Mariota’s absence was felt in a 16-10 loss the following week in a very winnable game at Miami. The quarterback is hoping to return to action this Monday night, though even if he does his mobility might be hampered by his injury. Tennessee is just 9-23 SU in its last 32 home games.
Monday night’s total is set at 49 points. The OVER is 6-1 in Tennessee’s last seven games played in October per the OddsShark NFL Database.
Earlier this week, Bowman said he would play if he could get caught up on the Raiders’ schemes and terminology.
“Hey, I’m going to show you something,” Bowman said Monday night.
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The Raiders have had a huge need for a veteran presence in the middle of their defense since the offseason began and linebacker Perry Riley Jr. was not re-signed.
Fifth-round draft pick Marquel Lee was the starter at middle linebacker before suffering an ankle injury two weeks ago that kept him out of last weekend’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Undrafted rookies Nicholas Morrow and Xavier Woodson-Luster are the other two inside linebackers on the roster.
“The work ethic and all that and I think the other part that’s really pretty cool is the kind of tutoring of the younger players at that position,” Del Rio said of Bowman’s influence. “I mean, they’re just soaking it up. When do you lift? How often do you lift? When do you leave? When do you cover this?