Raiders look for a win in Houston Sunday

By Joe Hawkes-Beamon

OAKLAND — With quarterback Terrelle Pryor still dealing with a knee issue, undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin could be under center when the Raiders hit the field against the Houston Texas at Reliant Stadium Sunday.

Both Pryor and McGloin has taken snaps with the first team offense, but Oakland (3-6) should be prepared for the worst. Pryor didn’t have the explosiveness that we’ve been accoustomed of seeing in last Sunday’s 24-20 loss against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Pryor finished the game 11 of 26 passing for 122 yards and no touchdowns, including the interception that setup the Giants game-winning touchdown.

Whomever is at quarterback for Oakland, they will have running back Rashard Jennings in the backfield starting his second game for the injured Darren McFadden (hamstring). Jennings finished with 88 yards on 20 carries against the Giants and looks more and more like the featured back in Oakland.

Jennings has 520 total yards from scrimmage this season, while McFadden has only 437 totals from scrimmage. Jennings is averaging two more yards per attempt than McFadden and with the quarterback position being unsettled, its imperative that Jennings is fed the ball a lot.

Houston is having a season to forget.

The Texans (2-7), most experts trendy Super Bowl pick out of the AFC heading into this season, have lost seven straight games after starting the season 2-0.

Quarterback Matt Schaub (8 TDs, 9 INTs) struggled the first six games, particularly getting the ball to wide receiver Andre Johnson (0 TDs), was replaced by rookie and Texas native, Case Keenum. Since Keenum (7 TDs, 0 INTs) took over at quarterback from Schaub in Week 6 at Kansas City, he’s thrown five touchdowns to Johnson. Oakland must know where No. 80 is at all times because Keenum loves to get the ball to one of the more dominant wide receivers in the league.

Johnson isn’t even the player that Oakland must key on in order to snap their two game losing streak.

That is defensive end, the terrorizing J.J. Watt.

Watt plays ferocious and loves to get after the quarterback. Watt has 6.5 sacks on the season with 42 tackles and no matter if it is McGloin or Pryor starting at quarterback, Watt will have his chances at making it a rough day for Oakland.

Oakland has a chance to win, but Houston looks like the better pick.

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