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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offense 1st quarter:
Run 1 for 1
Twin-TE: Run 2 for 2
Singleback: Run 4 for 4
Singleback Trips-R: Pass 1 for 1
S-Shotgun: Pass 1 for 1
W-shotgun Twins-L: Pass 2 for 2
S-shotgun Twins-L: Pass 1 for 1
S-shotgun Twins-R: Pass 2 for 2
I-Form: Run 2 for 2
S-Shotgun: Run 1 for 1
Offense 1st quarter Vs Card:
run 1 for 1
I: Run 1 for 1
Singleback: Pass 2 for 2 (sack)
Weak shotgun: 6 for 7 pass
W-shotgun Pass 2 for 2
S-shotgun Pass 3 for 5 (sack)
Singleback: Run 1 for 1
Singleback- Twin-WRs on one side and Twin-TEs on the other. With a
single RB behind the QB who is under center.
or 4-W- three Wides or four wides, which can include a TE, H-B, or FB
standing up outside the tackles like WR.
RB lined up behind QB.
RB lined up next to QB on Strong side (right of QB).
RB lined up next to QB on Weak side (left of QB).
Singleback- two TE, and two WR with QB under center.
Means he drops to throw. If he scrambles or is Sacked the intent is still
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