Questionable Officiating lifts Raiders to Victory over Texans

By kaplanssportstory
Nov. 22, 2016

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How many times have we seen questionable officiating in a Monday Night Football Game, let alone any game. The Houston Texans should be upset for a couple of reasons. The first reason is in the first-quarter, DeAndre Hopkins caught the ball and was running down the sideline, but the refs whistled him out of bounds.

He didn't step out of bounds first of all and Hopkins would have scored a touchdown, instead of settling for a field goal. The second reason is when the game was tied at 20 in the fourth-quarter, the Texans had third-and-2. deep in Oakland's territory. It looked like he picked up the first down but didn't.

On fourth-and-1 they went for it, and the ball definitely crossed over the first down marker. They called him short and I don't know what the refs were looking at. If they did pick up the first down during the drive, they would have possibly scored a field goal or touchdown.

Since it didn't happen, that spark led to a 35-yard touchdown to Amari Cooper from Derek Carr with 4:51 remaining in the game. Raiders would win 27 to 20.

Cooper had 4 catches for 57 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. Carr threw for 295 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.

In the second quarter, Jalen Richard caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr. With the Texans down 10 to 3 in the period, Brock Osweiler threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Braxton Miller.

In the third quarter, Lamar Miller scored on a 1-yard rush. He finished with 104 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.

With the Raiders trailing 20 to 13 in the fourth-quarter, Carr threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Jamize Olawale.  Oakland will host the Carolina Panthers (4-6) on Sunday.