The Houston Texans take their show on the road to face an Oakland Raiders team on October 3rd that is looking to improve at home. The Oakland Raiders have won their first home game and are looking for a statement win in their second home game. Look for Darren McFadden and a short passing game to be the dominant offensive scheme by the Oakland Raiders in this game.
The Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans both lost last weekend but under far different circumstances. The Oakland Raiders lost a heart breaker to the Arizona Cardinals on kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s third missed field goal of the game 24-23. The Houston Texans were man handled by the Dallas Cowboys in their loss, 27-13 and the game was not that close.
Passing Attack of Houston Texans & Oakland Raiders a Contrast in Style
A high powered offense with Matt Schaub at the helm and Andre Johnson on the receiving end is what the Houston Texans are known for. Schaub has been hot and cold to start the 2010 NFL season and this game could be another tough game for him. The Oakland Raiders have been good at stuffing the run all year and they do have the best shutdown corner in the NFL with Nnamdi Asomugha.
The Oakland Raiders have named Bruce Gradkowski the starting quarterback and if Sebastian Janikowski would have hit the three field goals he missed Gradkowski would be 1-0 as a starter this season. Gradkowski is good for several reasons for the Oakland Raiders. Zach Miller and Louis Murphy will be Gradkowski’s number one receivers and Darrius Heyward Bey will be a perfect alternate number three check down receiver.
The most important aspect of Gradkowski’s game is his leadership on the field and never quit attitude. It is still understandable that the Houston Texans passing attack is much better than the Oakland Raiders. The passing attack edge goes to the Houston Texans over the Oakland Raiders.
Ground Game for Both Oakland Raiders & Houston Texans Hard Hitting
The Oakland Raiders may have finally settled on a number one running back in Darren McFadden. McFadden has always been a solid running back the more carries he gets. McFadden has racked up some impressive numbers out of the backfield and will continue to do so as long as he is not platooned.
Arian Foster, the Houston Texans new number one running back had an impressive opening game and has been solid since. Foster is a perfect running back to set up the opposing team for the play action pass. Foster is a straight ahead back that will freeze the defense when he is used as a decoy. The ground game edge goes to the Oakland Raiders over the Houston Texans.
Houston Texans -5.5 vs Oakland Raiders: Pick Against the Spread & Final Word
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has made the Houston Texans a 5.5 point favorite over the home team Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders have had a recent history playing well as a home team underdog and this game could be a perfect opportunity for them.
As the Houston Texans travel into “The Black Hole” they will be on their heels after a rough outing against the Dallas Cowboys. The best chance for the Houston Texans is to get their running game established against a stout Oakland Raiders run defense. If they can soften up the Oakland Raiders front line they could win. Take the 5.5 points and the Oakland Raiders as the home team underdog. The Houston Texans will win the game by three points.
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