Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans: Recap and Highlights

The Oakland Raiders faced the Houston Texans on Oct 27, 2019 in Week 8 of the 2019 NFL Season, here are the highlights.

The Oakland Raiders traveled to Houston on Sunday, Oct. 27 to face the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Week 9. The Texans led the all-time series between the two teams, 6-4, even though the Raiders had won three out of the last four meetings. Oakland came into this 3-3 on the year while Houston entered at 4-3. Both teams were eager for a win this week after reeling from losses the previous week. Houston was heavily favored to win this game, and they followed through, giving the Raiders their second loss in as many weeks.

Oakland received the ball first to start the game and didn’t put any points on the board in their opening drive, which was only four plays, and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr didn’t connect on either of his passes in this possession.

Houston was unable to produce any points in their opening drive as well, in part because Deshaun Watson was sacked by Johnathan Hankins halfway throught the possession. They were forced to punt on the final play which was a fourth down with four yards to go.  Both teams went three and out in their following possessions.

The first points of the game from Oakland when Carr connected with Hunter Renfrow for a 65-yard touchdown. Oakland would put the first points on the board, making it 7-0 with just under four minutes on the clock.

Houston answered the Oakland touchdown on their next drive with help from Oakland penalties for facemask and defensive offsides. However, Watson threw a pass to Duke Johnson to tie the game at 7-7 with less than two minutes left on the clock.

The Raiders went three and out on the following possession, while the Texans’ possession that followed finished out the first quarter and started the second quarter. They ended the possession following a three-and-out.

Oakland put up their second touchdown of the game when Carr threw a pass to Darren Waller for an eight-yard touchdown. Houston would soon add three points to their score after Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 33-yard field goal to close out the drive, cutting their lead to 14-10 with just over one minute to play. The score would remain unchanged in the two drives that closed out the second quarter.

Defensive end J.J. Watt was injured late in the first half. Unfortunately, he suffered a pectoral muscle injury, keeping him out for the rest of the game. It was later revelaed Watt would be out for the rest of the season following surgery to repair the tear.

Houston started the second half of the game with possession of the ball, and after Watson was sacked by Arden Key, the kicking team came out and Fairbairn kicked another field goal, this time for 35 yards, to make it a one-point game with 10 minutes left to play in the third quarter.

Oakland answered in their next drive on a 46-yard touchdown pass between Carr and Williams, extending their lead to 21-13 with 7:53 on the clock. The Texans answered with a touchdown of their own, finishing out the 15-play drive as Watson hit Fells for a four-yard pass, and again the Texans were within one point of tying the game, making it 21-20 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Oakland took the opportunity to put points on the board in their first drive of the final quarter when Daniel Carlson kicked a 44-yard field goal to make it 24-20 with 10:48 on the clock.

On the next Houston drive, the Texans yielded another touchdown when Watson threw a complete pass to Fells, taking the 27-24 lead with just over six minutes left to play. Oakland was unable to answer the Houston touchdown in their next drive, so Watson kneeled on the last three plays to run out the clock and the Houstons added another win.

The Texans face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday while Oakland will face the Detroit Lions.


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