OAKLAND -- Progress eluded the Raiders again Sunday.
There were just enough mistakes in all three phases to add up to a 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans before 46,001 fans at O.co Coliseum, with the Raiders unable to shake the reputation of taking two steps back for every step forward.
The Raiders fell to 4-7 despite taking a 19-16 lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to Marcel Reece with 6:10 to play and sending their trusted defense on the field to close out the game.
Instead, Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick capped an 80-yard, 14-play drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright on third-and-goal with 10 seconds left to win the game.
"We didn't make enough plays to win the game," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "You could look at a lot of things."
Foremost among them were missed field goals by Sebastian Janikowski from 32 and 48 yards, the ability of Tennessee to convert 10 of 18 third-down opportunities (7 of 9 in the second half) and a blown coverage that enabled Justin Hunter to juke two tacklers and turn a medium depth pass into a 54-yard touchdown play.
While the Titans were making a living on third down, the Raiders were only 3 for 10, and two of those came on their opening drive.
Besides his missed field goal attempts, Janikowski kicked field goals of 52, 48, 24 and 42 yards. Counterpart Rob Bironas had field goals of 33, 22 and 23 yards. The last touchdown to Wright was the lone conversion in the red zone for a touchdown by either team.
Tennessee improved to 5-6 on a day that saw the Jets and Dolphins both lose to fall to 5-6, with San Diego, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all winning to improve to 5-6.
The 5-6 teams are fighting for what looks to be the sixth and final AFC playoff spot, with the Raiders playing Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, then visiting the Jets and still having to face Denver and Kansas City in Oakland.
It also prevented the Raiders from winning back-to-back games, something they've accomplished exactly once under Allen -- beating eventual 2-14 teams Jacksonville and Kansas City on Oct. 21 and 28 of last season.
The Raiders were coming off a 28-23 win in Houston where they got off the field defensively in the red zone without giving up a touchdowns three times in the fourth quarter alone.
"We tried to emphasize getting two in a row," safety Charles Woodson said. "We haven't been able to do it. We certainly want to win at home. We have the opportunity to play here in front of our own fans, and we didn't get it done.
Fitzpatrick, who engineered a come-from-behind victory for the Buffalo Bills against the Raiders in 2011, was 30 of 42 for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed five times for 26 yards.
Fitzpatrick was sacked twice but repeatedly extended plays by evading pass rushers with a reverse pivot and break to his left. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 168 yards on third down.
The game-winning drive included an 8-yard strike to Hunter on third-and-7 to the Oakland 33 and a 9-yard pass to Hunter on third-and-6 to the 10-yard line. The touchdown also came on third down, with Tennessee a play away from bringing out Bironas to kick a field goal and force overtime.
McGloin was 19 of 32 for 260 yards, one touchdown and a second-quarter interception that led to a chip-shot Bironas field goal. His late touchdown pass put a charge into the sideline.
"We were thinking at least overtime, you know?" center Stefen Wisniewski said. "But the Titans made some plays there, and we didn't stop them. The defense made the plays last week and got a win for us. We came up just that short today."
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