Former MSU Spartan Connor Cook will make his first start in a playoff game as the Raiders travel to Houston this Saturday.   Cook was inactive for the first 15 games and made his NFL debut on Sunday after backup quarterback Matt McGloin suffered a left shoulder injury in a 24-6 loss at Denver.

The Bleacher Report says Cook will have his work cut out for him.

For the Raiders, turning to Cook is ultimately a disappointment but a necessity after Oakland lost franchise quarterback Derek Carr for the year with a broken leg. Carr was an MVP candidate given his excellent play in the 2016 season and had the Raiders positioned as legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

Cook had two turnovers against the Broncos but was 14 of 21 for 150 yards, including a 32-yard TD pass to Amari Cooper.

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He was quoted in an ESPN story as saying,

"I'm just embracing the opportunity.  Going to go out there and have fun, let it all hang out and, obviously, prepare my butt off, do what I've been doing all season long and just go out there and have fun with my teammates."

Cook said he's used to playing big games, as quarterback at Michigan State from 2012 through 2015.