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Quick Hits: Texans vs. Raiders

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Time to put the past behind us and move on to the Oakland Raiders. Last week shall not be spoken of, nor alluded to, nor meditated on, or muttered about under scowling breath...or something like that. It’s time to turn the page.

  • This week marks the 11th meeting between the Oakland Los Angeles Oakland Las Vegas Raiders and the Houston Texans. The Texans are clearly the better team as they’ve never needed to run away from home.
  • The two teams first met on October 3, 2004, when Houston All-Universe wide receiver Andre Johnson had 115 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Texans scored 13 unanswered second-half points to defeat Oakland, 30-17.
  • Bill O’Brien and Jon Gruden are 1-1 when facing each other. Both are known for playing their cards close to the vest and doing everything they can to simply not lose.
  • The Texans are averaging 26.4 points per game.
  • The Raiders are averaging 21.2 points per game.
  • Houston’s defense is giving up an average of 23.4 points per game.
  • Oakland’s defense is giving up an average of 27.5 points per game.
  • The Deshaun Watson led Texans offense is gobbling up 396.0 yards per game, which is currently 4th best in the NFL.
  • Derek Carr and the Raiders offense are gaining 370.8 yards per game, ranking them 13th best in the NFL.
  • Watson has thrown 235 passes, with 163 completions for 1,952 yards, 13 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 104.1.
  • Carr has thrown 189 passes, with 140 completions for 1410, 8 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 100.2.
  • Texans running back Carlos Hyde has carried the ball 111 times for 461 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and scoring three rushing touchdowns along the way.
  • Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has carried the ball 109 times for 554 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and four rushing touchdowns along the way.
  • DeAndre Hopkins has 49 catches for 508 yards, averaging 10.4 yards per catch.
  • Raiders tight end Darren Waller has 44 catches for 485 yards, averaging 11.0 per catch. He’s found pay dirt two times this season.
  • The Texans’ defense is giving up 359.9 yards per game, good enough for 17th best in the NFL right now.
  • The Raiders’ defense is giving up 376.5 yards per game, good enough for 24th best in the NFL right now.
  • Whitney Mercilus currently leads the Texans with 5.5 sacks.
  • Benson Mayowa currently leads the Raiders with 4.5 sacks.
  • Tashaun Gipson leads the Texans with two interceptions, while a number of Raiders have one; no Raider has multiple picks.
  • The Texans are currently a scratch on the takeaway/giveaway line, having turned the ball over 10 times and taken it away 10 times.
  • The Raiders are sitting at -3, having given it away 8 times and only taken it back 5 times.
  • Deshaun Watson passed for 308 yards, 1 TD, and rushed for 32 yards in Week 7. He became the second quarterback behind Carolina Panther Cam Newton to have 7,500+ pass yards (7,816) & 1,000+ rush yards (1,016) in his 1st 30 games in NFL history.
  • Watson has 11 TDs and 2 INTs for a 114.8 rating in four career games against AFC West teams. He also has a rushing TD in three of his past four home games.
  • Derek Carr completed 22 of 28 attempts (78.6 %) for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 interception for a 119.2 rating last week. Carr passed for 295 yards and 3 TDs with 1 interception for 117 rating in his last meeting with the Texans. Carr has 13 TDs with 1 INT for an 118.7 rating in his past five against the AFC South. He’s aiming for his fourth road game in a a row and his sixth in a row against AFC South teams with two or more TDs and a QB rating of 100 or better.
  • Carlos Hyde rushed for 82 yards and 1 touchdown in last game against Oakland (9/30/18 with Cle.). Hyde has a rushing touchdown in two of is past three games
  • Duke Johnson had 56 scrimmage yards (34 rushing and 22 receiving) last week. Johnson aims for his fifth game in a row with 50+ yards from scrimmage.
  • Josh Jacobs (rookie) rushed for a career-high 124 yards in Week 7. He currently leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (641), rushing yards (554), and rushing TDs (4). Jacobs aims for his third game in a row with 120+ rushing yards.
  • DeAndre Hopkins had a team-high 9 catches for 106 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown last week in the loss to the Colts. Since 2013, Hopkins ranks second in receiving touchdowns with 50, third in catches with 577, and third in receiving yards with 7,945. Hopkins has 4 receiving touchdowns in his past four games against AFC West opponents and is now trying for his third game in a row with nine or more catches.
  • Kenny Stills had season-high 105 receiving yards in Week 7. That was his best outing as a Texan so far.
  • Darren Waller led the Raiders with 7 catches for 126 yards and two receiving touchdowns last week. That was Waller’s first career game with 2+ receiving touchdowns. Waller ranks second among TEs in catches with 44 and 3rd in receiving yards with 485. He has 125+ receiving yards in two of his past three road games and now attempts to notch his fourth game in a row on the road with seven or more catches.
  • Foster Moreau had a receiving touchdown last week. Moreau has 2 TD catches in his past three games and leads all AFC rookie tight ends with two receiving touchdowns.
  • J.J. Watt has 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in his past 5 games at home. Watt has 2 sacks in his past 2 against Oakland and 5.5 sacks in his past 6 games against AFC West teams. Watt aims for his third game in a row at home with a sack. He’s one of two players (Von Miller) with 90+ sacks (96) and 20+ FFs (23) since 2011.
  • Whitney Mercilus had half a sack and a fumble recovery last week. Mercilus has 3 sacks & 3 forced fumbles in his past 3 home games. He had 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss in his last game against the Raiders (1/7/17 - AFC-WC).
  • Benardrick McKinney led his team with 8 tackles and 2 tackles for loss last week.
  • Gareon Conley, former Oakland first round draft pick, makes his Houston debut this weekend.
  • Benson Mayowa has 5.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in his past 6 games. Mayowa aims for his third game in a row against AFC teams with a sack and forced fumble.
  • Maxx Crosby had a sack in Week 7. He aims for his third game in a row with a sack.
  • Tahir Whitehead had a team-high 8 tackles last week. He has 8+ tackles in three of his past four games on the road.
  • Nicholas Morrow has 6+ tackles in four of his past five on the road.
  • Erik Harris has 6+ tackles and 1 or more passes defensed in two of his past three games
  • Daryl Worley has 3 passes defensed and 1 or more tackles for loss in his past two on road.

There you have it, folks. Enough stats to keep your mind chewing until kickoff.

Who do you think with be the statistical beast this week? Think Deshaun Watson and the high-powered Texans offense will air it out on the Gareon Conley-less Raiders secondary? Or will this be a low scoring game won in the trenches with battering ram rushes?