The Raiders jumped out the gates in this game to a 14-0 lead thanks in large part to a couple of big defensive plays. Those two plays put the Raiders inside the Texans' 20-yard line where Matt McGloin capped it off with two touchdown passes. That lead would not last, however, and the Raiders are now down 17-14 at halftime.
The first turnover came on the third play of the game in which Charles Woodson ripped the ball out of the hands of Texans' tight end and Phillip Adams picked it up and returned it to the 16-yard line. Three plays later, McGloin hit Denarius Moore on a tight slant for the five-yard touchdown.
The next time the Raiders had the ball came off an interception by Nick Roach to give the Raiders the ball again at the Texans' 16-yard line. Then in one play, McGloin hit Rod Streater for the touchdown.
Since then the Raiders' receivers have had three key drops along with several critical penalties to allow the Texans to score three times.
The second Texans touchdown came on a long punt return by Keyshawn Martin to tie it up. On the play, the refs blew a call in which Taiwan Jones was being held to allow the return man to get going. Jones was in position and Martin would have been stopped for no gain without the holding.
The final Texans' score came when the Raiders let the them march down the field in the waning seconds and kick a field goal from 51 yards out. And what was once a Raiders' 14-0 lead was now a 17-14 deficit after 17 unanswered points.
The third quarter was upcoming, where the Raiders have been the worst in the NFL this season and indeed for a few seasons now. That changed today as they came raging back to score 14 unanswered points of their own in the third to take a 28-17 lead.
Matt McGloin threw his third touchdown pass to get it started on a perfect strike over the shoulder of Mychal Rivera. Rashad Jennings got the second touchdown all on his own when in one play, he lined up for the direct snap in the wild cat, ran over a prospective tackler and ran 80 yards to paydirt.
The Texans would make a game of it, scoring on two field goals late. They then drove to the Raiders goal line and the Raider defense stiffened to hold them out. Their chances ended when Usama Young batted down a Matt Schaub pass in the endzone.
It ended very much like the last game the Raiders played in Houston. That one was the emotional victory just after Al Davis died in which Michael Huff intercepted the ball in the endzone to seal the win.
This is the first win on the road this season for the Raiders. They improve to 4-6 while the Texans lose their eighth straight game to fall to 2-8.
McGloin finished with 18 completions on 32 passes (56%) for 197 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions giving him a passer rating of 105.9. Also despite a few people saying McGloin would be "killed" behind this offensive line, he was sacked just twice - both by reigning Defensive Player of the Year, JJ Watt. This despite several injuries resulting in playing every single active lineman on the roster at one point or another.
Rashad Jennings had his fourth game over 100 yards from scrimmage (150 yards rushing) and his second game over 100 yards rushing.
|Oakland Raiders (4-6-0)|
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