Texans vs. Raiders – Statitical opposites, the Texans are a 6 point underdog and the number is 46.
This is a big game for both teams. The Raiders are fighting for the AFC West lead. Houston his a more secure division lead, but the team is struggling to establish any semblance of an NFL passing game. Unless the Texans passing game improves dramatically they have no chance of making a deep playoff run.
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Technically this is a road game for the Texans. However, rather than playing before the rabid Raiders fans in Oakland the teams tee it up at altitude in Mexico City. It’s anyone’s guess which team will be more impacted by the thin air but almost certainly the Raiders lose the crowd noise advantage they would enjoy in Oakland.
That said, few believe that crowd noise will decide the outcome of this game. The words “Oakland” and “Super Bowl” appear in the same sentence more and more frequently. “Houston” and “Super Bowl” are linked only because the City of Houston hosts this season’s big game.