It was an ugly, ugly day for the Oakland Raiders in their 2014 home opener, as the offense couldn’t get anything going until late, and the defense did a Swiss cheese impression from the opening whistle.
Week Two looks tougher for the Oakland Raiders now that the Houston Texans posted their first win in almost a year. Can the Raiders win their home opener? Sure, they can, if both the offense and the defense play better than they did in Week One against the New York Jets on the road.
The Oakland Raiders had nine players on the official NFL injury report this week, but that’s nothing compared to the 18 players listed by their Week 11 opponents.
The Houston Texans were supposed to be a playoff team again in 2013, but they’ve fallen on hard times; Oakland may be able to sneak a win out of this weekend’s road trip to the Lone Star State.
The names on the injury report for the Texans and 49ers game this Sunday Night, is more enough to field a team. Out of the two, it’s Houston who is worse off, while San Francisco has only minor concerns. If the 49ers employ a physical game plan, then injuries will play a part in this contest, as Houston simply can’t withstand much more of a beating.
The Houston Texans have long seen their offense strike when the iron is hot and consistently run up the score, but they’ve needed the defense to keep the lead. With some players leaving and others are not living up to the hype, J.J. Watt brings the whole package to a team that is getting better every season.