Carr and Kicker Tavecchio Get Win for the Raiders

Carr and Tavecchio Lead Raiders to Opening Day Win

The Oakland Raiders just started the season and based on the results of Sunday's game, it's off to a great start for them.

For week 1 of the 2017 NFL Season, the Raiders traveled all the way to Nashville to play against the Tennessee Titans, a game which saw quarterback Derek Carr pick up where he left off before his injury last year. At the end of the day, the Raiders beat the Titans by a score of 26-16. This also happens to be their third win in Nissan Stadium in the last three seasons.

Although the Raiders' offense was able to score plenty of times over the course of the game, the defense was also able to hold its own. The defense took its share of criticisms over the preseason but in real gameplay they looked more than effective, giving up an early touchdown but then stopping the Titans at the goal line later on.

The game started to break open for the Raiders when Derek Carr threw a 19-yard touchdown to Seth Roberts, finishing a 70-yard drive that featured a few nice runs by none other than Marshawn Lynch. Speaking of whom, he was able to finish the day with 18 carries for 76 yards. Initially, the game began when wide receiver Amari Cooper clocked in his first touchdown catch of the year, followed by a 10-yard touchdown run by Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

But another part of the Raiders win came in the form of new kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who is now taking over for Sebastian Janikowski, who is now sitting on injured reserve. Tavecchio's day ended with him being 4-for-4 on kicking field goals, and even though no one is sure what the future holds in the kicking department, Tavecchio seems to have a steady grip on the job right now. One of his more impressive highlights for the day was booting a 52-yard field goal through the uprights at the end of the first half.