The Oakland Raiders will fly into Houston this weekend to take on the Texans in their first playoff game since 2002 and they will have an unexpected face under center.
With star quarterback Derek Carr out with a broken fibula and backup Matt McGloin suffering a shoulder injury in last week's game, the Raiders will start rookie and fourth-round pick Connor Cook, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The Raiders moved up in April's draft to select the former Michigan State star and had hoped he wouldn't see the field this year, but now he finds himself in a position where he's starting the franchise's first playoff game since 2002. Cook had been inactive in every game leading into last Sunday.
Cook made his NFL debut last week, going 14-of-21 for 150 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Now it looks like he will make his first NFL start, becoming the first player to ever start his first NFL game in a playoff game.
He'll have tough task ahead of him as the Raiders face a Texans defense that is allowing just 201 yards through the air per game, the second best in the NFL.null