The fourth-round rookie will join Minnesota's Joe Webb (2012) and Denver's Gus Frerotte (2000) as the only quarterbacks this century to start their first game of the season in the playoffs, per NFL Research.
Cook completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards, a touchdown and an interception in just over two quarters of action at Denver in the regular-season finale. While the former Michigan State star showed a live arm and made a couple of "wow" throws in relief of McGloin, he also fumbled twice and nearly added a second interception.
Despite Cooper's optimism, the Texans' league-leading total defense is looking forward to harassing the inexperienced quarterback.
Oakland is relying upon a neophyte rookie while Houston is starting a quarterback benched by two different coaching staffs in two different late-season playoff pushes. This battle is shaping up as a defensive showcase, just as Clowney would have it.