The Oakland Raiders will complete their five-game stretch away from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum this week when they travel to Houston to face the 4-3 Texans. It is the first matchup between the two clubs at NRG Stadium since the 2016 playoff game on Wild Card Weekend, a game the Texans took by a score of 27-14. The Raiders beat the club in an international home contest in Mexico City earlier that year in the regular season by a score of 27-20 to bring the all-time regular season series between the clubs to 6-4, with the advantage going to Houston. Originally primed for a 10:00 a.m. start, kickoff has been flexed to 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS as the Raiders will look to finish the five-game stretch away from Oakland 3-2 and win their third straight on the road against the Texans.
|Date:||Sunday, October 27, 2019|
|Kickoff:||1:25 p.m. PT|
|Regular Season:||Texans lead, 6-4|
|Postseason:||Texans lead, 1-0|
The Raiders returned to action following their Bye Week to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 at Lambeau Field and fell short to the NFC North club by a score of 24-42. Not lost in the contest was another big-time performance from rookie RB Josh Jacobs, who put together his second consecutive 100-yard rushing outing as he carried the ball 21 times for 124 yards for a 5.9 average per attempt. Jacobs surpassed RB Bo Jackson's mark of 553 yards in 1987 for most rushing yards through the first six games of a player's career in franchise history, as he currently sits at 554. TE Darren Waller continued to shine, as he logged his first two receiving touchdowns as a Raider and went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the second time this season. Waller finished with seven receptions for 126 yards and two scores, and in doing so, topped Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown's mark of 41 receptions for most catches by a player through the first six games of a campaign in franchise history, as he currently sits with 44 on the year.
The Raiders tight ends have come up huge this season, as they currently account for approximately 47 percent of the team's receiving yards and 44 percent of the receptions. Additionally, TEs Foster Moreau and Darren Waller have planted themselves atop the league in terms of reception percentage. Moreau and Waller rank No. 1 and No. 2 in reception percentage this season, Waller with a 88.0 percentage and Moreau with 85.7 percent, as they are the only wide receiver/tight end duo in the NFL to both rank the top-10 overall.
|Broadcast Information (Television)|
|Color Analyst:||James Lofton|
Here are some notable connections between the two teams:
• Raiders T David Sharpe played two games with the Texans in 2018 before being re-signed by Oakland and appearing in the final eight games of the season for the Raiders.
• Raiders defensive backs coach Jim O'Neil and Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver served on the same coaching staff with the New York Jets in 2012, serving as assistant defensive backs coach and assistant defensive line coach respectively.
• Texans special teams coordinator Brad Seely held the same position for the Raiders from 2015-17, with his special teams unit ranking fifth in punting average (46.6), eighth in kickoff return yards (2,540), ninth in punt returns (110) and 10th in punting yards (10,904) during that span.
• Texans senior defensive assistant/outside linebackers coach John Pagano served as the assistant head coach-defense for the Raiders in 2017.
• Texans assistant special teams coordinator Tracy Smith held the same position with the Raiders for three seasons (2015-17).
• Originally selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Texans RB Taiwan Jones played five seasons in Oakland (2011-16), appearing in 66 games and recording 1,751 kickoff return yards over that span.
• Texans LB Tyrell Adams made his NFL debut with the Raiders in 2016 and appeared in 12 games during his two seasons in Oakland (2016-17).
• Texans QB AJ McCarron served as the Raiders backup quarterback during the 2018 season.
• Texans CB Gareon Conley was originally selected by the Raiders in the first round (24th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, appearing in 23 games with 20, totaling 61 tackles (42 solo), four interceptions including one returned for a touchdown and 19 passes defensed. Conley started all six of his appearances for the Raiders in 2019 before being traded to the Texans.
|Broadcast Information (Radio)|
|Raiders Radio Network|
|Color Analyst:||Lincoln Kennedy|
The Texans enter Week 8 coming off a divisional matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, a contest they lost by a final score of 23- 30 after winning four of their previous five games. The Silver and Black will return home in Week 9 for the first time since Week 2 when they begin a three-game homestretch against the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals, while the Texans will travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars before hit- ting the Bye Week in Week 10.