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The Texans have already announced that Brock Osweiler will be the team's starting quarterback against the Silver and Black with Tom Savage in the NFL's concussion protocol, which should make Saturday's AFC wild-card game a matchup of defenses.

RAIDERS +3.5, over Houston: Brock Osweiler isn't great but he has far more experience than Connor Cook, Houston has a much better defense than the Raiders, and this game is in Houston, not Oakland, on a short travel week for the Silver & Black franchise, which has had a load of travel journeys this season...

Tyreek Hill's dramatic 95-yard punt-return touchdown on Sunday cost Minnesota's Marcus Sherels $100,000.

"I thought Brock did some really good things on Sunday with his teammates and nearly brought us all the way back", O'Brien said. Plunkett went on to lead the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory, and did it again three years later. If there's something that bothers Osweiler, it's pressure.

In a postgame interview, Roethlisberger said, "This game is about when you can get hot and play your best football". Last week I missed my 6-star play with Seattle. The Texans presumably chose to go with Osweiler because of the uncertainty about Savage's availability, and because Osweiler played pretty well in relief last week. Or is the realization that a possible Super Bowl trip has likely been crushed on one unfortunate play too much to overcome? "I think all the signs are real positive for Connor as we go forward". Cook is a smart guy that can make all the throws. This will be his first postseason start after he was benched in favor of Peyton Manning before the playoffs last season with the Denver Broncos. He was particularly ordinary away from MetLife Stadium, managing just 1,788 yards through the air with 10 TDs and seven INTs.

When new starter Matt McGloin left Sunday's game against Denver with an injury, Cook was pressed into action. After being shut out for most of three quarters, the Raiders dented the scoreboard on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Cook to Amari Cooper (followed by a failed 2-point try).

Jackie has been a staple at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum this season, and it would not be surprising if she were in Houston on Saturday supporting her brother. The problem is, Houston's rushing defense gives up 99.7 yards per game on the ground.

OBrien likes what hes seen from Osweiler since his benching and is eager to see what he can do on Saturday. "Everybody do a good job in the fourth quarter of finishing everything". “He really hasnt changed his routine at all. I do not love that trend going into the playoffs, and especially going into the playoffs at CenturyLink Field.

HOUSTON — Houston veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork is considering retirement after this season.

"I'm just going to go out there and make plays for my teammates", Cook said. But its definitely not off the table.”.

Plunkett himself supplanted a starter during the 1980 season, when Dan Pastorini broke his leg in September.

The Texans won the NFL's worst division for a second year in a row.

Coach Bill OBrien was caught off-guard when told Wilfork was contemplating retirement, saying: “Wow. he hasnt spoken to me about that.”. "You come in as a rookie, you're unsure of the offense, timing with the receivers, all that stuff, so now just having nearly a full season under my belt, staying after, getting extra reps after practice, coming out before in pregame when I was inactive throwing with other receivers, just filling the timing, the route concepts and the knowledge of the offense".

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