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Live playoff updates: Raiders vs. Texans on Saturday

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Get live NFL playoff scoring updates, news and analysis Saturday at 1:35 p.m. when the Raiders face the Texans in Houston in an AFC Wild Card game.

The good news for the Raiders (12-4) is that they’re back in the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. The not-so-good part is that they’ll do so without their MVP-candidate quarterback Derek Carr (broken leg). Oakland sends out rookie Connor Cook for his first NFL start, becoming the only quarterback in league history to make his first start in the playoffs.

Cook will face the NFL’s top-rated defense and will do so without trusty Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn (knee), who will miss his first game in nine years.

**UPDATE: The Raiders also revealed that one of their top defensive linemen is sick. Mario Edwards Jr. is listed as questionable but he is active. Here are the Raiders inactives: Derek Carr, Nate Allen, Antonio Hamilton, Donald Penn, Vadal Alexander, Jihad Ward, Branden Jackson.

Houston, the AFC South champions, have quarterback issues of its own as the Texans will turn to maligned Brock Osweiler after starter Tom Savage suffered a concussion in last week’s regular-season finale loss to Tennessee.


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The Raiders and Texans met already this season with Oakland rallying for a 27-20 win in Mexico on Nov. 21. Carr threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to secure the win.

The winner of Saturday’s wild card game will likely travel to New England next week to face the Patriots in the AFC divisional round.

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You’ll find more Raiders coverage at MercuryNews.com/sports/oakland-raiders

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Jon Becker

  • idahoraiderfan33

    So the LA Bolts, SMDH!!
    Well at least the RAIDERS will have another home game!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That team will need to be a contender this coming year in order for them to get that fan base going.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    In reality they will not for years

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)
  • MEX_GHOST, Raiders believer.

    The Chargers were originally from LA. Dont know what their logo was at that time.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    LAMBS and CHARGETTES will get ran out of LA. The only team who will only survive there is the RAIDERS

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Yup

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Hey bro

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Ahoy fellow Raiders bloggers… except PAB Riff….

  • idahoraiderfan33

    So the Donks are looking to lock into both Musgrave and McCoy
    That’s a lot of firepower in coaches.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Who knows man. I do know that LA don’t like the Chargers as of now..
    They better WIN from the get go.. And Rivers is on record as not wanting to go to LA, maybe they trade him??

  • MEX_GHOST, Raiders believer.

    Oohh youre right. Rivers said he doesnt want to go to Los Angeles. And he still has like 3-4 years in his currrent deal.

  • DKnight007

    The Charger move to LA will wind up being a disaster and mistake for the NFL. The won’t sell many season tickets over there while Lambs and Dolts battle for fans. Most down there are Raider fans anyhow. haha

  • DKnight007

    The Raiders offense was good in spite of Musgrave being the play caller. It was mainly all Carr coming into his own and the talent on offense. I think it was a good move to stay in house and promote Downing as play caller. Things that need to improved upon and what he needs to work on:

    1. Find more creative ways to get Amari Cooper the ball. Downing should study film of when he was at Bama and how they used him very effectively.

    2. Get the tight ends more involved. Need to get Walford or (a bigger receiver like Holmes) the ball more importantly Rivera(if Rivera stays) tight ends are QB’s best friend and Downing will need to create mis matches more often using tight ends. Maybe target Bamas OJ Howard in 1st Round if Rivera leaves?

    3. Develop a legitimate screen game using quick explosive backs Richard and DWash and get them ball in space more. Our screen game was pretty much non existent. When we did run “screens” they would be more like flat dump offs with no blocking and would be 3 yard losses. Add a legit screen game to the playbook and the offense would be that much more explosive.

    5. Don’t be so predictable. Downing needs to learn from Musgraves mistakes. Running up the middle on 1st and 2nd downs is not gonna cut it especially when D knows it. Throw in some reverses, mis direction plays, play action passes and get Carr rolling out and moving the pocket more. How about mixing up the blocking schemes at times and running some zone one cut runs for the smaller backs and running some more to the perimeter to stretch the D out at times. Maintain or gap power blocking and pulling and counter plays…..but add in some zone runs to the game plans when it is better to attack a certain defense in that way. JDR will need to now also hire an experienced QB coach to assist the inexperienced Downing with play calling, game planning, film breakdown and adjustments.

  • DKnight007

    JDR needs to hire an experienced QB coach to assist Downing with play calling, game planning and making quick adjustments. Especially since Downing has never called plays before. Also need to hire Wade Phillips as D consultant/assistant head coach and Gus Bradley as new secondary coach.

  • DKnight007

    Exactly! haha…

  • DKnight007

    Exactly….plus it’s not going to Hawaii….who cares about Orlando. haha

  • DKnight007

    Well…I would rather have Raiders move to Vegas ahead of LA and share a market and stadium again…that’s for sure. Sucks to be Dis Chargers! haha

  • MK1

    That’s going to be some posters in here and the other blog, when the Raiders go to Vegas. I would bet on Homer, R8er Cain and a few others.

  • Raider D

    Rams hire Shawn McVay ex Redskins OC now youngest HC!

  • MEX_GHOST, Raiders believer.

    I can see the QB coach happening but not one of the Wade or Gus hire.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Ancestors
    Josh Dubow
    2h2 hours ago
    Josh Dubow ‏@JoshDubowAP
    In 4 seasons w/ #Raiders, DJ Hayden had as many penalties (35) as INTs, sacks, passes defensed, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries total

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Musgrave sucks

  • DKnight007

    Rams players gonna walk all over him….unless he turns offense around quickly!

  • DKnight007

    We need a beast ILB who is sideline to sideline who can cover, a beast penetrating DT/3tech or beast edge rusher like Soloman Thomas and as a true slot corner or a corner who can cover tight ends. Hope Neiron Ball comeback next year. We also need a mismatch type weapon like OJ Howard or another slot receiver with hands.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Scott Bair
    48m48 minutes ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Del Rio: #Raiders WRs dropped more passes ‘than I’m comfortable with’ http://fw.to/gMyfoQZ

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Ya eh

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Rikster keepin da blog alive… hey ahh time Fo a new article eh?

  • Aussie Raider

    Raiders still in the race for Wade Phillips per twitter.

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Really?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    no, we aren’t …

  • gangosix

    Ginger ?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Wade is headed to the Rams or Skins…

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Will the stadium in Vegas be a dome cause of the heat?

  • Aussie Raider

    Damn Phillips going to the Rams.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Rick Dennison for QB Coach?

  • MEX_GHOST, Raiders believer.

    He wanted total control of the D, I guess.

  • MEX_GHOST, Raiders believer.

    If 32 out of that 35 total had been INTs he would have been extended.

  • MEX_GHOST, Raiders believer.

    Too many beasts.

  • MEX_GHOST, Raiders believer.

    Dont worry, Wade takes up the age avg of the staff.

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    GoldenStateWarriors
    3h3 hours ago
    GoldenStateWarriors ‏@warriors
    The Warriors, @RAIDERS & @Athletics presented a $750k check to @RedCross & City of @Oakland to help assist with #OaklandFire relief efforts.

    Too bad Oakland didnt try to save their teams “warriors” “raiders” they wont be receiving this in the future from them

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Still on holidays Becker?

  • Rik/ALS/ Raiders/ Posse

    Rich Gannon Qb coach…

  • idahoraiderfan33

    OJ Howard is a first round pick. You think the RAIDERS are ready to move on from Walford?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    At least he’s out of the division

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Im good with this

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Gannon

  • DKnight007

    Hahaha…need them!