After missing only one game while recovering from a mini-stroke, Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back at it.
While that’s certainly good news for the Texans, this struggling team still has plenty of problems to deal with. Houston will try to break a franchise-record seven-game skid when it hosts the Raiders today.
The Raiders have lost two straight and are last in the AFC West.
“Our attitude is very positive,” Kubiak said. “It’s time to be strong — very strong. ”
The Texans were a preseason favorite to reach the Super Bowl, but they’ve dealt with mounting problems as the losses piled up. Quarterback Matt Schaub had a terrible start to the season and was benched after an injury in favor of undrafted second-year player Case Keenum.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen has been impressed with Keenum and raved about his ability to get the ball to Andre Johnson. Johnson didn’t have a touchdown reception in Houston’s first seven games, but has grabbed five in the last two.
On the other side, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has had a tough stretch. Since the start of Week 6 he has completed just 61 of 120 passes for 714 yards with one touchdown and eight interceptions, leaving him last in the NFL in that span in completion percentage (50.8) and passer rating (44.2), and tied for the most interceptions.
He has thrown 112 straight passes since his last touchdown.