By Derek Fogel

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans have a high-caliber matchup in their Week 11 game with the (7-2) Oakland Raiders. Their offense is averaging 401 yards per game which is 5th in the NFL. However, the Houston defense is 4th in the league in yards allowed per game.

Leading the Raiders is Quarterback Derek Carr. He has 2,505 yards through the air for 17 touchdowns this season. Carr is also completing 66.1% of his passes and has only thrown three interceptions.

“I’ve watched him since he first came in this league and I think he’s grown every year… He’s making all the throws, spreading the ball around to different guys,” Texans Defensive Back Johnathan Joseph said.

Oakland Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is 7th in the NFL in receptions with 58. His teammate Michael Crabtree is not far behind with 49 catches. The Houston defense has been great against the pass allowing just 196 passing yards per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.

“Just being able to handle their weapons and getting some pressure on Carr… Making sure that he can’t deliver the ball on time, get him out of his rhythm,” Texans Linebacker Whitney Mercilus said.

Houston is one of just four teams in the NFL that have not allowed a 300 yard passer this year. Oakland Quarterback Derek Carr has 10 career games with 300 yards in the air. His most recent being this season in Week 8 at Tampa Bay where he threw for 513 yards.

“Got to make him make mistakes… Playing tight coverage,” Texans Defensive Back A.J. Bouye said.


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