After being on their bye week last Sunday, the Houston Texans return to the field for a Week 7 game against the Las Vegas Raiders, who are also coming off a bye week, so both team will have zero excuses for how they play this coming Sunday in Las Vegas.
The Texans have won the previous two games against the Raiders and three of the past four meetings as well. Houston all-time against the Raiders are 8-4 overall, with the Raiders’ last win against the Texans was Nov. 11, 2016. Houston’s most recent win against the Raiders was Oct. 27, 2019.
These two franchises have faced each other in the playoffs once and that was Jan. 7, 2017 when Houston defeated the Raiders 27-14 in Houston.
As for this Sunday neither team is having the greatest season through their first five games as Las Vegas is 1-4 overall and the Texans are 1-3-1 this season, both last place in their respective divisions.
Looking back at the history of this AFC South vs. AFC West matchup a fun fact for this game is the first time these two teams faced each other Houston’s quarterback was David Carr.
In the 30-17 win by Houston in 2004 David Carr was 14-of-23 for 228 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He was also sacked once that game, so in all honestly those numbers somewhat mirror the season numbers of current Texans quarterback Davis Mills this season.
Texans QB Davis Mills needs to be above average in Week 7
Current Houston quarterback Mills this season has thrown for 1,048 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
Speaking of Carr, the current Raiders quarterback is Derek Carr, the younger brother of the former Texans quarterback. Derek Carr this season had passed for 1,279 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
Like with most NFL games the overall play of the quarterback will go a very long way in determining the winner of the game between one-win teams. Both the Raiders and Texans need this win in a bad way if they want to try to keep within striking distance of the division counterparts for the rest of the ’22 season.
With the Texans having double the success in their history against the Raiders than Las Vegas has had against them, plus with Houston coming off their first win of the season (the Raiders lost their most recent game to the Chiefs), Houston has some positivity on their side entering Week 7.
There is some excitement for sure with this franchise entering Sunday’s game and maybe for two straight games the Texans can leave the field as the winning team.