Oakland Raiders travel to Mexico City this week to take on the Houston Texans in Monday Night Football bout at Estadio Azteca
The Oakland Raiders are off to their best start since 2001 and haven’t lost a road game this season. The Oakland Raiders are favored in this game and will travel south of the border to face the Houston Texans in Mexico City. The Houston Texans will go for a third straight win in this Week 11 game. The game between the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 21, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. ET at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
The Houston Texans could use this win to improve their standing in the AFC South. The Houston Texans leads their division which is probably the weakest in the NFL. The Texans needs their quarterback Brock Osweiler to grow into his role as the starter and a win over a quality opponent like the Raiders. The Texans have a problem this season of keeping up on score against the better teams. In their three losses, all against quality opponents, the Texans have been outscored 85-22. The Houston Texans defense is ranked 26 in the NFL against the run, surrendering 120.7 yards per game. They also rank 27 with just eight turnovers forced in nine games. The Texans are showing signs of improvement in both areas. Without defensive player of the year J.J. Watt, the Texans haven’t had as much success getting to the opposing quarterback. The Texans have a total of 10 sacks over the past seven games. For Houston to have success slowing down the Raiders offense, getting after Carr is priority. Look for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to try and bring the pressure to disrupt Carr.
The Oakland Raiders have won six of its last seven games and is coming off its biggest victory of the season. Running back Latavius Murray scored three rushing touchdowns and the Raiders stunned Denver’s defense to win 30-20. Murray had a season high 114 yards out of the team’s 218 total. The Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 184 yards. The previous week Garr set a new team record of passing for 513 yards. This showed that the Raiders offense is capable of adapting to opponents. Through nine games Carr has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,505 yards and 17 touchdowns. More importantly, Carr has thrown only three interceptions in his 354 attempts. The Raiders defense is doing a good job with keeping Carr outof trouble. The Raiders have allowed 11 sacks, the fewest in the league, and Carr has rarely been pressured. When given time Carr has proven to be deadly. We believe Houston will keep the game close with a defensive effort, but they don’t have enough firepower to overcome the Raiders.