NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The reputation precedes the experience for most Titans players, but those who have and those who haven’t played in “The Black Hole” said they are looking forward to Sunday’s game at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum.
“It’s a great place. The atmosphere is just crazy,” Pollard said. “That’s what they’ve been doing for a very long time. That’s what Mr. (Al) Davis built and what he thrived on. For us, we have to stay composed and know who we’re going against, knowing the situation, knowing what’s at stake.”
“I don’t think a lot of these guys have played there, even the veterans, but I’ve played there,” Washington said. “That is definitely, you always talk about the opponents’ crowd and how it can be a factor in your games, I think that might be one of the only stadiums where their crowd might come on the field and fight you.”
Southern California natives
“Just growing up in California, you hear about the Raiders, see ‘The Black Hole,’ the fans with masks and faces painted, they’re going to be into it,” Ayers said. “I’ve been looking forward to playing in Oakland since I’ve been in the league. It looks like a fun place to play.”
The winner will do itself a favor by staying in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot in the AFC playoffs, which is not lost on any Titans player.
“The crowd is going to be into it and boo you, throw things at you, do whatever they can to get under your skin, and you’ve got to tune them out and stay focused on the game,” Casey said. “You can’t worry about what’s going on in the crowd. My family is going to be there, so I’ve got to make sure I stay focused on the game. They’re big and can handle themselves. They ain’t scared of nothing, so they’re going to be out there showing their support and we’re going to be good to go.”