Texans advance with easy win over Raiders

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A once-promising season for the Raiders is over, and a much-maligned Texans playoff team has advanced to the next round.

Oakland went to Houston and took a serious beating today, with third-string quarterback Connor Cook simply unable to do anything offensively as the Texans won 27-14. Starting quarterback Derek Carr, an MVP candidate, was out with a broken leg, and second-string quarterback Matt McGloin couldn’t go because of a shoulder injury. That meant the job was Cook’s and Cook was simply not up to the task.

But credit the Texans’ defense as well: With Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus leading the way up front, Houston made life miserable for Cook. This Houston defense, which led the league in yards allowed over the course of the 2016 season, is playing well.

The Texans weren’t exactly a great team over the course of the regular season, getting outscored by a total of 49 points in 16 games. But today they won by double digits for the first time and earned the right to show they can compete with the best in the AFC next weekend, either at Kansas City or at New England.

The biggest question facing the Texans is who their quarterback will be next week. Tom Savage was out today with a concussion, and Brock Osweiler stepped in and was competent but far from spectacular. Will Bill O’Brien figure he should stick with Osweiler after getting his first playoff win? Or will he turn back to Savage, who took the starting job away from Osweiler last month? Or will Savage fail to get cleared from the league’s concussion protocol and make the discussion moot?

The Texans’ offense will need to do more next weekend than it did today if the Texans are going to pull an upset and get to the AFC Championship Game. But at least Houston knows it can win games with either Savage or Osweiler. The Raiders were down to a quarterback they simply couldn’t win with today, and that ended their season.

83 responses to “Texans advance with easy win over Raiders

  1. Can’t believe the line was 3.5 with a third string rookie QB starting his first game ever on the road and the Raiders defense. I know it’s Osweiler and the Texans and all but come on:

  2. Not here to put down the Raiders or their fans. In my fantasy pool picks, I picked Houston to beat the Raiders. Only because Cook was starting. The fact is, Houston sucks, defense is pretty darn good, but that offense stinks. They play in a crappy division. They score most times a TD and a half a game. If Carr doesn’t go down, the Raiders win I think, even on the road, if at home, the Raiders win this game pretty easy. I don’t hate the Raiders, never have. I just post because of that guy north of the border who trolls every Bills thread under 4 IDs. This game was way over the head of Cook. Would of been better off with McGloin. You guys had a great year, you should be happy. Carr is the real deal!!

  3. Don’t be fooled. Raider Nation will use Carr’s injury as a scapegoat, but the reality is that the Texans outplayed the Raiders in all aspects including coaching this game.

  4. I don’t think Connor Cook played all that badly. It would have been nice if some of his receivers, other than Andre Holmes, made some plays for him.

  5. jakec4 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 7:54 PM
    Even with Carr the Raiders would have still probably lost. Texans defense was fierce.

    Wrong, with Carr the Raiders would have been on a bye and the Texans would have lost to the Chiefs.! #truth

  6. Raider Nation will believe they lost this game because of Carr’s injury, the refs, Goodell and global warming when the fact of the matter is the Raiders got beat in every phase of the game today, including coaching.

    As for Carr, he played in 4 games this year against playoff teams (Chiefs twice) and he lost 3. Congrats on a great year but you are not ready for Prime Time with the Big Boys. You have a lot of holes.

  7. At least our team is better than the Bills because that’s all I ever say, because I have some unhealthy obsession with the Bills!!!Right Joe!?!

  8. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says:
    Jan 7, 2017 8:01 PM
    jakec4 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 7:54 PM
    Even with Carr the Raiders would have still probably lost. Texans defense was fierce.

    Wrong, with Carr the Raiders would have been on a bye and the Texans would have lost to the Chiefs.! #truth
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    Good post and you are correct, that is the truth!!!

  9. What everyone hears is laughing coming from the Patriots as they think about how easy their next game will be against these chumps…that is unless Miami pulls off the big upset tomorrow. If so, what you’ll then hear is laughing from both the Pats and the Chiefs.

  10. The Raiders are going to be real good for a long while as lomg as they have Carr. That team is real close. As for Houston, They are the best ugly win team in football the last 3 years. They will be digit underdogs if they head to The Pats next week and rightfully so. If they play The Chiefs, They have a better shot but will still probably lose.

