Raiders-Texans: At 1-2 Raiders Must Defeat Texans...Enter the Raider Defense
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The 2010 Oakland Raider defense is very close to perfection. This finely tuned team of athletes has shown that it can be the best of the AFC West. The offense is still having issues and this can only be resolved by practice.
At 1-2 the Raiders have proven that they can contain the run (i.e. Chris Johnson) and Steven Jackson. Bruce Gradkowski moves the ball down field quickly. The problem for the Raiders is scoring in the red zone. The Oakland Raiders definitely have the weapons needed to score so better play-calling would be helpful.
The Raiders now face the Houston Texans after playing defensive games against the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. The new defense should have no problem containing the QB and the RBs.The addition of Tyvon Branch, Kamerion Wimbley, Richard Seymour and Rolando McClain has proven successful for the silver and black
It will be the Raiders defensive front that shuts down the passing ability of QB Matt Schaub. It is tough to run against the Oakland Raiders and when passing, the Raiders have the NFL's best CB in Nnamndi Asomugha.
An example of wide reciever frustration was shown by opponent Larry Fitzgerald as Asomugha shut down his game.
After losing to the Arizona Cardinals 24-23 the Oakland Raiders should be ready to play to perfection against the Texans. In fact, the Oakland Raiders must dominate this game from the start and that means getting TDs.They cannot afford to lose this game and sink into a hole. The Raiders will soon have to play divisional teams and should be able to defeat all three and regain the AFC West title. This is, after all, what coach Tom Cable has been promoting.
I highly doubt that Sebastian Janikowski will miss any more field goals after the loss last week. But then again...the Raiders cannot rely on kicks and must score with every red-zone opportunity.
Darren McFadden is one of the top RBs in the league and should be able to get another 100-plus-yard game. The Oakland Raiders are slowly rotating Michael Bush in so he can get hits and get back to form. It should be this combo that opens the passing game.
The Houston Texan offense may run the ball more as their star receiver Andre Johnson is a game-time decision because of an ankle injury. Chances are Andre Johnson will play. Nnamndi Asomugha will be teamed up against Andre Johnson and will more than likely shut him down as he did Larry Fitzgerald last week.
The Oakland Raiders play at home against the Texans and after last week's loss I expect a huge win.
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