Texans vs. Raiders, 01/07/17 – Expert Prediction
Written by: Alex Alarcon
Oakland Raiders (12-4) at Houston Texans (9-7)
Game Time: Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm (NRG Stadium)
Line: Houston Texans -3.5
The Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans meet Saturday afternoon in an AFC Wild Card NFL game at NRG Stadium on ESPN. Both teams will be using back up quarterbacks due to injuries. Oakland beat Houston on Nov. 21 from Mexico City, 27-20.
Can Connor Cook Lead The Raiders?
The Oakland Raiders look to advance to the divisional round after winning 12 games in the competitive AFC West. The Oakland Raiders haven’t won a playoff game since the 2002 NFL season. For the quarterback situation, it will either be Connor Cook or Matt McGloin.
McGloin was taken out of last week’s game due to a shoulder injury, as the Raiders will most likely lean on Cook for the playoff game. Connor Cook is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have combined for 2,156 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Seth Roberts has 38 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 120.1 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. They’ll likely have to lean on that ground game against Houston with Carr out. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 24.1 points and 375.1 yards per game. Malcolm Smith leads the Oakland Raiders with 103 tackles, Khalil Mack has 11 sacks and Reggie Nelson has five interceptions.
The Houston Texans look to reach the divisional round after winning the AFC South with nine wins. The Houston Texans also look for their third playoff victory in franchise history. Tom Savage is completing 63 percent of his passes for 461 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Savage is questionable for this game due to a concussion. It’s now official, backup quarterback Brock Osweiler will start for the Texans. Osweiler completed 21 of 40 for 253 yards and one TD in the Texans loss at Tennessee (24-17). He also ran for a one-yard touchdown.
DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V have combined for 1,589 receiving yards and six touchdowns while C.J. Fiedorowicz has 54 receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 116.2 yards per contest, and Lamar Miller leads the way with 1,073 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, Houston is allowing 20.5 points and 301.3 yards per game. Benardrick McKinney leads the Houston Texans with 129 tackles, Whitney Mercilus has 7.5 sacks and Quintin Demps has six interceptions.
- no key trends
- 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
The Texans and Raiders met back in November, a game Oakland won 27-20 in Mexico City. In that game, the Texans actually had six more first downs than the Raiders and allowed just 30 rushing yards. There were also a couple of blown calls that went the Raiders way. When you take everything that happened in that game and add the fact the Raiders are playing a second string (possible third string) quarterback, you have to like the Texans in this game. Look for Houston’s defense to dominate this contest and for the Texans offense to do just enough to get the win and cover.
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