  11. Reggie Mac is about to win the GM of the year award in the coming weeks. Really? This game I think really exposed the Raiders in a way I didn’t like. Crabtree=drops, Cooper=Cooper who?, drops and the usual disappearing act, Mack=no sacks, no nothing, Marquet King=forgot how to even kick. This game makes me think having drafted Carr was a pure stroke of luck. Remember when before the season started the defense kept talking about “we’re gonna be as good as the Donkey’s”. Carr is basically worth his weight in GOLD! He basically carried the team all season long. I doubted his ability right from the draft and the guy has pretty much SHUT ME UP! I’m ecstatic that the Raiders became relevant again. Just sad that only one guy on the team plays with that tenacity.

  12. Hehehe. Can’t wait until work on Monday to collect from all the trash talking raiders fans. Actually, it will likely be Tuesday at the earliest because they’ll all call in sick on Monday.

  13. The Raiders only had one good WR. The rest should be fired. And their offensive line was horrible.

    I don’t blame the QB…the kid had no experience, no reps and was a deer in the headlights.

    I don’t blame the coaches. They did the best they could with horrible players.

    That said, as a Bucs fan, I get pleasure from seeing a Raiders loss in the playoffs. Brings back memories…

  14. Last but not least, the playoffs were lost by your idiot coach keeping Carr in the game, throwing late with a 19 point lead and 10 minutes left. Him not a bright man.

  15. Thank goodness – the fader fans garbage got really tired last week.

    Enjoy the offseason, raiders’ fans … it’s just week later than usual. Lol.

  16. Reggie Mac is about to win the GM of the year award in the coming weeks. Really?
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    After drafting in the top 6 every year for 14 years they finally put together one winning season?? Seriously? As for McKenzie, what has he done except draft off of espn mock drafts. Wake me when he wins a Division.

  17. When is the NFL going to wise up and seed 1-6 based on record. Oakland 12 win national, Houston 10. That game should have been in Oakland. Maybe the raiders still lose but why reward a crappy team in a crappy division. Now we get to see Houston in the final eight….you gotta be kidding!!!

  18. Remember when the Chargers won that Superbowl? No? Oh wait I mean do you remember when the Chargers lost to a winless Browns team. Oh yeah, that we remember! Dumbolt you remember right? The team that lost today to the Texans has beaten your crap Chargers three times in a row. But do those wins really mean anything afterall… again, even the Browns beat the Chargers.

  19. Boy, all the snowflake haters here remind me of little jealous high school girls.

    The fact of the matter is the Raiders are back to being an elite team for the next several years. Just because your team didnt go 12-4 like ours doesnt mean you have to be so catty. Man up, losers. Or at least act like it,

    RAIDERS

  20. oh well the two steps backwards in order to take three steps forward is now complete……now the future looks solid…I feel bad for Carr, and the Raiders this year….but they will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy next year.

    Go Raiders….Go Reggie!!!!

  21. fatsolio says:
    Jan 7, 2017 8:07 PM
    What everyone hears is laughing coming from the Patriots as they think about how easy their next game will be against these chumps…that is unless Miami pulls off the big upset tomorrow. If so, what you’ll then hear is laughing from both the Pats and the Chiefs.
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    You mean the Chiefs that lost to the Texans earlier this year? As for the Pats, they never laugh at opponents. They just beat them!

  22. angelogiaquinto18, maybe it’s not Houston whose in the crappy division, maybe it’s the Raiders. You are looking through your own rose colored glasses.

  23. I laugh at the comments that the Raiders didn’t belong in the playoffs. Loose an MVP caliber QB and things change. The Texans will be exposed for what they are next week, so enjoy your one week of feeling like your team is good. Again, if you actually understand football, you can see why the Raiders are out after the first round.

  24. Humbolt the NFL should not allow the chargers in the league. They can’t even find a city that wants them

  25. Come on. Not even you believe your own comment. The AFC West is anything but crappy
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    angelogiaquinto18, maybe it’s not Houston whose in the crappy division, maybe it’s the Raiders. You are looking through your own rose colored glasses.

  26. Hey Florio, you want to know how to improve the site? Make people take a timed I.Q. test before being allowed to post. The posters here are absolute morons if they think Houston wins if Carr plays. I know trolls are going to troll but this is incredible.

  27. “What everyone hears is laughing coming from the Patriots as they think about how easy their next game will be against these chumps…”

    Thankfully Belichick, Brady and the rest of the organization never think of any opponent in that fashion.

    They will prepare just as hard for whoever they face next week no matter which team it is.

  28. Not a Raiders fan. But Clowney went against a guy who has NEVER played LT in his entire career. That includes high school, college, and definitely not the NFL level. Watson is a good RT, but switching sides is a tough deal. Tackles have gone to say it’s like trying to write with your opposite hand. Not easy to do overnight.

