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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Raiders 27, Texans 16

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It means little in the grand scheme. But the Oakland Raiders ended their 2008 home schedule with a smile.

And those have been rare in Oakland the past six years. The Raiders handled a Houston team that entered the game with a four-game winning streak.

The Raiders controlled the game. They are now 4-11 heading into their season finale at Tampa Bay.

Encouraging for next season was the play of young receivers Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens. Higgins had a touchdown catch and a punt return for a score and Schilens had a touchdown catch. The game was one of quarterback JaMarcus Russell's best of the season.

Again, there hasn't much to cheer about in Oakland this season so Raiders fans should savor it.