Oakland Raiders May Not Be Stronger Than Houston Texans Unless O-Line Improves

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Oakland Raiders May Not Be Stronger Than Houston Texans Unless O-Line Improves
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: Lance Long #18 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Joe Porter #28 of the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on August 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Since predictions always have a margin of error, here is a prediction that may upset some fans. It is all based on the results of a few preseason games.

In Candlestick Park, the 49ers defeated the Oakland Raiders. Also, in that same venue, the Houston Texans defeated the 49ers and were up 23 points.

Now the law of transitivity says that if "A" is less than "B," and "B" is less than "C," than "A" is less than "C."

So if the model holds in NFL preseason performance, then we can say:

The Oakland Raiders scored less than the 49ers.

The 49ers scored less than the Texans.

Therefore, the Oakland Raiders may very well score less than the Houston Texans in the game planned for Oct. 9.

The only thing that can upset this type of logic is for the Oakland Raiders to get their act together and win the remaining two preseason games. They must also greatly improve their performance in the 2011 regular season to continue an upward movement in their curve for total wins in the 2011 season that will start in just a few days. 

One thing I noticed in the preseason game tonight between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers is that there was very accurate quarterback-receiver interaction. Also, when the pressure mounted up a few times in the game, the Texans performed almost optimally.

There was marked improvement in the Texans defense and that progress is attributed to Wade  Phillips.

Well, the Oakland Raiders have a new defensive coach, too, and Rod Woodson needs to see a measurable increase in performance so that we can continue to have strong feelings about the growth of the Oakland Raiders. Chuck Bresnahan, defensive coordinator, and others need to see big improvements, too.

Yes, it's preseason and the commentators on national television still compliment the outstanding performance of, say, the Texans.

Today, Aug. 28, the Raiders have their chance to do a dress rehearsal in preparation for the regular season.

Improved interaction between the quarterbacks and receivers and a marked improvement in everything is what must be demonstrated. The game between the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders will be a fairly strong indicator of the rate of development in the interaction between the quarterbacks and the receivers.

Those accurate receptions in tight situations are partly what is needed in the game today.

A markedly improved Oakland Raiders is certainly what the Raider Nation expects.

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