Sun Dec 8 7:47pm ET
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) rolls out to pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Oakland Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) reacts next to middle linebacker Marquel Lee (52) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) rolls out to pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, top, celebrates with teammates after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Brown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) scores past Oakland Raiders free safety Erik Harris (25) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) passes against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs against Oakland Raiders free safety D.J. Swearinger (21) and defensive end Clelin Ferrell (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ryan Tannehill threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns, Derrick Henry ran for two scores and the Tennessee Titans won their fourth straight game by beating the Oakland Raiders 42-21 on Sunday.
The Titans (8-5) bounced back from a deflected interception on the opening drive to score TDs on five of their next seven possessions to improve to 6-1 with Tannehill as the starting quarterback.
The win moved them into a tie for first place in the AFC South with Houston, with the teams set to meet twice in the final three weeks.
Tennessee broke open a tight game with a three-touchdown barrage in a span of just over seven minutes of the second half that all but ended the playoff hopes for the Raiders (6-7) in their final season in Oakland.
Henry, who rushed for 103 yards, broke a 21-all tie with a 10-yard TD run midway through the third quarter to cap an 89-yard drive.
The Raiders then went three-and-out on their next drive and Tannehill easily drove Tennessee 84 yards for a 35-21 lead on a 17-yard pass to Jonnu Smith.
The boo birds then came out in the second-to-last game at the Coliseum when Darren Waller fumbled a catch after a hit by Tye Hill and Jayon Brown returned it 46 yards.
What had been a promising season for the Raiders with a three-game win streak in November that improved them to 6-4 has gone off the rails the past three weeks. They lost by 31 points in successive road games against the Jets and Chiefs and then fell apart in the second half against Tennessee. This marked just the second time in franchise history that Oakland dropped three in a row by at least 21 points, having also done it in 2012.
Tannehill threw two TD passes in the first half to rookie A.J. Brown, including a 91-yarder. Brown finished with five catches for 153 yards.
Tennessee finished with 552 yards, their second most since the merger in 1970. They had 563 in a 27-10 win over Kansas City on Dec. 16, 1990.
Henry also had a 12-yard TD run in the first quarter and has eight touchdown runs in his past five games to give him 13 on the season. He joined Earl Campbell as the only players in franchise history with back-to-back seasons of at least 12 TD runs. Campbell did it three straight years from 1978-80.
Tannehill burned the Raiders in the second quarter with the 91-yard deep strike to A.J. Brown, which was the longest pass play in Tennessee history. Oakland answered with its own deep shot later in the quarter when Carr connected with Rico Gafford from 49 yards out. It was Gafford's first career catch.
The Titans missed a chance to break a 21-21 tie when Ryan Succop hit the left upright from 42 yards out on the final play of the first half. Tennessee now missed nine field goals this season, one shy of Dallas for the most in the NFL.
Titans: S Kenny Vaccaro left the game with a concussion.
Raiders: Oakland was without star running back Josh Jacobs, who missed the game with a shoulder injury. DeAndre Washington ran for 53 yards and a TD in his place. ... TE Foster Moreau left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.
Titans: Host Houston on Sunday.
Raiders: Host Jacksonville on Sunday in the final scheduled game at the Coliseum.
Interview with a Champ
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (head) will not return to the Divisional Round playoff game.
Fantasy Spin: Jackson will have plenty of time to recover from the injury and should be ready for the offseason program. He is still one of the top fantasy quarterbacks because of his running ability and will be a weekly starting option in leagues next season.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is in the concussion protocol and will not return to Saturday's Divisional Round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Jackson went down hard in the second half and stayed on the ground for a few moments before exiting. The Bills currently lead 17-3 and Tyler Huntley is in at quarterback for Baltimore. Barring a stunning comeback, Jackson's season will end on Saturday. He finishes this game 14-for-24 for 162 yards and an interception with nine carries for 34 yards.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (head) left the Divisional Round playoff game early and is being evaluated for a concussion.
Fantasy Spin: Jackson will need time to recover if he is diagnosed with a concussion but will have the entire offseason to recover if the team does not advance in the playoffs. He should be a starting option in all leagues next season.
Detroit Lions DT Danny Shelton (triceps) underwent triceps surgery earlier in the week.
Las Vegas Raiders WR Tyrell Williams may be a cap casualty this season because the team would save $11.6 million in salary cap space if they release him.
Fantasy Spin: Williams has struggled with injuries since joining the Raiders and may be looking for a new team this offseason. He can be a decent No. 3 receiver for a team and has a chance to be a late-round fantasy option depending on his situation.
