With the regular season only a couple of months away, we here at Sports Illustrated’s Raider Maven will preview all the opponents for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Following a Week 6 bye, the Raiders are hosting the Houston Texans at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Rebuilding Houston Texans
The Texans aren’t the team they were when the Raiders last met them.
The last time the teams played was in 2019, when the Texans won, 30-27. We’re talking before the Raiders moved to Las Vegas.
Since then, it’s been tough going for the Texans.
Last season, the Texans went 4-13 and they proceeded to fire Coach David Colley as a result. Colley was at the helm for only one season.
Smith is now in charge of the Texans' rebuild.
Houston made a blockbuster trade this off-season by sending quarterback Deshaun Watson and a 2024 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for an onslaught of draft picks in the next few upcoming drafts.
This means the starting quarterback is Davis Mills, who enters his second season in the NFL.
Smith confirmed this a couple of weeks before the 2022 NFL Draft.
Wills played in 13 games as a rookie, going 2-9 as a starter. He passed for 2,644 total yards and 16 touchdowns, completing a little more than 66 percent of his passes.
On the running back side, there is expected to be a battle for the starting position between veteran Marlon Mack and rookie Dameon Pierce, who was selected in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Ultimately, the Texans are at a different stage in their organization compared to the Raiders.
The Silver and Black, coming off the bye week, need to show on the field that they are the more established team both in personnel and execution.
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