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NFL Wildcard Preview: Raiders Faceoff Against The Houston Texans

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NFL Wildcard Preview:

Oakland Raiders Travel to Houston to Meet Texans

After over a decade and a half, the Raiders find themselves in the NFL Wildcard round against a Texans team that only has as many quarterback questions as its counterpart. However, defensively – the teams look extremely different. Both teams will need their rookies to step up in their upcoming Wildcard matchup.

With Derek Carr out indefinitely, the Raiders turned to Matt McGloin last week before he injured his shoulder and was promptly replaced by Connor Cook. Cook will remain the atop the depth chart this week after throwing for 150 yards, a touchdown and an interception last week. His start will also be the first time a rookie quarterback made his first start in the playoffs. The Texans were forced to turn back to Brock Osweiler last week after Tom Savage suffered a concussion in the closing game of the season.

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Defensively, the Oakland Raiders have forced the second most turnovers in the league this season, 30, behind only Kansas City. The Texans were only able to force 17 turnovers. On the other hand, the Houston Texans had the best Total Defense in the NFL this year, only allowing 301.3 yards per game. The Oakland Raiders were in the bottom of the NFL at 26th, allowing 375.1 yards per game. If the Raiders want to close out this season with a Super Bowl run, then they will have to make the most of their first opportunity in Houston.

The Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans both relied on solid rookie play this season. The Raiders will need Karl Joseph, who is coming off of injury, to step up, especially with veteran Nate Allen out this Saturday. Oakland will also need help from rookie Running Back Jalen Richard, who is averaging 5.9 yards on 83 carries this season. The Oakland Raiders will also need to shut out the Texans rookie Wide Receiver Will Fuller, who is a home run hitter averaging 13.5 yards per reception.