  29. When was the last time NE actually won a SB? These fanboys act like they do it every year when it’s actually been quite awhile.

  30. Hey Florio, you want to know how to improve the site? Make people take a timed I.Q. test before being allowed to post. The posters here are absolute morons if they think Houston wins if Carr plays. I know trolls are going to troll but this is incredible.
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    Relax Carr Lover, it’s a fair issue to debate. The Carr lead Raiders struggled against Houston most of the night on a neutral field and received considerable help from the refs and fans shining lasers at the Houston players.

    And sorry to break the news to ya, but Carr is not Superman. He played in 4 games this year against playoff teams (Chiefs twice) and he lost 3. To think his mere presence gives you an automatic victory is pretty foolish. Better luck next year but you are not ready for Prime Time with the Big Boys. You have a lot of holes to fill.

  31. A building block year.

    The Raiders are trending up and will be contenders (barring any week 16 leg breaks) for seasons to come.

    See you in the fall RAIDER NATION, it has been a great year.

    To all the kooks out there (you know who you are): Keep grinding, you characters always make me laugh.

    Carry on.

    Go Raiders

  32. illumination666 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 8:57 PM
    Not a Raiders fan. But Clowney went against a guy who has NEVER played LT in his entire career. That includes high school, college, and definitely not the NFL level. Watson is a good RT, but switching sides is a tough deal. Tackles have gone to say it’s like trying to write with your opposite hand. Not easy to do overnight.
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    Ok. What about Mercilus?

  33. So Raider Men, how was it? Your first trip to the playoffs in 15 years. Magical, isnt it? I’ll bet you still feel like you are floating on air. It will take a couple of days to come down, but you will. But you will never forget the wonderful, incredible experience you had today! Let’s all be good sports and root on those Texans to the SB. 2, 4, 6, 8 who do we appreciate, HOUSTON!! YEAHHHH!

  34. majormeatcurtains says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:06 PM
    When was the last time NE actually won a SB? These fanboys act like they do it every year when it’s actually been quite awhile

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    Literally two years ago? And cosidering they have won 4 since the turn of the millenia which is more than any other team in the league, well your comment makes no sense.

  35. oh well the two steps backwards in order to take three steps forward is now complete……now the future looks solid…I feel bad for Carr, and the Raiders this year….but they will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy next year.

    Go Raiders….Go Reggie!!!!
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    And now it begins. Eight solid months of off season homerism babble by Newbie Nation informing us of how awesome the Raiders will be next season. Sigh, they never learn. 14 years in the toilet have taught them nothing. Oakland Raiders: Commitment to Paper Championships!

  36. majormeatcurtains says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:06 PM
    When was the last time NE actually won a SB? These fanboys act like they do it every year when it’s actually been quite awhile.

    ___________________________

    Have you been stranded in the jungles of Peru for that last 3 years?

  37. tdshouldbeinthehall says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:06 PM
    Mack who?

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    You mean the guy that had 11 tackles and helped holding Houston to 2.8 yards per attempt over 44 attempts?

  38. majormeatcurtains says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:06 PM
    When was the last time NE actually won a SB? These fanboys act like they do it every year when it’s actually been quite awhile.

    Your trolling needs work

  39. Not to take anything away from the Patriots, because they can’t control who their competition is…but has there ever been an easier road to the Super Bowl? Yeesh. Once Carr went down, the deal was sealed.

  40. war27 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:23 PM

    tdshouldbeinthehall says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:06 PM
    Mack who?

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    You mean the guy that had 11 tackles and helped holding Houston to 2.8 yards per attempt over 44 attempts?

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    Wow, didn’t know Mack was in pass coverage holding all of those receivers in check…was he the only guy out there?

  41. I used to think Crabtree was pretty good, but “C’mon Man… catch something!” Pro receivers are supposed to HELP their QBs, not drop easy passes. Boy has this guy declined from his prime. Terrible now….

  42. Osweiler didn’t look too bad in this game.

    I know he hasn’t had a great season, but if he were still in Denver, he would be playing better under the system he has been studying for years. Denver would probably still be in the playoffs.

    Oh well for Denver fans.

  43. The Texans backed into this win…..they get beaten down next weekend.

    Enjoy the day Houston…..its shortlived.

  44. war27 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:43 PM
    Houston ran the ball 44 times for 2.8 yard per attempt. Is it really that hard???
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    Apparently not, they won.

  45. I am a chiefs fan and i feel sorry for raiders fans. my sympathy won’t last if the raiders stay good. sorry raiders nation.

