Titans vs. Raiders: Derrick Henry break out and other bold predictions

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Derrick Henry #22 at Highmark Stadium. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Derrick Henry #22 at Highmark Stadium. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

No. 4 The Titans defense will double their takeaways totals in Week 3

The Titans are off to a slow start when it comes to takeaways this season. So far, they have two. An interception by Amani Hooker and a fumble recovery by Tre Avery. On the other hand, defensive players, such as safety Kevin Byard, haven’t created any big plays. That will change Sunday when Byard snags an interception.

Moreover, defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons will sack Derek Carr and force a fumble. The Raiders quarterbacks’ struggles to hold onto the ball will surface in Week 3. Last year, Tennessee recorded 22 takeaways, and while outside linebacker Harold Landry is out for the season and Bud Dupree won’t suit up Sunday, the rest of the defense will pick up the slack and create over 20 turnovers again.

No. 3 The Raiders won’t log a single sack against the Titans

The Titans’ offensive line has surrendered three sacks this season and they will be without left tackle Taylor Lewan, who suffered a knee injury against the Bills. On paper, this has the potential to be bad news for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby is one of the best in the business and he has a solid bookend pass rusher in Chandler Jones.

The problem is that Jones has been a non-factor so far and Las Vegas lacks impact players in the trenches. This has allowed opposing teams to devote extra attention to Crosby. Even without Lewan, the Titans should be able to neutralize the Raiders’ front four and keep Tannehill’s jersey clean.