Week 11 - Houston Texans vs Oakland Raiders

The 6-3 Houston Texans travel to Oakland to take on the 7-2 Raiders in this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams enter this game on winning streaks with Houston winning its last 2 and Oakland winning its last 3 games. The Texans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road 24-21 and the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 30-20 two weeks ago as they had a bye last week.

Brock Osweiler had a nice game last week despite failing to throw for at least 100 yards. He finished 14 of 27 for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. His favorite target was DeAndre Hopkins who had 48 yards on 5 catches. They had much success running the ball as they gained 181 yards on just 33 carries which is 5.5 yards per rush. Lamar Miller led the team with 83 yards on 15 carries. This was the 4th game in a row the team has rushed for at least 100 yards. Defensively, they forced 2 turnovers and sacked Blake Bortles twice for a loss of 18 yards. They also did a great job against the run limiting Jacksonville to 80 rushing yards on 22 carries. In their last 3 games the Texans defense has given up 14 points per game.

The running game couldn’t be stopped 2 weeks ago as the Raiders rushed for 218 yards on 43 carries against Denver who has one of the best defenses in the league. Latavius Murray had a monster game rushing for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 20 carries. Murray has now rushed for 8 touchdowns on the season, which is tied for 5th most in the league. Derek Carr finished 20 of 31 for 184 yards and 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was also sacked twice for a loss of 5 yards. His favorite target was Amari Cooper who had 6 catches for 56 yards. Overall the Raiders offense has scored at least 30 points in 4 of their last 5 games. Defensively, they forced 2 turnovers and sacked Trevor Siemian twice for a loss of 17 yards. They also shut the running game down, as Denver was only able to gain 33 yards on 12 carries.

Houston has gone 5-3-1 against the spread this season including 1-3 on the road. Oakland has gone 5-4 against the spread this year including 0-3 as the favorite. The Raiders are 6-point favorites in this game and although they are the home team, they won’t have home field advantage. This is the first ever Monday night game played outside of the United States and will take place in Mexico City. This is an important game for both teams as Oakland is in sole possession of first place in the AFC West and the Texans are in first place in the AFC South. Oakland’s defense ranks 28th in the league allowing 398 yards per game while the Texans allow just 317 yards per game which is good for 4th in the league.

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