    Patriots 34
    Texans 9

    Patriots 48
    Raiders (with a healthy Carr) 24

    oh well

  46. Unbelievable how the Raiders fans are such bad losers. Go put your jerseys back in the closet, maybe next year maybe not.

  47. Not a Raiders fan at all, but if a healthy Derek Carr was playing, the Texans wouldn’t have won. Carr would have kept the Texans defense on the field and they would have tired out. It would have been a much different game had he been in there.

  48. Without Carr, Musgrave and KNJ’s ability to plan a strategy, and win without Carr was exposed.
    Once again, Mussy not having and guts killed this team in the first quarter. And of course, KNJ had no answers. It’s as if the defense quit on him on purpose. And I don’t blame them.

  49. humb0lt says:
    Jan 7, 2017 7:53 PM

    The NFL should not have allowed the Raiders in the playoffs.

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    Really? A chokers fan opening his hole? The team with no stadium, no future, no QB and no coach is talking smack about anyone else? Hilarious.

  50. Men, what did we learn today? Come on now, let’s be honest. Many of you had the Raiders in SB 51 by early October. It’s ok, you were naive newbies, unfamiliar with winning and the perils that go with it. Maybe now you understand that a team like yours is one, maybe two plays away from catastrophic disaster and it is best not to squeal your yaps until the final whistle.

    Good things are on the horizon for the Raiders. Carr is a franchise QB, you have other key pieces but you need so much more to compete with the Chiefs, the Pats and others.

    Next time, act like you’ve been there before even though most of you havent. Just fake it because tonight, nobody feels sorry for you! You truly had it coming!

  51. ad28bestever says:
    Jan 7, 2017 10:47 PM
    Not a Raiders fan at all, but if a healthy Derek Carr was playing, the Texans wouldn’t have won. Carr would have kept the Texans defense on the field and they would have tired out. It would have been a much different game had he been in there.
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    And if the Texans had Joe Montana it would have been a much different game. However, you play with the players you have!

  52. tdshouldbeinthehall says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:06 PM

    Mack who?

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    The guy who had 11 tackles, 8 solo, and 2 TFL’s yestrday, and this year Defensive yesterday, first team all pro, and this years Defensive Player of the Year…..thats who.

  53. justbegbaby says:
    Jan 7, 2017 8:14 PM
    Last but not least, the playoffs were lost by your idiot coach keeping Carr in the game, throwing late with a 19 point lead and 10 minutes left. Him not a bright man.
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    i think you might be a bit bummed out that you Broncos are going in opposite directions of the chiefs, and raiders….as for you…..

    Just Troll Baby!!!!!

  54. backuppunter says:
    I am a chiefs fan and i feel sorry for raiders fans. my sympathy won’t last if the raiders stay good. sorry raiders nation.
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    Next year Carr and Mack will begin their 4th year. Cooper, his 3rd.
    Richard & Washington year 2. Their O-line will be one year better. – Their defense will get rid of their FA bums and draft a MLB, CBs, & DL, or get them in FA. AND, they will fire Norton Jr and bring in an experienced DC.
    So, you may as well stiffle your sympathy now, b/c the Raiders will be much better on both sides of the ball, despite already having 7 pro bowl players. – In 2017, once the defense is retooled, they won’t be scoring 30 in close games, they be scoring 40 in blowouts.

  55. Justbegbaby, If the Raiders and their fans are so pathetic, why are you here?

    Ever heard the saying, “The empty can rattles the most?” If you REALLY weren’t worried about the Raiders, you wouldn’t be here babbling on and on about them.
    The truth is, this team has barely started with: 2 rookie RBs Richard & Washington. A 2nd yr Pro Bowl WR; Cooper. A 3rd yr Pro Bowl QB; Carr. An O-line playing their 1st year as a unit and the best in the AFC w/ 2 Pro Bowlers. And Mack, like Carr, will only get better.
    JDR will fire Norton Jr & get rid of the dead weight. Then bring in an experienced DC (like Phillips or McDermont) an retool the defense through the draft and FA.
    2013 – 3-13
    2014 – 7-9
    2015 – 12-4

    That’s just 3 years under Reggie McKenzie and 2 under Del Rio.
    No wonder you’re here rattling. The Raiders JUST STARTED, went 12-4, and will be even better next year.

  56. Next year Carr and Mack will begin their 4th year. Cooper, his 3rd.
    Richard & Washington year 2. Their O-line will be one year better. – Their defense will get rid of their FA bums and draft a MLB, CBs, & DL, or get them in FA. AND, they will fire Norton Jr and bring in an experienced DC.
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    You know this how? You have discussions with Mark Davis and are in the war room on draft day? LMAO!

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