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (wrist) is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program even though he recently underwent wrist surgery, according to sources.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones carried the ball 14 times for 99 yards with one touchdown and 14 receiving yards in the team's 32-18 win over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Jones went up against a stingy Rams Defense and ran hard between the tackles. The free-agent-to-be cashed in with a one-yard run for a touchdown in the second half and averaged a robust 7.1 yards per carry. The Packers offense didn't miss a beat against the Rams and will be favorites at home next week in the NFC Championship. Jones will continue to handle the bulk of carries out of the backfield heading into the team's next matchup.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams carried the ball 12 times for 65 yards in the Packers 32-18 playoff victory over the Rams. Williams' opportunities expanded after some hard early runs picked up some substantial gains. Few question that teammate Aaron Jones is the lead runner in the Packers offense but Williams provides an intriguing change-of-pace to the attack. Jones is the preferable fantasy choice for the forthcoming NFC Championship Game. But fantasy teams could find excellent value in a player like Williams, who could easily steal a touchdown in the red zone next week.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught four passes for 33 yards in the team's 32-18 playoff victory over the Rams. Valdes-Scantling got involved in early, picking up some nice receptions as the Rams tried to contain star receiver Davante Adams. The offensive flow eventually moved away from Valdes-Scantling, however, as the game progressed. Valdes-Scantling saw a healthy eight targets in the game as Los Angeles tried all it could to divert the action away from Adams. Valdes-Scantling will be a touchdown-dependent tournament option, at best, next week in the NFC Championship Game,
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard caught four passes for a team-high 96 yards with one touchdown in the Packers 32-18 triumph over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Lazard was targeted eight times in the game but finally exploded in the fourth quarter, catching a bomb from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and sprinting to the end zone for a 58-yard score. The Rams did all they could to take star receiver Davante Adams out of the offensive game plan but Rodgers hit big with his secondary receivers. Adams will continue to get the headlines but receivers like Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will carry fantasy sleeper appeal in tournaments for the NFC Championship Game next week.
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan caught four passes for 60 yards in the team's 32-18 win over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Tonyan has been known this season for his ability to score touchdowns but contributed in other ways to help the Packers take down the Rams. The talented tight end was a safety valve for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in crucial situations and did a nice job picking up some extra yards after the catch. Tonyan led all tight ends this season with 11 touchdowns and should see a healthy amount of targets in the NFC Championship Game next week.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce should be in line for a top performance on Sunday's Divisional Round slate when the Chiefs take on the Cleveland Browns. The Browns allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season and Kelce last caught fewer than seven passes way back in Week 7. He's far-and-away the best tight end play on this slate and DFS players who stack Kelce with quarterback Patrick Mahomes could find themselves having a lot of success on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 23-of-36 passes for 296 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing score in the Packers 32-18 win over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Rodgers got his team off to a hot start early, connecting with star receiver Davante Adams in the first quarter for a one-yard touchdown. The veteran passer slyly maneuvered his way into the end zone for a rushing score and then put the nail in the coffin with a 58-yard strike to Allen Lazard to extend the score to its final 32-18 number. Rodgers has been arguably the best passer in the NFL this season and will be a top choice in tournament play for Championship Weekend.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught nine passes for 66 yards with one touchdown in the team's 32-18 victory over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers found Adams in a familiar place, the end zone, in the first quarter for a one-yard touchdown and a 10-3 lead at the time. Adams was targeted 10 times in the game but did his damage in the intermediary passing game. Even in games when opponents focus intently on bottling up Adams, his connection with Rodgers in the red zone is undeniable. Adams will be a top choice among wide receivers next week in the NFC Championship Game.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 36 pass attempts for 296 yards and two touchdowns and scored a rushing touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Playoffs. RB Aaron Jones ran 14 times for 99 yards and a touchdown and made a 14-yard catch. WR Davante Adams made nine catches for 66 yards a touchdown and WR Allen Lazard had four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. TE Robert Tonyan had four receptions for 60 yards.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff went 21-for-27 for 174 yards and one touchdown in a loss against the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoffs. RB Cam Akers had 18 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown with a six-yard catch. WR Josh Reynolds had three receptions for 65 yards, WR Robert Woods had eight catches for 48 yards and WR Van Jefferson had six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the top fantasy quarterback option on Sunday's Divisional Round slate when he faces off against the Cleveland Browns. Of all the teams left in the playoffs, no one allows more fantasy points per game to quarterbacks than Cleveland. Mahomes should have no trouble exploiting this Browns secondary, and while his high DFS salary might make it tough to build lineups with him, he's still by far the best play on the slate.
Kansas City Chiefs Tyreek Hill should be considered one of the top wide receivers on Sunday's Divisional Round slate, with the only issue being the salary cost of stacking him with his quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. The Browns secondary has a lot of holes in it that a quick player like Hill can exploit. Hill caught 15 touchdowns this season and had just two games with under 50 yards. He's arguably the highest-upside wide receiver on Sunday's slate.
Buffalo Bills running T.J. Yeldon is active and will likely serve as the No. 2 back for the Bills in Saturday's Divisional Round against the Baltimore Ravens with Zack Moss (ankle) out. Devin Singletary will be the lead back and Yeldon's unlikely to see as much work as a healthy Moss would have, so he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar unless you really need a GPP punt play who won't be rostered much.
Baltimore Ravens CB Marcus Peters (back) is active for the Divisional Playoffs against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Jan. 16.