Why Texans sitting QB Deshaun Watson isn’t good for Raiders' NFL playoff hopes

Why Texans sitting QB Deshaun Watson isn’t good for Raiders' NFL playoff hopes

The Raiders need plenty of things to go right in the final week of the NFL regular season to still make the playoffs. They aren't getting much help, though.

Aside from first having to beat the Denver Broncos on the road, the Silver and Black need the following scenarios to happen:

-- The Baltimore Ravens to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers

-- The Houston Texans to beat the Tennessee Titans

-- The Indianapolis Colts to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Raiders also would clinch a strength-of-victory tiebreaker over the Steelers if one of the following teams win or tie: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers or New England Patriots.

You get all that?

The Ravens already are sitting MVP front-runner Lamar Jackson, and will go with Robert Griffin III at QB against the Steelers, as Baltimore has locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. That certainly is a gut punch to Raiders fans. 

It got worse Sunday, too. 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien started backup AJ McCarron over star QB Deshaun Watson. Houston also has several key players inactive Sunday. 

The Texans already have locked up a top-four playoff seed, so a Week 17 loss wouldn't hurt them. But having McCarron instead of Watson at quarterback could hurt the Raiders big time.

McCarron, who was a Raiders backup last season, has appeared in only one game this season and hasn't completed a single pass. He has thrown for 928 yards in 14 career games with six touchdowns and two interceptions.

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That's a massive step down from Watson, to say the least.

The Raiders must keep their focus on the Broncos, but they aren't receiving any help around the league as they try to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Raiders discussing fan options at Allegiant as 2020 NFL season nears


Raiders discussing fan options at Allegiant as 2020 NFL season nears

As the NFL regular season approaches, assuming the rise in COVID-19 cases doesn’t cancel it, the Raiders are having ongoing internal discussions about a number of different options and approaches for a rabid season-ticket base that completely sold out brand new Allegiant Stadium.

As the Raiders continue to sort through the situation, they have indefinitely pushed back the deadline for final payment on 2020 season tickets. Meanwhile, longtime Raiders fans like Kenny King Jr., a Northern California resident and 2020 season-ticket holder, is holding out hope he will be front and center when the Raiders play their first season in Las Vegas.

“I definitely do intend to go to games this year and have already booked for the opener and Chiefs games,” said King, the son of former Raiders running back Kenny King.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal


Catching up on 'Sports Uncovered': Behind-the-scenes, untold stories

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Catching up on 'Sports Uncovered': Behind-the-scenes, untold stories

Want to hear behind-the-scenes, untold stories about iconic athletes or moments in sports? You've come to the right place. 

That is the exact premise of NBC Sports' Sports Uncovered podcast.

Four such untold stories have been covered so far. Missed any of them? Not to worry, you can catch up here.

You better get a move on, because next Thursday, July 9, a fifth episode will be released on the disappearance of Barret Robbins at Super Bowl 37. You won't want to miss it.

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