Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans: Game Preview

JJ Watt leading the NFL with 241 QB hits and 152 tackles for loss since entering the league in 2011.
Photo Credit: Angel Rick Leal

By: Angel Rick Leal

Game Info
Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans
Sunday – October 27 – 3:25 p.m.
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas

Records Before Game
Oakland Raiders ( 3-3 )
Houston Texans ( 4-3 )

The Oakland Raiders head into week 8 with a 3-3 record looking to earn themselves a playoff spot. With the Houston Texans being another team competing for a wild card spot, this is one of the most important games of the season for them both. Both the Texans and the Raiders have been inconsistent this season showing great promise in one week then looking horrible the next. The Texans have a notable win against the Kansas City Chiefs as well as a close loss to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

As the playoff picture currently stands, the Texans hold the final wildcard spot and the Raiders are in the seventh position so this game could play a major role in the development of the playoff race down the road. It will be a matchup of strengths, the Raiders run defense ranks fifth in the league (86.7 yards/game) and the Texans run game ranks eighth averaging 134.1 yards per game. Carlos Hyde has 461 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has eight touchdown passes, four interceptions and has passed for 1, 410 yards on 189 attempts with 140 completions and has been sacked eight times.

As for Watson, he has 13 touchdown passes, five interceptions and 1,952 yards passing on 235 attempts with 163 completions and been sacked 21 times. Though Watson is the clear winner in the QB comparison, there is still much to look forward to and much that could happen in this game. 

Game Prediction
Everything depends on which team shows up today will be the winner.

Final Score
Houston Texans 17
Oakland Raiders 14