Week 2: Houston Texans, 1:25 p.m. at O.co Coliseum (CBS) WIN
Matt Schaub will get a chance right away to face the team that benched him in favor of undrafted rookie Case Keenum. Free agent defensive end Antonio Smith is also a former Texan, having played in Houston the last five seasons.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 17, 2013, in Houston—Matt McGloin made his first start for the Raiders a successful one, completing 18-of-32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-23 win over the Texans. Case Keenum started, but was benched after going 13-for-24 for 170 yards with a touchdown and an interception, with former starter Matt Schaub coming on in relief to go 12-for-25 for 155 yards. Rashad Jennings ran for 150 yards for the Raiders, including an 80-yard touchdown.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Schaub against the Texans. After making two Pro Bowl appearances as a Texan and leading the team to back-to-back division titles in 2011 and 2012, he struggled in 2013 and was unceremoniously benched and eventually dealt to the Raiders for a sixth-round pick. Schaub may want to show the new Bill O’Brien regime in Houston that it made a mistake in jettisoning him without so much as a look.
The Raiders can easily pull off the victory in this scene. Look for Schaub to have a huge game against his former team and show them that they shouldn’t have have traded him.