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Can Raiders’ Connor Cook make franchise history?

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) fumbles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. The Raiders recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) fumbles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. The Raiders recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Connor Cook will boldy go where only one man before him has gone in the storied 57-year history of the Oakland Raiders.

Come Saturday in Houston at 1:30 p.m., the 23-year-old Cook will become just the second rookie quarterback in franchise history to start a playoff game. The Raiders have played 43 postseason games in their history and the only other time a rookie started came in 1991 when Todd Marinovich was under center.

Marinovich’s fateful start against the Chiefs came in under eerily similar circumstances to Cook’s expected start against the Texans. Long before Marinovich’s career and life spun out of control, he was a rookie first-round pick out of USC filled with promise. Like Cook, Marinovich threw his first NFL pass the week before the playoffs. Like Cook, Marinovich was impressive in a Raiders loss — very impressive, throwing three touchdowns in a 27-21 loss to the Chiefs in that Dec. 22 game in ’91.

Connecting the dots of the Raiders rookie quarterbacks, Cook also gave the Raiders reason for optimism in Sunday’s crushing loss in Denver by going 14 for 21 for 150 yards and a touchdown.

But this is where Raiders fans are hoping the similarities between Marinovich and Cook come to an end.

A week after getting his feet wet in ’91, a week later Marinovich was overwhelmed by the same Chiefs defense while throwing four costly interceptions in a 10-6 loss in Kansas City in the wild card round. Marinovich went 12 for 23 for 140 yards and also fumbled once. Not included in his woeful stat line was a locker room mirror that Marinovich broke with his helmet after the loss.

How will Cook respond to the pressure of being the first rookie in NFL history to make his first career start in the playoffs? And what about the task of playing on the road against the NFL’s top-ranked defense? Can Cook become the first Raiders rookie quarterback to ever win a playoff game? It’s probably safe to say the Raiders’ best chance of winning would be for their offensive line to turn in a dominating performance, and for their defense to make some plays against Houston’s Brock Osweiler.

On the other hand, a guy who knows a couple things about quarterback play seems to think an awful lot of Connor Cook!

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Jon Becker

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Watson sucks. How about Osemele at LT and Vadal at LG?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    I’m going with 23-17 Raiders

  • Raiders21

    Penn out tomorrow. Good news keeps coming for the Raiders

  • idahoraiderfan33

    They might, but more than likely Watson at LT

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Wonderful news!! Just Awesome, smh

  • idahoraiderfan33

    What Madden says is true..
    Most of the hype for this wild card weekend has been around the RAIDERS vs Texans. Seems like everybody wants to watch that game!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Watson.. Ose.. Hudson.. Jackson.. Howard

  • Tony Daysog

    Ugh!

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    CSNAuthentic ‏@CSNAuthentic
    BREAKING: #Raiders left tackle Donald Penn ruled out vs #Texans: ‘In tears right now’ (@BairCSN) http://www.csnbayarea.com/raiders/raiders-lt-donald-penn-ruled-out-vs-texans-tears-right-now … #NFLPlayoffs #NFL

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    36m36 minutes ago
    Ian Rapoport ‏@RapSheet
    #Broncos CB Aqib Talib, the notorious chain-snatcher, did not get fined for doing so to #Raiders WR Michael Crabtree last week.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    30m30 minutes ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Menelik Watson is expected to start at left tackle, with Austin Howard in his spot at right tackle.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Should of pulled the starters when the game was out of hand. Oh well, now we roll with Watson at LT

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Pull up a chair and sit next to Carr, and watch the RAIDERS take care of Biz!!
    You get NEXT game!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Hey Talib?? You are one gold chain snatching PUNK!! Only PUNKS do WEAK sheet like that!! What comes around goes around in this World

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yeah no shock there. In fact he played pretty good good in relief of Penn, IMO

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Watson has very little at LT but the guy learns quick.
    His problem is always conditioning.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    yuck..

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Watson sucks. This changes everything

  • Aussie Raider

    And if we get Talib in free agency he can give the chain back to Crabtree.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    1h1 hour ago
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    Only rough up guys wearing jewelry next time @BIrvin_WVU11 https://twitter.com/JoshDubowAP/status/817507752960372736

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    THE NFL IS A JOKE.

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Friskies LoL

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Texans HC on the hot seat. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing?
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/01/07/teams-with-coaching-vacancies-think-bill-obrien-may-be-available/

  • Plunkhead

    Game day OBG’s, lets hear some noise.
    Shake those pom poms

  • idahoraiderfan33

    It worked out good for Kubiak last game

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Need some coffee first dude

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Run the ball stop the run!!

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    We gonna be COOKIN today

  • Die Haters

    We are going to be cooked today?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    If we win today and Cook has a good game, the bidding for him will start at 1st round pick..

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Cook will have a solid game

  • Raiderkoolaid

    It will be great for the Raiders on into the future if Cook can make himself marketable like that.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I have more concerns over Howard at right tackle than Watson at left. I would rather see Vidal at right tackle.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I really couldn’t understand why it wasn’t an unsportsman like conduct penalty. Crabtree used great restraint not to hurt his team.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Get ready for next week.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Osemele has been listed as questionable because of an ankle injury. It is probably better to keep him at guard than to ask him to block in space.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I love Carr but it is kind of hard to argue against Matt Ryan.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    It’s all about QB in this league. Shoot, just look at the RAIDERS without Carr.. Cook has first round talent, everybody knows that but we also know why he fell in the draft as well.. Cook getting alot of media hype cuz they know he can ball..
    Hopefully he plays real good, and plays up to his talent level..
    WIN WIN if he does that.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    NEW POST!!

  • Plunkhead

    I was just gonna say that