2016 Season Blog.

Houston Vs Raiders.

Scouting Houston.


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Erratic Osweiler.


Let’s take a look at what Houston is doing now. "We're definitely deep into the Houston preparations," BB said. "They're a really impressive team, a big win last week against Oakland. They're playing very well here at this point in time, outstanding on defense, a lot of explosive players on offense, kicking game, well-coached. Obviously, a very good fundamental team. They don't beat themselves, don't get penalized, don't turn the ball over. Just a really sound football team. This will be a big challenge for us this week to be able to compete with them. That's a big win that they had in the wild card game. I'm sure they're coming in here with a lot of confidence, as they should." They have come a long way during the long season.

But they do have one advantage in this game. "I think that it's going to be a real challenge because they have some familiarity with the area," Solder said. "They have some familiarity with the way we do things, everything that we do. I think they have great coaches and I think they have a really good defense, so it's going to be tough for us." This is going to be a grudge match.

The team that is the toughest will win. "Yeah, again, I think that they're playing really well in all three phases," Solder said. "I think that their running game is very strong, so we have a challenge. It starts today preparing for that challenge." So away we go:

Houston received to start the game. They lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. Which they liked to pass out of in the Preseason. They ran a Dive to start the game. But this is a formation that they will pass out of if Osweiler gets hot. Patriot killer Lamar Miller ran for three.

2nd and 7, they lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. They were 6 for 7 passing in this formation against the Cards. Osweiler ran a little play action inside. He squirreled his head around looking for a nut, and can't find one. Then he whipped the ball wildly at Miller, who was too well covered to catch it.

3rd and 7, 4-Wide Weak Shotgun with Trips Right. They were 2 for 2 passing to start the Cards game from this formation. Osweiler had time, and hit the TE crossing. He turned up field for the First.

1st and 10, 3-Wide Singleback. Which they ran on in their first 1st down. He gave it to Miller who ran off tackle. Miller followed his blockers for a few yards, and crashed into a DB on the edge for a few more.

2nd and 3, 2-Wide Strong Shotgun. They passed, as Miller swung out of the backfield to the right. Osweiler has had great protection. If you give him time he can make the right decision. The TE Griffin lined up outside the OLT, and crossed the field to get open on the right. Osweiler hit him for the 1st.

1st and 10, Singleback. He checked into the 2-Wide Strong shotgun. They ran a Draw. Miller cutback to the right as a blitzer blew up the middle.

2nd and 9, 2-Wide Weak shotgun. I don't think I should have to say this, but not everyone has watch as much football as us old farts. So when they go 2-Wide that means two TEs are lined up in line, and 3-Wide obviously has a TE on the line or a FB. They passed, and the RB stayed in to block. Osweiler looked like a Squirrel again with his head bopping back and forth, and threw a wretched pass at the TE that only the LB had a shot at catching.

3rd and 9, 3-Wide Strong Shotgun Twins left. Miller stayed in to block again. Osweiler was trying to pass. He panicked and took off. They punted.

1st and 10, the Raiders came out in a Bunched up Singleback. Houston matched up with an aggressive 4-3, with five guys on the line. Raiders ran, and four guys were there to meet the RB at the line. "They're doing some scheme stuff differently but they're playing great ball," Solder said. "They're making it hard on you. They're not giving up a lot of easy completions or anything like that. You've got to earn everything that you get." That was great defense.

2nd and 9, Oakland Empty. Houston matched up in a 3-3 Nickel. They sent four. The two ILB dropped, and the OLB blitzed. Jadeveon Clowney, who looked like had the best game of his career, stuck his big mitt in the passing lane and knocked the ball down.

3rd and 9, 3-Wide Weak shotgun, they matched up in a 2-4 Nickel, with linebackers all over the place. Raiders tried to run a WR screen, with two LBs in front of it, and were swarmed over like they just kicked a beehive to force the punt.

1st and 10, Houston at the 40 in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun Twins left. The slot WR Hopkins, just stopped after two yards. Osweiler stared at him for a second or two and then fired late. The DB hit him as he caught it. 2nd and 7, 3-Wide Singleback. 2 for 2 run, and they ran to the left this time. But they don't block the edge well at all.

3rd and 8, 3-Wide Strong Shotgun Twins-R. Osweiler threw quickly to the TE Griffin. He has been excellent so far. The biggest difference in Osweiler's game has been his ability to go to the TEs fast to avoid the blitz. But Griffin is tackled short, and they are forced to kick the field goal. Houston-3.

The Raider lined up in a Singleback. Houston matched up in a 3-4 with five guys on the line. The D-line held. The RB had to redirect and was lucky to get one.

2nd and 9, Raiders lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. Houston matched up in an aggressive 3-3 Nickel with five guys on the line, and McKinney sneaking up. "He's a very good football player. We did a lot of work on him coming out of Mississippi State," BB said about McKinney. "He's the kind of player that played outside and inside linebacker. Also played a little bit at defensive end. Is an excellent blitzer. Runs very well, is long. He's six [feet] four. So he gets to a lot of plays with his length, particularly in pass coverage, a hard guy to throw over or around, a very good tackler, good range, good speed, good instincts, good wrap-up tackler.

"The guy is a real good football player that does a lot for their defense, plays a lot of positions and is, again, does so many things well. It's very unusual to find a player with his skills that can do so many things in the running game, in the passing game, on the line, off the line. He's an excellent player, one of the best players we've played against all year. He played well against us. With Cushing inside as well, those two guys are as good as any combination of inside [LBs]. I mean, individually they're as good as we've played against. But they're as good as any combination of inside linebackers that we see or that we've seen in a while. They do everything well." Raiders ran off tackle and Mercilus took him down.

