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The (3-3) Raiders come into this game after getting abused by Aaron Rodgers. The Raiders struggled early on offense but have found a way to start scoring in recent weeks. Now it is the defense that needs to step up for them to stay in contention for AFC West. Currently, they sit in 2nd place behind the Chiefs who the Raiders lost to in Week 2. It will be a big game for them as they face a difficult opponent. The (4-3) Texans are also in the midst of a divisional race. They are just a half-game back of the Colts in AFC South. The Texans lost a close battle against the Colts last week which gave up their lead. Both of these teams could be fighting potential wild card spots as well so this game could prove to be very valuable in the long stretch. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans matchup preview page.
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 4:25pm EST
Location: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX
Oakland Raiders: G Gabe Jackson (Q), OT Trent Brown (Q), C Rodney Hudson (Q), DE Arden Key (Q), RB Jalen Richards (Q), WR Tyrell Williams (Q), RB Josh Jacobs (Q)
Houston Texans: C Greg Mancz (Q), OT Tytus Howard (Q), CB Bradley Roby (Q), WR Will Fuller V (D)
Oakland Raiders Analysis
The Raiders need their defense to pick up some stops if they want any chance against the Texans. They looked horrible against Aaron Rodgers last week, who had a career game with six total touchdowns. 24 seems to be the mark for the Raiders as it has been their point total in their last two games. If the defense can hold them to 23, they are most likely going to win. The Texans put out a very talented offense led by Deshaun Watson who has been a contender for the best quarterback this season. It will be no easy challenge for the Raiders’ defense.
Offensively, they will need to be careful. Josh Jacobs is currently listed as questionable but he is expected to be ready to play. He is just sitting out of practice to nurse his shoulder injury which he suffered last week. Jacobs has said that it needs to be broken for him to sit out which it isn’t, so expect to see him geared up. They do need to be careful with his usage as to not further damage his shoulder. The Raiders truly need him to get any kind of offense going.
Oakland Raiders Depth Chart
Houston Texans Analysis
The Texans are coming off a tough loss to the Colts last week. That game knocked them back out of first place in the AFC South. They need to rebound this game to regain their momentum to take over the division. A large part of how this game will be decided is through DeAndre Hopkin’s ability to overpower defenders. Hopkins brought in his first touchdown of the season last week and hopefully they become contagious. The Raiders have the third-most receiving touchdowns in the NFL which is a good sign for him.
With Will Fuller listed as doubtful, the other Texans’ receivers will need to step up. Keke Coutee and Kenny Stills should be rolling over this Raiders’ defense. The Raiders have allowed the second-most receiving yards per game with 301.7. Deshaun Watson will have himself a busy day in a game that he could easily be the top-scoring quarterback of the week.
Houston Texans Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins should be ready for a big game. The Raiders pass coverage has been close to the worst in the NFL, and they have allowed 16 receiving touchdowns over 6 games. That is over two a game which at least one should go to Hopkins. Now that he got his first of the season out of the way, I expect his touchdown count to return to a similar rate as last year. He won’t be able to make it to how many he had, but the rate in which he caught touchdowns is not unattainable. I expect a lot of yards plus a touchdown this week for Hopkins.