Raiders vs Texans Not a Good Look For New Regime

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Sep 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) scores a touchdown after catching a pass in front of Oakland Raiders defensive back Chimdi Chekwa (35) in the third quarter at Coliseum. The Texans defeated the Raiders 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

More Bad Personnel Decision

Corners Tarrell Brown and Carlos Rogers have shown why the San Francisco 49ers didn’t want them anymore so far. This preseason, they were constantly beaten while they weren’t even close to their man in coverage on third down. That has spilled over into the regular season as the Texans were 9-15 on third down with a large portion of that coming through the two corners.

Meanwhile, Chimdi Chekwa, who was cut by the new regime in 2012, is the best corner on the team and showed it yesterday. Sure, he was uneven after a month out as he gave up a touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins and prevented one for Andre Johnson. But was right there and challenged both of these huge receivers at the line of scrimmage and had two passes defensed.

One was wiped out by a bogus penalty so he has only one to his credit officially as neither Brown nor Rogers have one this season. The Raiders paid big money to two corners that give up catches every time a decent ball is thrown to the receiver they are covering. That’s why the Raiders can’t get off the field on third down and not a good look for the new regime.