What a game by Raiders cornerback David Amerson. The former second round defensive back who was left for dead in Washington after week two of the season was swatting down balls in this game at a rate that would make Dikembe Mutombo jealous.
Amerson was finally given the start ahead of DJ Hayden following a game in Detroit in which he held Calvin Johnson in check in his coverage, adding four passes defended in that game.
In this game he had an interception and six passes defended which is a Raiders single-game record. He also becomes the first NFL player with six passes defended in a game since Trumaine McBride in 2013 according to the Associated Press.
Amerson now has 19 passes defended on season. That's as many as DJ Hayden (6), TJ Carrie (7), and Neiko Thorpe (6) combined. His six passes defended today matches Hayden's entire season total.
Here are some other superlatives from the Raiders 24-21 win in Tennessee:
Khalil Mack had 2.0 sacks in a game for the third time in his career, giving him a team-leading 7.0 sacks on the season. He is the first Raider with seven sacks in a season since Tommy Kelly (7.5) in 2011.
The Raiders defense allowed only seven rushing yards in the first half, the eighth fewest rushing yards allowed in a first half in team history, and the fewest since allowing five yards on 10 attempts vs. Buffalo on Dec. 21 2014.
The defense allowed only 44 rushing yards in the game, making the unit the 10th Raiders team to allow less than 50 rushing yards in a game at least three times in a season.
The Raiders now have six players with at least three receiving touchdowns this season, the Raiders' most ever in a season. The Raiders previously had five players with three receiving touchdowns in 1990, 1995 and 1996.
For the second time this season (Sept. 20 vs. Bal.), the Raiders had two 100-yard receivers in the same game. WR Seth Roberts totaled 113 yards on six receptions and WR Amari Cooper had 115 yards on seven catches.
Derek Carr now has 24 touchdown passes this season and five three-touchdown games, tied for third most in team history and the most since Rich Gannon in 2002.
Carr's sixth 300-yard game this season ties Carson Palmer (2012) for the second most in a season by a Raider.
WR Seth Roberts had a career game with six receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns, setting personal highs for catches, yards and touchdowns.
WR Amari Cooper hauled in a team-high seven catches for 115 yards (16.4 avg.) with a 41-yard long in the game. Cooper's 58 receptions are tied for the sixth most by an NFL rookie (since 1960) through 11 games.
By halftime Cooper had set a new Raiders rookie receiving record, previous held by James Jett who had 771 yards in 1993. Cooper now has 851 yards on the season.
Cooper is now the third rookie since the 1970 merger with four 100-yard receiving games in his team's first 11 contests.
Cooper is the first Raiders rookie with four 100-yard receiving games, breaking Denarius Moore's record of three set in 2011.
WR Michael Crabtree caught four passes for 19 yards, becoming the first Raiders wide receiver with at least four receptions in the team's first 11 games of a season. Running back LaMont Jordan did it in 2005.
Marquette King placed three of his four punts inside the Titans' 20-yard line, including his first inside their 10-yard line.