Raiders bounce back, thrash the Texans 38-20

Source: David Becker/Associated Press

The Las Vegas Raiders hosted the Houston Texans on Sunday and beat them 38-20. This win improved the Raiders’ record to 2-4 and dropped the Texans 1-4-1 on the season.

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said he thought the team played a full 60 minute game.

“Good to win at home at again, excited to have an opportunity to go on the road and do the same,” McDaniels said.

During the first half, the Raiders offense was sleep. After a good looking first drive, they had to settle for a Daniel Carlson field goal to put them up 3-0 early. This field goal would be Carlson’s 39th in a row, the longest active streak in the NFL, and the fifth-longest of all time.

The Texans responded with 10 consecutive points and went up 10-7. The Raiders offense, which hadn’t shown much up to that point, had the ball towards the end of the second quarter.

QB Derek Carr led the team down the field and then connected with WR Mack Hollins on a 26-yard strike to tie the game before right before halftime.

Coming out of half, the Raiders defense forced the Texans to kick a field goal in the opening possession. And after a few punts, the Raiders offense finally got something going. After a methodical drive down the field, RB Josh Jacobs ran in from four yards out to regain the lead 17-13. The lead wouldn’t last long, as the Texans scored on their next possession to regain the lead 20-17.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the game was a close battle, but the Raiders took over and ran the Texans out of town with a 21-0 quarter.

Carr said if the team can execute how they did in the fourth quarter, it will be a good sign for the offense going forward.

“Because that is a really good defense… playing against them, they are so fast,” Carr said. “I was really proud of how we finished the game.”

Jacobs scored two touchdowns in a row to put this game away as the Raiders increased their lead to 31-20. But the cherry on top was when S Duron Harmon intercepted QB Davis Mills and returned it 73 yards to the house, putting the Raiders up 38-20. The Texans attempted to score, but the Raiders forced a turnover on downs to put this one away.

Key Contributors

  • RB Josh Jacobs – 155 total yards and three touchdowns
  • S Duron Harmon – six total tackles, one pass defended, and one defensive touchdown
  • WR Davante Adams – eight catches for 95 yards

The Raiders improve their record to 2-4 and stay afloat in the AFC playoff race. They visit the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 30.

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