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Sunday, October 3, 2010
Wrap-up: Texans 31, Raiders 24

By Bill Williamson

A few observations on Oakland's 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans:

What it means: If the Raiders were going to pull off the upset against the Texans, you would have thought Sunday was the day. Houston receiver Andre Johnson didn’t play and top running back Arian Foster was on the bench to start the game. Yet, the Texans ran out to a big lead anyway and held on for the win. Oakland is now 1-3 and alone in last place in the AFC West.

Tomorrow’s talker: Bruce Gradkowski makes his share of mistakes, but he’s a gamer. He tried his best to bring Oakland back but didn’t get the help he needed. Tight end Zach Miller had 11 catches for 122 yards and a score. This combination could be dangerous.

Trending: The run defense had trouble. This has long been an issue in Oakland. Foster ripped the Raiders for a 74-yard touchdown run and had 131 yards rushing on 16 carries. Yes, John Henderson was out, but the Raiders have to do better in this area.

What’s next: Oakland will try to keep its season afloat at home against San Diego, which has beaten Oakland 13 straight times. If the Raiders lose their second straight home game to fall to 1-4, expect to coach Tom Cable to be on the hot seat.