Coming into the game today, the Oakland Raiders are an unimpressive 3-6 and even worse 0-4 on the road. With Terrelle Pryor on the bench resting a knee injury that flared up again during practice this week, Matt Mcgloin started the first game of his career and he didn’t disappoint winning his first game 28-23. Mcgloin went 18-32 for 197 yards with 3 touchdowns and most importantly no turnovers. If the rookie can keep it up against the Tennessee Titans at home next week, we may see Mcgloin starting in Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Houston Texans have now lost 8 straight games and have had plenty of problems of their own this year. Mcgloin had plenty of time in the pocket today and was only sacked twice by last year’s defensive player of the year, JJ Watt. Rashad Jennings exploded for 150 yards including an 80 yard direct snap touchdown from the wildcat formation. The defense also kept up their intensity of late with Charles Woodson forcing a fumble on the opening drive, and Nick Roach picking off Case Keenum on Houston’s 16 yard line, both leading to touchdowns.
Oakland seemed at first like they were going to shut down after the first quarter which they have had problems with, but after giving up 17 unanswered, the Raiders came back and scored 2 straight touchdowns and it could have been more points if Sebastian Janikowski’s 54 yard field goal try had been a couple feet to the right. The Texans put Matt Schaub in late after Keenum couldn’t get anything going but he was held to two field goals and was stopped on a late drive within the 10 yard line with less than 2 minutes to ice the game.
After a disappointing loss against the New York Giants last week, the Raiders have a chance to bring themselves to 7-6 if they could beat the 4-6 Titans at home without Jake Locker, the 5-5 Dallas Cowboys on the road on Thanksgiving, and the 5-5 New York Jets on the road with Geno Smith constantly struggling with turnovers and injuries. Oakland closes their season out against the AFC west with home games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos with a road game in San Diego in the middle. If the Raiders could finish the season at 8-8 it would be a huge success and if Mcgloin could somehow keep it up, Oakland may finally have their answer at QB.