3rd and 12, and this defense looked great. They crowded the line in a 3-3 Nickel with all six guys on or a yard off the line. They sent five. Raiders set up a misdirection screen with Cook running to the right, and then throwing back to the left.

Clowney leaped up and tipped the ball to himself at the 10-yard line. "Clowney's having a good year. In the 3-4 defense they've moved him inside to end, and of course in their sub-defense he moves out kind of as a 4-3 end. And they seem to be headed that way a little bit more, so they play a 3-4 and a 4-3," BB said. "But he's been very productive: long, very athletic, good pass rusher, good run player, good tackler, strip sacks. So he's got really good awareness. The interception he made on the screen last week against Oakland was not only a very athletic play, but a very instinctive play for him to recognize that and get out there. Of course, as I said, with his length he's a tough guy to throw around." After a penalty Houston got the ball at the Four.

1st and goal from the 4, Houston lined up in a Twin-TE-Left Singleback. They ran a Sweep and Miller scored easily, as they faked a reverse to the other side and Oakland fell for it.

1st and 10, Raiders lined up in a 2-Wide Strong shotgun. Houston matched up in a 3-4 with four guys on the line. Raiders ran play action and completed the pass for a first. Crabtree beat Joseph.

1st and 10, Raiders lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. Houston matched up in a 3-4. They sent four, and the Weakside OLB blitzed. Carr was sacked by the big rookie NT DJ Reader.

2nd and 16, Raiders lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. Houston matched up in a 2-4 Nickel. Cook threw a wildly uncatchable ball into the dirt after the big hit.

3rd and 16, Raiders in a winged 3-Wide shotgun. Houston matched up with six guys on the line. One finally put a hand down. Cushing dropped out before the snap, and Mercilus dropped out after the snap. Cook riffled a grounder to Crabtree, who tried to dig it out of the turf, but couldn't to force the punt.

1st and 10 Houston, in a Twin-WR-R, I-Formation. The TE lined up on the left side and they ran to that side. But Miller cut back up the middle for very little. 2nd and 8, same formation. They ran a Dive this time. Miller got stuck behind his blockers for very little again. 3rd and 6, 3-Wide Twins-R Weak shotgun. Osweiler threw badly at Fiedorowicz. They were forced to punt again. They let the Raider returner run past midfield to the Forty.

1st and 10, the Raiders lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. Houston matched up in a 2-4 Nickel. Raiders ran. Murray broke through the line, cut outside, and got a First.

1st and 10 at the 20, Raiders lined up in a 2-Wide Weak shotgun. Houston in a 4-2 Nickel, showing some disrespect for the Raiders' run game. They ran Murray on a Dive, and he spun for Six.

2nd and 4, Raiders lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Houston was forced to back off a little, but stayed in their 2-4 Nickel. Clowney put a hand down, and suddenly there were five guys on the line in a 3-3 Nickel. They sent all five. Cook dumped it off to the TE.

1st and Goal from the 7, Raiders in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. Houston matched up in a 3-3 Nickel with five guys on the line. They sent five, but the safety in the box and the ILB read the run fast and went forward after a split second. But Murray somehow snuck down to the One.

2nd and Goal from the Two, Raiders in a tight I-formation. Houston matched up in a Goal line. They ran off tackle to the right and Murray scored untouched. Houston-10. Raiders-7.

1st and 10, Houston lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback, with both TEs off the line, and one standing up in the slot. They looked like the were going to run, but Osweiler fumbled the ball. Which is technically a run as well.

2nd and 12, Singleback with Twin TEs on the right. They run for nothing. 3rd and 12, Houston motioned into a 3-Wide Strong shotgun Twins-Right. They ran a quick Bubble screen to the WR who went in motion, and Mack blew it up to force the punt and end the Quarter.

Houston Offense 1st quarter:

Singleback: Run 1 for 1

Singleback Twin-TE: Run 2 for 2

3-W Singleback: Run 4 for 4

3-W Singleback Trips-R: Pass 1 for 1

2-W S-Shotgun: Pass 1 for 1

3-Wide W-shotgun Twins-L: Pass 2 for 2

3-Wide S-shotgun Twins-L: Pass 1 for 1

3-Wide S-shotgun Twins-R: Pass 2 for 2

Twin-WR-R I-Form: Run 2 for 2

Checked into:

2-W S-Shotgun: Run 1 for 1

Houston Offense 1st quarter Vs Card:

I-formation: run 1 for 1

3-W I: Run 1 for 1

3-W Singleback: Pass 2 for 2 (sack)

3-Wide Weak shotgun: 6 for 7 pass

4-Wide W-shotgun Pass 2 for 2

4-Wide S-shotgun Pass 3 for 5 (sack)

Twin-Twins Singleback: Run 1 for 1

J-S- Jet Sweep

Twins-Twins Singleback- Twin-WRs on one side and Twin-TEs on the other. With a single RB behind the QB who is under center.

3-W or 4-W- three Wides or four wides, which can include a TE, H-B, or FB standing up outside the tackles like WR.

I-Shotgun- RB lined up behind QB.

S-Shotgun- RB lined up next to QB on Strong side (right of QB).

W-Shotgun- RB lined up next to QB on Weak side (left of QB).

SB- Singleback- two TE, and two WR with QB under center.

Pass- Means he drops to throw. If he scrambles or is Sacked the intent is still to pass.

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