View Full Version : HPF:Raiders preview:Into the Black Hole

12-02-2006, 09:34 AM

What to Expect
When the Texans have the ball…
Kubiak has been matching up with the Raiders twice a year for two decades. Due to injuries on the front line, expect the Texans to first try to get the running game working while mixing in short passes to Andre Johnson and Eric Moulds. Rollouts and bootlegs will soon follow if the handoffs are successful. If they aren't, look for Houston to try to test corners Nnamdi Asomugha and Fabian Washington with intermediate routes.

While a trick play or two may be in order, don't expect Kubiak to take many chances that could endanger Carr and knock him out of the game. Holding off defensive lineman like Warren Sapp and Derrick Burgess will be critical to the Texans' success, which means the Texans will need to get a big effort from their patchwork line.

When the Raiders have the ball…
Be prepared for anything. A new coordinator means they could try new things, but the keys to their offense will be Fargas and wide receiver Randy Moss. When motivated, Moss is one of the best receivers in pro football. When he's not motivated, the Raiders have few weapons to fall back on. Any Al Davis team will be expected to challenge the secondary deep a few times so corners Demarcus Faggins and Dunta Robinson should be alert to it.

Brooks has been a wild card throughout his career, sometimes brilliant and sometimes brutal. Texan fans will be hoping for brutal this week. Oakland has been shut out twice this year, and they have failed to score a touchdown in two other games.
Match-Ups to Watch

DE Mario Williams vs. OT Robert Gallery
Gallery was the number two overall pick, yet he has been almost a bust in silver and black. Williams has the size to bull rush him and the speed to get around him. Getting Brooks rattled in the pocket will make life easier for the struggling Houston defense. Williams will be a key to putting pressure on the pocket. Look for the Texans to blitz.

OTs Ephraim Salaam and Eric Winston vs. DEs Tyler Brayton and Derrick Burgess
Likewise, Houston's shaky offensive wall must protect Carr and open up running lanes for the Texans offense to work. They need to produce better than they did against the Jets for Houston to move the chains.

Texan Confidence vs. The "Black Hole"
Yeah, those goons are scary dressed up in their Halloween finest but most are just your typical insurance salesmen, accountants, funeral home directors and registered sex offenders the rest of the week. Don't be intimidated. The Texans need to keep their confidence and composure to pull out a win. As far as we know, Fred, none are carrying tasers.

12-03-2006, 10:51 AM
he Texans have the upperhand in this series, 2-0, with a regular season win in 2004 and a preseason win in 2005. Both came at Reliant Stadium. Heading west though has not been easy on the franchise, as the Texans have never recorded a win in either the Mountain or Pacific time zones.


12-03-2006, 11:17 AM
Isnt Gallery out for the game?

12-03-2006, 11:24 AM
HOU DOUBTFUL DT Thomas Johnson (Hamstring)
PROBABLE FB Jameel Cook (Knee)
DE Antwan Peek (Knee)
DE Anthony Weaver (Knee)
DE Mario Williams (Foot)

OAK OUT T Robert Gallery (Elbow)
RB LaMont Jordan (Knee)
DOUBTFUL WR Jerry Porter (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE OLB Isaiah Ekejiuba (Foot)
K Sebastian Janikowski (Back)
DE Lance Johnstone (Toe)
G Barry Sims (Abdomen)
PROBABLE MLB Robert Thomas (Heel)


yep looks like it

12-03-2006, 01:10 PM

Until today! Go Texans!!! :mario2:

OOPs. meant to quote your quote!!!! about never winning a game in mountain or pacific time.