Which QB will prevail?
Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes breaks down the playoff matchup between the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans.
“We trust him to go out there and lead us”, Del Rio said. He went down three times last week vs. Tennessee and has been sacked 50 times over 23 games the past two seasons.
Hence, the Raiders do not have time to mourn the loss of Carr, Smith, Matt McGloin or anyone else. Late comebacks, wild finishes and the emergence of both DE Kahlil Mack and QB Derek Carr as true leaders inside the locker room and on the field.
That fact certainly won’t inspire a lot of confidence for Raiders fans. That’s because last week’s starter, Matt McGloin, suffered a left shoulder injury in Oakland’s regular-season finale against the Broncos that forced him out of the game late in the second quarter.
While the Raiders allowed more yards and points per game in 2016, they finished tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the league’s best takeaways margin (+16).
“What (Raiders) like to do is run the ball”, Texans linebacker Whitney Merciulus said Thursday. “I look forward to seeing him out there Saturday and playing well”. The 9-7 Texans aren’t very good on offense, but the AFC South champions are excellent defensively. If the Houston Texans played in any other conference besides the AFC South they would not have made the playoffs.
The Raiders are heading into Houston looking for their first road playoff victory since 1980.
Coming out of Michigan State, Connor Cook was considered one of the more pro-ready quarterbacks in the draft.
Previous year at during NFL Wild Card week I began a playoff run of my own for the ages. Besides Clowney, Cook also will have to worry about Whitney Mercilus, who leads Houston with 7.5 sacks. Houston is the NFL’s No. 1 overall defense, but it has been vulnerable on the ground, giving up 4.0 yards per rush and 99.7 yards per game. “With hard circumstances just going in there and stuff, I felt like I was confident and I know the offense well”.
The Raiders and Falcons were the only two teams with 4,000+ passing yards and 1,900+ rushing yards.
Cook stayed nearly entirely in the background this season. They’d already dealt with the prospect of losing Carr a few weeks before when he dislocated the pinky finger on his throwing hand from a bad snap. While their offense has struggled, they have Odell. In the playoffs. This is not optimal for the Raiders, the Texans, the Las Vegas books… or anybody. However, the Green Bay defense, whose secondary has been carved up by opposing quarterbacks, also faces a stiff challenge in Eli Manning and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. More than Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree or Latavius Murray.
Now, they’re all on track to make memories, no matter what happens. They are better at home, however, having won their last nine home playoff games.
“They guy can throw it”, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said.
On defense, it’s far more one-sided. I promise you any and everything will go wrong in this football game.
As many National Football League fans have been witnessing, the Oakland Raiders has been making major noise the entire National Football League season.
Sure, Oakland was due for a let down game like Sunday’s loss to Denver. “I think, to me, it’s a great opportunity”. Got into a good rhythm. Which teams are taking part? He has a nose for scoring as he had 12 touchdowns and he has the speed to take it to the house. I believe that the final score wil be 24-17 Texans.