Michael Crabtree is Raiders’ third-string quarterback for wild card game

Nov 8, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) reacts after scoring on a thirty-eight yard touchdown pass against Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are in a nightmare scenario at the quarterback position heading into Saturday’s wild card game against the Houston Texans. With rookie Connor Cook starting and a banged-up Matt McGloin as his backup, the man who’s be called into duty should both of them fall is none other than receiver Michael Crabtree.

It’s truly been a rough past couple of games for Oakland, which was well on its way to the No. 2 seed in the AFC in Week 16 until Derek Carr had his leg broken against the Indianapolis Colts. Then in Week 17 backup Matt McGloin exited with a shoulder injury, which is also keeping him from starting Saturday against Houston.

Oakland went from a team seemingly destined to take on the New England Patriots for the AFC crown to a team that will be lucky to escape the wild card round with a win.

We hope, for the sake of Raiders Nation, that it doesn’t come down to Crabtree behind center. The Raiders have been a joy to watch in 2016, regardless of fan allegiance. It would be a shame if their season ended with even more groaning and gnashing of teeth.