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Jon Gruden uses Bobby Knight's advice to lead Raiders past Colts

Jon Gruden uses Bobby Knight's advice to lead Raiders past Colts

After last week's debacle against the Minnesota Vikings, Jon Gruden and the Raiders knew they needed to script a different start Sunday when they visited the Indianapolis Colts.

The Raiders trailed 21-0 before they blinked against the Vikings, but Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr had the offense cooking early in Indianapolis. The Raiders opened the game with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that Carr capped with a touchdown pass to rookie tight end Foster Moreau.

After the defense forced a punt, Gruden called a reverse to new wide receiver Trevor Davis, who took it 60 yards to the house, and it was 14-0 just like that. The Colts then trimmed the Raiders' lead to 21-10 at halftime.

Coming out of the locker room, the Raiders' defense again forced a punt, and Gruden and the offense went to work, going on a 16-play, 82-yard drive that soaked up 9 minutes, 12 seconds and ended in a field goal. The Raiders walked away with a 31-24 win to improve their record to 2-2.

The Raiders owned the start of each half -- something Gruden learned was important from another legendary head coach.

"That's just great coaching," Gruden said with a chuckle. "It's a credit to our coaches, and our players and our preparation. We travel first class, stay in great hotels and take great pride in our performance

"I learned from Bobby Knight way back when I was a ball boy at Indiana [that the] first five minutes of each half usually set the tone for the entire game. So I felt we did a good job the first five minutes of each half, and it's a big reason we were able to win."

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The Raiders showed great resolve in not letting their Week 3 blowout loss to the Vikings derail their season. Now, they'll have to take that momentum to London, where they'll face the Bears in Week 5.

Raiders-Titans odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

Raiders-Titans odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

The Raiders badly need a win Sunday at home against the Titans.

But Vegas and several NFL experts aren't on Oakland's side.

Despite the game being played at the Coliseum, the Raiders are underdogs according to most oddsmakers.

With a win over the Titans, the Raiders will keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A loss gives Jon Gruden's team almost no chance of reaching the postseason.

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Line

Caesars: Titans -3 (-105)
Consensus: Titans -3 (-106)
Westgate: Titans -2.5 (-120)
Wynn: Titans -2.5 (-120)

Predictions

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN.com: Raiders 23, Titans 21
Turron Davenport, ESPN.com: Titans 24, Raiders 17
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Titans 27, Raiders 13
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 23, Titans 20
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Titans 27, Raiders 17

Raiders vs. Titans live stream: How to watch Week 14 NFL game online

Raiders vs. Titans live stream: How to watch Week 14 NFL game online

Each of the last four games of the season are important for the Raiders (6-6), but Sunday's clash with the Titans (7-5) is vital to keeping their playoff hopes alive.

If the Raiders lose Sunday, the final three games might not be as important.

At the moment, Oakland's postseason odds sit at 7 percent. A win boosts their odds to 15 percent, but a loss would give the Raiders just a 1 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Entering Sunday's game at the Oakland Coliseum, the Titans hold the No. 7 seed in the AFC while the Raiders are No. 8, so the contest will have serious implications on the playoff race.

The Raiders' offense took a big hit Friday when star right tackle Trent Brown was ruled out due to a pectoral injury. On defense, Jon Gruden and Co. need to make sure they slow down Tennessee running back Derrick Henry in order to have a chance to win.

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Here's how to watch the Raiders-Titans Week 14 clash on TV and online:

Start time: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:25 p.m. PT
TV Channel: CBS
Live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial