Who will step up?
The Raiders are in the playoffs, ready to play their first postseason game since 2002. That was earned with a 12-4 campaign flush with dramatic comebacks. Excitement should crescendo about now, yet Raider Nation speaks about this opportunity in tones muffled by Derek Carr’s injury and a ghastly performance against Denver with a division on the line.
That has most dismissing the Raiders before this Texans clash, especially with rookie Connor Cook under center. Head coach Jack Del Rio has preached all week it’ll take the whole team to help a new passer and win this playoff game. The Raiders need star power from all phases to lead that effort.