The Black Holes will be in full throat as the Oakland Raiders return home for week #2. How will things play out?
Subplot: Matt Schaub gets crack at old team
Every player is important to a football game but this won will have special meaning to Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub. Not only is it the home opener, it will be his first crack at the Houston Texans, the team that traded him away after his rough 2013 campaign. Schaub has every incentive to play well. Not only will he want to win for the Raider fans, but also to prove to himself and the Texans that he still has plenty in the tank at age 32.
Slow down J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney
Bill O’Brien is the new head coach in Houston and will want to run the team through the quarterback position, but all signs out of Texans camp suggests that at least early on they will be a defensively-driven team. The focal point of their efforts will center on the pass rushing combination of star J.J. Watt and highly touted rookie Jadeveon Clowney. In order for the Raiders to triumph they will need a big game from their rebuilt offensive line, particularly tackles Donald Penn and Menelik Watson to triumph.
Blanket Andre Johnson
There is often the saying don’t let this player or that player beat you. For the Oakland Raiders, that phrase will apply in week #2 to wide receiver Andre Johnson. While he isn’t the only weapon the Houston Texans have, he is the most dangerous, even at age 33. His size, experience and dynamic ability have caused problems for every secondary he plays for years. If the Raiders are to come out on top they will need a collective effort from Tarell Brown, D.J. Hayden and Carlos Rogers at cornerback to get it done.
Prediction: Raiders win 17-14