preseason. Kickoff at Oakland Alameda Coliseum (capacity 53,286) is scheduled for 5 p.m. PDT/7 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 27.
This week is a preview of the two teams' regular season matchup in less than a month. On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Raiders will visit the Titans at Nissan Stadium.
The game this week also represents the final opportunity for the Titans to take the field before the first round of roster cuts are due. At 3 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 30, all NFL rosters must be trimmed from a maximum of 90 players to no more than 75 players. Final roster cuts follow the fourth and final preseason contest.
The game will be televised to a national audience on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTFV
NewsChannel 5. Play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes will call the action alongside analyst Dan Fouts. Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
TITANS SPLIT FIRST TWO PRESEASON GAMES**
The Titans will be on the road for the final two weeks of the preseason after splitting the first two games of August at home. They defeated the Chargers 27-10 in Week 1 but dropped last week's game to the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 26-16.
Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota played into the second quarter against the Panthers, directing three drives. His final series netted 81 yards on nine plays, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Harry Douglas.
Through the first two preseason games, Mariota has completed 14 passes on 15 attempts for 149 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 102.5. His 93.3 percent completion rate leads the NFL.
Mariota's performance has been complemented by a successful running game. With 384 total rushing yards (192.0 per game), the Titans trail only the San Francisco 49ers (210.0) in rushing offense. Tennessee leads the league with an average of 6.7 yards per carry.
In particular, the new running back duo of veteran DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry has thrived in its early stages in Tennessee. Murray, who the team acquired in a trade in March, leads the club with 113 rushing yards, and his 71-yard touchdown run against the Chargers is the longest scrimmage play of the preseason thus far. Henry, who has 105 yards on 15 carries, leads the NFL among qualifiers with a 7.0-yard rushing average. The Heisman Trophy winner was a second-round draft pick in April.
Another rookie, wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, is garnering his own share of the spotlight. The fifth-round pick from the University of Massachusetts has started both preseason games and is leading the team with eight receptions for 103 yards. Those totals rank second among NFL rookies.
Like the Titans, the Raiders are 1-1 this preseason. They traveled to Arizona in Week 1 and defeated the Cardinals 31-10, but last week at Green Bay they were defeated by a final score of 20-12.
Jack Del Rio is entering his second campaign as Oakland's head coach. In his first season, the Raiders improved to 7-9, more than doubling their three-win total from the previous season. The progress in the win column coincided with six Raiders making the Pro Bowl: quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper, running back Latavius Murray, fullback Marcel Reece, safety Charles Woodson (now retired) and defensive end Khalil Mack.
Carr completed 53 touchdown passes from 2014 through 2015, trailing only Dan Marino (68) for the most ever in a player's first two NFL seasons. The former second-round pick passed for 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2015.
The Tennessee Titans take on the Oakland Raiders Week 12 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)