RAIDERS BLASTED BY TEXANS

By Steve Corkran

Updated: 10/04/2009 02:29:08 PM PDT

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Linebacker Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans delivers a crushing blow to Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller

 

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, snapping an early tie and blowing open a 29-6 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

The Raiders were unable to make much happen against a Texans team that entered the game last in the league against the run and last in overall defense through three games.

Instead, the Raiders managed only 165 yards offense and two Sebastian Janikowski field goals in dropping their second straight game.

The Raiders are 1-3 and on the precipice of seeing their season slip away. They play the undefeated New York Giants next Sunday, then host the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles at the Oakland Coliseum, followed by a road game against the San Diego Chargers.

They offered no indication against the Texans that they are capable of winning any of those games, if any the rest of the season. Their lone victory is against a Kansas City Chiefs team that stands at 0-4.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell struggled for the fourth straight game. He completed only 12 of 33 passes for 128 yards and no touchdowns.

Running backs Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and Justin Fargas were even more ineffective. They combined for 31 yards on 19 carries against a Texans defense that allowed an average of 205 yards rushing its first three games.

The Texans placed the game out of reach early in the third quarter on back-to-back plays.

Linebacker Brian Cushing tackled Fargas in the end zone for a safety to make the score 22-6. Jacoby Jones returned Shane Lechler’s free kick on the ensuing play 95 yards for a touchdown.

An interception in the end zone by cornerback Chris Johnson and four Raiders sacks prevented the game from being even more lopsided.

Little else went right for the Raiders. They committed eight penalties in the first half alone, Bush fumbled, and Raiders defenders allowed several huge pass plays as a result of blown coverages.

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~ by Sactown Raider Boosters on October 4, 2009.

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