A decent week so far has left us wanting more in Week 11 action, but that’s why we are fortunate there is always a Monday nighter to rely on. This week the game will take on a bit of a Mexican flare as the Raiders and Texans will square off from Mexico City. The Raiders are listed as the home team, but don’t be fooled as this is a true neutral field game, and one in which I expect fans of both teams to travel for.
Oakland has been quite the revelation so far this season. They were expected to be an improved group, but nobody could have predicted such success early this year. They enter Week 11 a 7-2 team, with their sights firmly set on at least a playoff spot for the first time in a while. Derek Carr has taken his game to the next level, and the Raiders will look to carry that momentum against Houston, despite missing a true home game.
For the Texans, they too have been fairly surprising since losing the talented J.J. Watt. They’re 6-3 and lead the AFC South, although it remains a very tight division. Despite being three games above .500, you get the sense that their record remains more of a mirage than anything. It remains to be seen how they’ll fare down the stretch, and if they can maintain their record with Brock Osweiler being so bad week in, week out. Regardless, it’s a pair of solid teams squaring off with playoff positioning firmly on the line. It should be a thriller from Mexico City, so read on below to wrap your betting week up with a winning selection. A full breakdown and pick await!
Texans vs. Raiders Betting Odds:
Houston Texans +6 (-110)
@ Oakland Raiders -6 (-110)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Texans vs. Raiders Pick:
Right now the Houston offence isn’t all that productive. Brock Osweiler has been an awful get for the Texans franchise, and he’s making ownership look silly for dishing out all of those big bucks. Last week against a putrid Jacksonville team, Osweiler only managed 99 yards. A staggeringly low figure, and something that may not even be improved upon against a much better Oakland stop unit. It won’t be easy on Monday night either, as it looks like star wideout DeAndre Hopkins will be blanketed by David Amerson of the Raiders. Amerson has been excellent so far in 2016 and the cornerback should be able to deal with Osweiler and Hopkins.
Oakland’s run defence is stellar as well, so don’t look for a breakout game for Lamar Miller. The Raiders are big, tough, and mean up front, and have been doing a lot of things right on the defensive side of things. They’ll be ready to go in Mexico on Monday night.
On offence, Oakland has looked like world beaters of late. Derek Carr can do no wrong, and taking on a Houston stop unit without J.J. Watt will not prove that much resistance. With them coming off of a bye week, look for the Raiders to be rejuvenated and re-focused for the final stretch and pick up right where they left off. Oakland is exceptional at protecting Carr, likely negating the one strength of Houston – rushing the QB. With solid protection, look for Carr to again put up big numbers with time and space from the pocket. He’s blessed to have such an array of talented wideouts at his disposal, and he should connect with Crabtree and Cooper with regularity on Monday evening.
This game should and likely will be a blowout favouring the de facto home team in the Raiders. They’re better in virtually every facet of the game, and enter amid a huge wave of momentum. Look for their offence to be explosive once again, en route to a comfortable double-digit victory.
PICK = Raiders -6 (-110)