Don’t worry about the Texans.
NFL fans and analysts have a bad habit of recency bias. Oh no! Houston just lost to a division rival and have sunk to 4-3, nearing .500.
While this is all technically true, Houston’s losses have come against some of the league’s best teams: The Chiefs, the Colts, and the Saints. Granted, the Texans can’t drop many winnable games if they want to take the division, but it’s hard to imagine this squad missing the playoffs.
Houston has been an offensive juggernaut this season, even in their losses. Despite a great defensive performance by Indy last week, Deshaun Watson still threw for 308 yards and the Texans had two 100-yard receivers. Two games prior, Watson chucked it for 425 yards and five touchdowns. Watson is averaging almost 300 yards through the air per game.
The Texans aren’t perfect. The running game is off and on with the backfield split between two decent runners in Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde. Houston’s defense has been inconsistent. Recently, the line has played well, getting pressure while the secondary has been awful, allowing QBs to make the most of their opportunities.
Luckily for the Texans, they will face a Raiders team that is inconsistent on both sides of the ball. While tight end Darren Waller (126 yards, 2 TD) and running back Josh Jacobs (134 yards) went crazy last week against Green Bay, the Raiders still lost and Derek Carr threw a pick.
In general, Carr struggles to get anyone but Waller or Jacobs going, and if they don’t have amazing games, the offensive attack stalls. Carr only averages 235 yards a game through the air with this limited offense.
On defense, the Raiders have been middle of the road. Last week’s effort resulted in no pressure on Aaron Rodgers from the defensive line and no resistance from the secondary. Yes, it was Aaron Rodgers, but Watson is nearly as dangerous when he is at his best. Though the line and linebackers have had their good games against weaker QBs, the secondary has struggled against even lower-tier signal-callers.
Oakland might put up a fight here, but this Texans team seems destined for better days, and Watson might just pick apart this Raiders secondary. Look for Houston to win comfortably.
|HOW TO WATCH RAIDERS VS. TEXANS WITHOUT CABLE
|HULU WITH LIVE TV
Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans
- When: Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4:25pm ET
- Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Raiders vs. Texans on streaming platforms that carry CBS. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Raiders vs. Texans live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings with ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream the Chiefs vs. Texans, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV.
There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love about NFL Sunday Ticket but online only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials to watch the Raiders vs. Texans.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Darren Waller, Tight End: Waller has been one of the best surprises of this fantasy season. If he is healthy, you start him every week.
DeAndre Hopkins & Kenny Stills, Wide Receivers: It feels easy to suggest you start Hopkins against a bad secondary, so we’ll go a step further. Go ahead and take Stills off of your bench as well. He went for over 100 yards last week, and as long as Will Fuller is sidelined, this team can carry two fantasy receivers against weak secondaries.
Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans: Why it matters
This is a very important game for both teams. The Raiders have their best chance of the season to gain ground on the Chiefs in the AFC West while Patrick Mahomes is on the sidelines. Houston needs a win here now that the Colts have snatched first place in the AFC South.
While the Raiders could make things interesting in the wild card race, you get this sense this is the kind of team that looks back on 2019 as a year of “ifs.” If Derek Carr was a little better. If the D was a little tougher. If the AFC was a little softer. Oakland feels like a classic 8-8 team.
Houston looks pretty special. Even if they don’t play to their potential, the Texans only have three tough games left on their schedule (Ravens, Colts, Patriots), and their last four games are Broncos, Titans, Bucs, Titans. This Texans team will be fine.
The Raiders are an okay team that beats bad teams and gets lucky sometimes. The Texans are a good team that loses to great teams and gets unlucky sometimes.
In this game, we predict balance will be restored to the world, and the Texans will claim a decisive victory.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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