Sunday, October 9, 2011
Wrap-up: Raiders 25, Texans 20
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Houston Texans' 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium:
What it means: We gave the Texans leeway when they failed to put away the Saints and lost late in New Orleans. They don’t get that benefit out of this home game, in which they did more than enough to beat Oakland and could have finished the day alone atop the AFC South. Instead they fell to 3-2 and gave life to all the same old questions about their ability to finish someone off when they have the chance. Matt Schaub threw a horrific interception to Michael Huff in the end zone on the last play of the game when he could have thrown the ball away and had one more play.
What I didn’t like: It’s hard for me to get beyond that pick. Did I make it clear just how bad it was? Schaub was flushed to his left, and Jacoby Jones tried to shift direction to move with him instead of against him. But Schaub tried to sneak it to him going right, and Huff was right there. Awful. If Schaub hadn't decided to throw it away, he would have had a better chance to run it in.
What I liked: They talked all week about needing to spread the ball around and find alternatives with Andre Johnson out. And they got 100-yard receiving days from running back Arian Foster and tight end Joel Dreessen and touchdown catches from receiver Kevin Walter and Dreessen.
Huge injury concern: Mario Williams suffered a pectoral injury as he sacked Jason Campbell and didn’t return to action. If he’s lost for games or, in the worst scenario, for the season, the Texans would be in huge trouble. Brooks Reed can do well, but Williams is a singular pass-rushing force.
Struggled: The Texans' inability to run was a big issue. They turned 25 carries into only 70 yards, which put the game on Schaub. He threw for 416 yards and two touchdowns but also had two picks, one of which you may have heard about.
What’s next: The Texans head to Baltimore to face the Ravens. They’ll likely be without their best player on offense, Johnson, and their best player on defense, Williams.