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December 19, 2008
Asomugha vs. Johnson

ALAMEDA - The last time Andre Johnson faced the Raiders' secondary, he had one catch for nine yards.

That was back when the Raiders could boast about having the best pass defense in the NFL.

But the Houston Texans' Pro Bowl receiver came out on the winning end of that game, 23-14 on Dec. 3, 2006, even though the team finished with minus-five passing yards.

Johnson missed last year's game because of injury.

This time he'll face Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha knowing they'll be teammates in the Pro Bowl. Johnson expects to see a lot of Asomugha.

"He'll probably follow me across the field," Johnson told Houston reporters this week. "But he's a great player. He's finally gotten into the Pro Bowl. He's a guy I voted for. I thought he really deserved it and it's going to be a big challenge for me."

Since the 2006 game, Johnson hasn't been held to one catch since. That's 27 straight games with at least two catches.

Johnson leads the NFL with 103 receptions, 1,408 yards and 69 catches for first downs.

Those are the kind of numbers that would make the Raiders shadow Johnson with Asomugha rather than leave Asomugha on the right side of the defense.

"They've moved him around on us before, so he's very capable of doing that," said Houston coach Gary Kubiak. "I've seen him move around on film against great receivers in this league. They can do whatever they want to do with him. He's that good."

*LB Ricky Brown (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday and will miss his eighth game.

WRs Ronald Curry (turf toe) and Ashley Lelie (calf strain) are doubtful. Neither has practiced this week.

FB Luke Lawton (concussion) is questionable and still needs to pass some more tests to be cleared. He was limited in today's practice.

TE Zach Miller (shoulder) and DT Tommy Kelly (knee) practiced today and are probable.

*The most interesting thing today was Robert Felton, an offensive lineman on the practice squad, diving through a puddle on the field to entertain some veteran linemen.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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