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Raiders' Jon Gruden should be NFL's Coach of the Year, says Brett Favre

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Raiders' Jon Gruden should be NFL's Coach of the Year, says Brett Favre

Jon Gruden and the Raiders have been a surprise in 2019.

After navigating through the Antonio Brown debacle and being the stars of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” many expected Oakland to simply treat this season as a rebuilding year before packing things up and moving the organization’s operations to Las Vegas.

But thanks to uber-talented rookie running back Josh Jacobs and an opportunistic defense, the Raiders are 5-4 and right in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt.

Former Super Bowl champion quarterback Brett Favre has been blown away by the job Gruden has done through just two seasons at the helm of the Silver and Black.

“If I had to pick a coach of the year right now, it would be Jon Gruden,” Favre said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I think he’s done a tremendous job.”

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Favre joined the Packers in 1992 after being traded from the Atlanta Falcons, the same year Gruden was hired to be an offensive assistant on Green Bay’s staff.

If the Raiders continue to win games and find themselves in the postseason, he’ll be right in the mix for the NFL Coach of the Year.

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