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AFC Wildcard: Osweiller Vs Rookie as Texans Visit Raiders

AFC Wildcard Game

Are Raiders Same Team?

The first game of the AFC Wildcard Playoffs will feature the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans. They play on Saturday when they battle at NRG Stadium at 4:35 ET on ESPN.  For the Raiders you can throw out the regular season stats and how they played with the injury to MVP candidate Derek Carr. The Texans have turned back to the ostracized former starter, Brock Osweiler.

Oddsmakers for this AFC Wildcard matchup currently have the Texans listed as 4-point favorites.  The game’s total is sitting at 37.

Houston lost its last outing, a 24-17 result against the Tennessee Titans to end their season. The Texans failed to cover in that game as a +3-point underdog, while the 41 combined points took the game UNDER the total. For the Texans, who were champions of the AFC South, Osweiler is back at starter. He reclaimed his post because Tom Savage was lost to a concussion in the season finale. Savage supplanted the ineffective Osweiler against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 18.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 24-6 loser as they battled the Denver Broncos on the road. The Raiders failed to cover in the matchup as a +1-point underdog, while 30 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Oakland rookie Connor Cook debuts on the road in a playoff game. Now Cook will get his first NFL start because backup, Matt McGloin, injured his shoulder.  The Raiders rolled easily to their first playoff appearance since 2002 behind MVP candidate and third-year quarterback Derek Carr. He passed his way onto some MVP ballots by passing for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns before breaking his right fibula in Week 17.

AFC Wildcard Stats and Matchups

Oakland:
Team record: 12-4 SU,10-6 ATS
Oakland is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Oakland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland’s last 10 games

Houston:
Team record: 9-7 SU,6-9-1 ATS
Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games
Houston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

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