Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans Betting Odds and Prediction

Starting quarterback Tom Savage went down with a concussion, giving the Texans no other choice but to opt for Brock Osweiler again.

Osweiler entered when Savage wobbled off with his brain injury Sunday and finished 21-of-40 for 253 yards and a touchdown in the meaningless loss to the Tennessee Titans, and now he gets a chance to right some of his wrongs.

"We'll talk about that tomorrow and the next day", coach Bill O'Brien said after Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Titans.

I say that he plays well enough against the Raiders to earn a second start in the playoffs if the Texans advance, and alright in the following game.

The 26-year-old Osweiler was benched for Tom Savage in the week 15 victory over the Jaguars after he threw two interceptions in the first half.

According to ESPN, it was already confirmed the Osweiler was selected to start for the Texans. With MVP-candidate Derek Carr and backup Matt McGloin out with injuries, Oakland is starting Connor Cook, a rookie who has played one game in his career.

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Houston, seeking its first playoff win since the 2012 season, will likely rely on its No. 1 ranked defense with Osweiler under center. For us, it's so much more important that we focus on second-and-13, not giving up a 64-yard run, third-and-18, not giving up a 43-yard touchdown on a screen pass. The Jacksonville defeat dashed the playoff hopes for Tennessee, preventing Sunday's game from being for the AFC South division title.

It's rare that a coach gets fired after consecutive playoff appearances, but the Texans might be at the point where change could come with another early postseason exit.

If Hopkins can not get going in the playoffs, the Texans will have to find their passing offense somewhere. He's lucky that his first game back at the starting position is against the Raiders; they have a pretty bad defense and he had a solid game against them in the regular season. While the Oakland Raiders could shoot themselves in the foot with the penalties, I am banking on Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, DeAndre Washington and the defense to help out and pull out an ugly game for the Raiders.

The fact that Osweiler had more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (15) during his first season under center with the Texans is the ideal example of why O'Brien was so frustrated over his quarterback throughout the regular season.

PEYTON MANNING, A BACKUP: Which brings us full circle. Last year, they went down 30-0 to Kansas City in the AFC wildcard playoff. "I think it was banged pretty good and just sore".

The Raiders 221 finished with total offensive yards, committed three turnovers, and the rushing attack picked up only 57 yards, a far cry from the group that ranked seventh in the National Football League with 26 points per game and sixth with 120.1 rushing yards a contest.

  • Lawrence Cooper