The Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, both owners of 4-6 records going into today’s Week 12 game at 4:05 EST / 1:05 PST, are somehow sitting just outside the playoff picture. With only six weeks remaining in the NFL season, that’s a dangerous place to be in, yet it could also be very rewarding. The winner of today’s game in Oakland’s O.CO Coliseum will hang on to the hope of making it into the postseason, while the loser of the Titans vs. Raiders game will be virtually eliminated from contention. Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor may not be playing, and the Titans may have lost five of their past six games, but with these two squads battling for their postseason lives, there’s plenty to watch live today in this AFC matchup. If you’re not near a broadcast signal to catch the game on CBS, you can watch Titans vs Raiders online free using one of several different methods.
Both the visiting Titans and home-team Raiders have struggled to find consistency this season, but the Raiders enter today’s game with some momentum. Last week’s victory against the Houston Texans was the club’s first road win since October 2012, so they’re bound to show some extra energy with their home crowd behind them. It’ll also be the first time substitute quarterback Matt McGloin will get the start in front of the hometown fans, as Terrelle Pryor continues to nurse a knee injury. Although even if Raiders QB Pryor had been able to play today in the Titans game, the Raiders offensive minds would’ve been hard pressed to keep McGloin on the bench following his performance last week in Oakland’s aforementioned road win in Houston.
Raiders QB McGloin was hurt by a ton of drops in his first start for Oakland, but he still made a lot of plays against the Texans. The rookie quarterback played an efficient if not headline-grabbing game last Sunday, going 18 of 32 with three touchdowns. Just as impressive was the fact that he got the Raiders the win without throwing an interception or committing a single turnover.
Whether he can repeat that performance against the Titans’ defense will go a long way to determining his long-term fate with Oakland. After all, it’s been reported that Terrelle Pryor may not be the Raiders’ long-term fix at quarterback, so when you watch Titans vs Raiders online free you may as well consider it McGloin’s ongoing audition for the permanent starting QB job. Today’s 4:05 EST / 1:05 PST game will be a tough test, though. The Titans defense is ranked 10th in the NFL, and they’ve allowed just 213 yards per game through the air this season. Their rushing defense isn’t as stout, but with Pryor riding the pine or playing at most a backup QB role, Tennessee should be able to play to its strengths today. Not only with the Titans be going up against a backup QB, but they’ll be playing against an Oakland team without its leading rusher (also Pryor).
As for the Titans’ offense, the big question is which version we’ll see today in Oakland. Will the group that ran the ball down the Colts’ throats last Thursday during their first two drives show up, or will it be the unit that stalled repeatedly in the second and third quarters? Their offensive line has plenty of talent, so the Titans should be able to run, yet they have just the 15th-ranked rushing game. Against the Raiders and their solid rushing defense, the Titans will need to do better to keep their playoff hopes alive.
You can watch Titans vs Raiders online free on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket with MAX Package. The package requires a subscription, but anyone who has one can watch the live streaming version free of any NFL game, including today’s 4:05 EST / 1:05 PST game between the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders.