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Raiders Officially Name Connor Cook The Starter For Playoff Game vs. Texans

Raiders' Connor Cook in his uniform for the first time.


The Oakland Raiders will be starting their third-string quarterback for their playoff game against the Houston Texans on Saturday.

The Oakland Raiders, who reached the playoffs this season for the first time since 2002, will be a bit shorthanded when they head to Houston on Saturday. Wednesday, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio officially announced that Connor Cook will be starting against the Texans.

Cook's lone action of the 2016 season came in the team's season finale against Denver. Cook, playing for an injured Matt McGloin, finished 14-of-21 for 150 yards with a touchdown, an interception and two fumbles. McGloin, of course, was playing in place of the team's starter, Derek Carr, who broke his leg the week prior.

According ESPN, Cook is the first quarterback to make his first start in a postseason game during the Super Bowl era.

Houston will start Brock Osweiler for the contest.

Needless to say, the Raiders, once thought to be one of the favorites in the AFC with a healthy Carr, will need to put together a complete performance to escape with a road victory. This will be Cook's first NFL start and his first start in general since his Michigan State days.