On This Date 8/31/1997

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Playing at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, the Tennessee Oilers begin the season with a game against the Oakland Raiders. The Oilers played in Houston for 37 years and were permitted to move two years early after playing as a lame duck at the Astrodome in 1996. Eddie George earns legions of new fans rushing for 216 yards as the Oilers win in overtime 24-21.