Dec. 01, 2016
Texans fall to Raiders
By: Jordan Smith
The Houston Texans started the game with a 32 yard field goal from Kicker Nick Novak after a reception for a touchdown by WR DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds before he got to the end zone. The Texans took the lead with just 8:34 left to go in the first quarter, using a total of 6:26 on the opening drive. The Texans wouldn't score for the rest of the quarter and the first quarter would end with the Texans up 3-0.
In the second quarter, the Texans didn't seem to have an answer for the Raiders to start the quarter as they let Oakland score a touchdown and made a field goal to take the lead 10-3 at the 12:48 mark of the second quarter. After that however, the Texans really showed a sense of urgency. It definitely showed when Texans RB Lamar Miller ran what was supposed to be a 34 yard touchdown. But, once again, the referee's overturned their original call of the play and put the ball at the one yard line. Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler ended up throwing a 12 yard touchdown to WR Braxton Miller to tie the game with a score of 10-10.
Hopkins in the first half of play has three receptions for 41 yards, with his longest reception of the game so far being 24 yards. Meanwhile, Osweiler caught a pass that was deflected by the defense for negative six yards.
Lamar Miller has 12 rushes in the first half for 63 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and having a 33 yard rush his biggest of the game so far. Osweiler is 11 for 18 with 108 yards and one touchdown and one interception in the game for a quarterback rating of 73.4. Braxton Miller has one rush in the game for one yard. He also has two catches for 13 yards and one touchdown, with his longest reception being 12 yards.
Halftime came and the score would be still 10-10. The Texans kicked off to start the second half. Right out of gates, Texans CB AJ Bouye intercepted the ball from Raiders QB Derek Carr in the first play of the second half. Lamar Miller at the 8:32 mark in the third quarter ran it in for a one yard touchdown to take the lead 17-10. Then, the Raiders scored a 20 yard field goal from Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski to make the score 17-13 with the Texans still on top. The third quarter would end and the score would remain at 17-13 with the Houston Texans on top.
The fourth quarter was one where the Texans were able to really get their offensive game going well. In their first drive, they were able to take alot of time off of the clock and get a 28 yard field goal from Novak with 10:57 left in the game. Not too much later, in fact at the 10:44 mark in the fourth quarter, Carr threw a 75 yard touchdown to FB Jamize Olawale to tie up the game at a 20-20 score. From then on, it was alot of back and forth grudge match between the two. However, with 4:43 left in the game, Carr threw his third touchdown of the game with a 35 yard pass to Raiders WR Amari Cooper to take the lead 27-20.
The late touchdown that was scored by the Raiders due to the lack of the talent in the Houston Texans secondary would end up being the fate of the Houston Texans once again in another primetime game, losing to the Raiders by a final of 27-20.