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NFL Playoffs

January 17, 2003

TENNESSEE (12-5)

at OAKLAND (12-5)

Facts: Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 2.

Line: Raiders by 7 1/2.

Last meeting: Raiders won, 52-25, on Sept. 29 at Oakland.

Key stats: Raider offense led NFL with average of 389.8 yards a game.

Worth watching: Raiders' Rich Gannon, the NFL's Most Valuable Player, threw 26 TD passes vs. 10 interceptions. Titans' Steve McNair threw 22 TD passes vs. 15 interceptions.

Outlook: Oakland's offense hasn't been slowed by many, certainly not by the Titans in September. If Titans can control the ball with Eddie George's running, they have a chance. Otherwise, Raiders may run it up.

Terry Bannon's pick: Raiders 27, Titans 21.

Chicago Tribune

*--* HOW THEY MATCH UP CATEGORY TEN OAK Total offense 329.5 (17) 389.8 (1) Scoring offense 22.9 (t13) 28.1 (2) Rushing offense 122.0 (11) 110.1 (18) Passing offense 207.5 (20) 279.7 (1) Total defense 310.3 (10) 311.2 (11) Scoring defense 20.3 (11) 19.0 (6) Rushing defense 89.0 (2) 90.8 (3) Passing defense 221.3 (25) 220.4 (23) Note: Regular-season statistics (NFL rank in parentheses)

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