Seven straight losses and this fan base has gone bananas. Most believe the season is over, but some of us still have some hope. Every game from here-on-out is a must-win game if the Texans have any shot at the playoffs. Let’s take a look at what to watch for in today’s Texans – Raiders game.
12:00 PM CT, October 13, 2013
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
- Quarterbacks - I can’t imagine anyone predicted a Matt McGloin v.s. Case Keenum matchup during week 11 of the 2013 season. This matchup of undrafted quarterbacks will certainly be interesting as McGloin faces a Texans defense allowing the least amount of passing yards a game.
- Tight Ends - Owen Daniels is not ready to return and Ryan Griffin will also miss Sunday’s game. That leaves the Texans with Garrett Graham and Jake Byrne. The Texans like to use two-tigh end sets often but may be forced to go with three wide receivers sets if they don’t feel Byrne can handle the Raiders defensive line. It will be interesting to see if the Texans stick with their two-tight end set or switch things up with two of their top three sitting.
- Raiders O-Line - The Raiders offensive line has struggled with injuries this season and has been below average this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Raiders LG Lucas Nix grades as the worst lineman in the NFL. Expect the Texans to have J.J. Watt and others go right after him.
- Linebackers - The Texans were already short at LB with Brian Cushing out for the season. Joe Mays is also banged up and is in danger of missing the game as well. If Mays can’t go, expect Jeff Tarpinian to take his place and Justin Tuggle may see some time as well.