Raiders will start Connor Cook at QB against Texans

Todd Marinovich is the only Raiders rookie quarterback to ever start a playoff game, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Cook threw for 150 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, after replacing McGloin just before halftime last week in Denver. And Osweiler, who will start this week, is by far the most reliable quarterback in this game. With Vick Oakland In my opinion can beat Houston and then go on to face New England.

Every Michigan State fan, coach and fellow player who watched Connor Cook over his three-year starting career in East Lansing knows that he is a proven victor.

And while the odds against Cook leading the Raiders to victory are obviously long, there's a silver lining here. Had Carr played, the Texans probably faced the Chiefs in the 1st round and probably cause more issues for them.

Connor Cook will be thrown into the fire against a good Texans defense. "Going to try to take whatever I did there and put it to use on Saturday", Cook said. "I felt pretty good out there, it was good to get some reps". Perhaps you've heard the tale before of a man called Tom Brady, a lightly-regarded sixth-round draft pick who quarterbacked his team to a Super Bowl after being forced into the lineup when veteran Drew Bledsoe got injured?

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Who would have guessed that the Texans would have a perceived advantage over anyone under center?

ESPN has spent this entire National Football League season in denial, acting like their problems don't really exist, and over-celebrating any manufactured ratings victory they can dream up.

Keep in mind: Lamar Miller could be a huge factor in this game.

The Texans signed Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract during the offseason, but he struggled this season, ending the regular season with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. It will happen. Someone from the Savage/McGloin/Cook clump will be victorious on Saturday and Moore might even be capable of helping the Dolphins get past the Steelers on Sunday for the second time this season.

In the build-up to the 2016 NFL Draft, the narrative around Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook paralleled a story line from the Kevin Costner film "Draft Day". Seeing as they're one of the NFL's rising teams, you better believe there will be several big-name free agents interested in joining the Silver and Black.

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