The saving grace for these teams is they can run the ball and have strong defenses. That will help them cover up their deficiencies when it comes to throwing the ball.
Still, in a postseason field that includes Super Bowl winners Tom Brady,
“The quarterbacks are going to give us what they have and do the best they can,” Raiders Coach
A troubling sign: After Sunday’s loss at Denver, Raiders tackle
Cling to the bling
The Texans finished with the No. 2 pass defense behind Denver. The
"He's just been wearing that chain all year, man, it's just been growing on me," Talib told reporters after the game. "I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I'm going to snatch it off. So he wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off."
Talib said Crabtree "started crying to the ref," but "didn't say nothing to me, though."
Crabtree told reporters he showed restraint in not going after Talib.
"I can't react, or they're going to kick me out," the receiver said. "Then I'm the bad guy."
As for Talib, Crabtree said: "You hard? You tough? You snatch a chain in front of the police and run off? Childish, man."
It remains to be seen whether Crabtree will replace the chain for the playoff game, and what Texans defenders would think of it if he did.
Man in the middle
"It's something I've been thinking about," Wilfork, 35, said of retirement. "It's a possibility. I still love this game. One of the hardest pills to swallow is when you leave something you love."
By the numbers
How teams compare statistically. All stats are per-game averages, except for sacks and turnover differential, which are for the season (league rank in parentheses):
Category | OAK | HOU
Points scored | 26.0 (7) | 17.4 (T28)
Points allowed | 24.1 (20) | 20.5 (11)
Pass offense | 253.2 (13) | 198.5 (29)
Rush offense | 120.1 (6) | 116.2 (8)
Pass defense | 257.5 (24) | 201.6 (2)
Rush defense | 117.6 (23) | 99.7 (12)
Sacks | 18 (32) | 32 (T21)
Penalty yards | 77.9 (32) | 54.2 (13)
Turnovers | +16 (T1) | -7 (T26)
Not only will the rookie Cook be making his first career start, but also he'll be doing it on the road in the playoffs against the NFL's top-ranked defense and a team that's 7-1 at home. That's an awfully tall order. The Raiders also will be without left tackle Penn, who injured his left knee in the regular-season finale against Denver. If the Texans play conservatively, and Osweiler avoids the turnovers, they should be able to win.
TEXANS 24, RAIDERS 20