After what I see as nothing more than a harmless misstep in week three against the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans' validity as a true contender has come into question yet again. This week they travel to Oakland to play a Raiders team that was supposed to take a step forward this year.
The Raiders have only one win this year which came against the St. Louis Rams by a score of 16-14 in week two. They've fallen to the Tennessee Titans 38-13 and the Arizona Cardinals 24-23.
The "new look" Raiders already look like the "same old" Raiders. They're on their second starting QB (Bruce Gradkowski) this season, as the Jason Campbell experiment hasn't gone according to plan. Their bet asset is their second ranked defense, but that stat is misleading.
They've played two of their three games against offensively challenged teams. The one game in which their opponent had a strong running game, they got drummed by Titans RB Chris Johnson for 142 yards and two TDs
The Texans have a lot to prove this season and, up until losing to the Cowboys, were considered a force in the NFL this season. They've already beaten the Colts on the legs of rookie Arian Foster who ran for 231 yards and three TDs in the contest. I look for Foster to have at least 100 yards and a score in the contest.
Texans QB Matt Schuab has passed for 845 yards and five TDs already this season. There is no one in the League, outside of possibly Darrelle Revis, who can guard Texans WR Andre Johnson. The Texans will most likely pass for 300 plus yards in this contest with Johnson amassing 100 yards receiving and at least one TD.
I give the Raiders no chance at even keeping this game close. The Texans had a hiccup last week, and nothing more. This one will get ugly.
Texans 38, Raiders 17