It doesn't look so much like Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy will be able to play this Sunday. Jarvis Moss is a good pass rusher but not as good against the run as Shaughnessy is.
Richard Seymour could take care of that if the Raiders move him back to defensive end. This would also allow John Henderson to take his place at defensive tackle and clog up the middle.
With the defensive line now taking double teams, Rolando McClain will have his chances in Houston. It will also be a huge help to him if outside linebackers Quentin Groves and Kamerion Wimbley can turn running plays to their side, back inside.
From there, if Raiders head coach Hue Jackson loves Tyvon Branch so much, he needs to move him to free safety. Free safety Michael Huff looks like he'll play but may be needed at corner with all the injuries.
The box is for grown men that are extremely physical, like Mike Mitchell, who is a bigger hitter and sure tackler—unlike Branch. If the Raiders don't stop the run, it's going to be a long, ugly day for them on Sunday.
The game plans of future opponents hinges upon it.