Most of the former Red Raiders that are currently in the NFL are currently home for the off-season as the NFL Playoffs started this weekend with the Wild Card round and four games this weekend, two of which had former Red Raiders on the active rosters.
While neither of them (Keke Coutee and Branden Jackson) made an impact, they were certainly suited up for the contest. Instead of focusing on what they did this weekend, I am going to take a look forward at what is coming up next week for our Red Raiders in the NFL and predict how each of them could do against their next match-up as there will be a few Red Raiders playing next week including the reigning MVP in Patrick Mahomes.
Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs
Former Red Raiders Playing:
Patrick Mahomes: Kansas City Starting Quarterback
Keke Coutee: Houston Texans Backup Wide Reciever
There was actually some controversy on Twitter this weekend about Keke Coutee not getting any playing time in the Texans’ overtime win against the Buffalo Bills. Some thought that Coutee should get more playing time than Deandre Carter who only caught one pass for 5 yards and was also targeted an additional time.
Coutee can still make an impact on this game if he gets playing time but it does not seem that he will at this moment. In week 17, he only had one catch for seven yards and played 60% of the offensive snaps in his return from injury. Although it does not look like Coutee will make an impact, remember what he did last year in the playoffs.
For those of us (including me) who forgot, Coutee had a very solid game in the Texans’ playoff loss to the Colts last season as caught 11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. He can definitely make plays in the playoffs and will look to again next week.
Coutee’s opponents will have to rely on their offense to win the game. That offense is led by a familiar face to Red Raider fans in former Red Raider and reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. The last time these two teams met up, the Texans squeaked away with a 7 point victory.
Mahomes will definitely have to play up to his ability as the game will definitely go the Texans’ way if the Chief’s offense does not play up to par. His last game out against the Texans he put up 273 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. Mahomes will have to use all of his weapons to win the game and the Texans’ defense will be at mostly full strength with defensive lineman J.J. Watt back to playing.
Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers
Former Red Raiders Playing:
Branden Jackson: Seattle Seahawks Backup Defensive Lineman
Jackson has suited up for every game this season except for one. He has not however, gotten consistent playing time in any of these games. He has only played over 50% of the defensive snaps 4 times this season and has accumulated 20 tackles and 2 sacks on the season.
Jackson might have a small impact in this game but he will not be a huge factor against an offense that has been very balanced this season in the Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay offense. The Seahawks are 4-2 when Jackson plays at least 45% of the defensive snaps so it might be advantageous for Pete Carroll to play Jackson more as the playoffs go on.