Sunday, October 9, 2011
Wrap-up: Raiders 25, Texans 20
By Bill Williamson
A look at the most emotional game of the NFL season, and it’s not even close:
What it means: Could you think of a more emotional and a bigger regular-season game in the history of the Oakland Raiders? Sunday’s game has become the story of the NFL season. Oakland's win in the final seconds is breathtaking and fitting just a day after the death of legendary owner Al Davis.
Tomorrow’s talker: What was Matt Schaub thinking? He had a chance to walk into the end zone on the final play of the game from inside Oakland’s 5-yard line. Instead, he tossed the ball into the end zone, where Oakland safety Michael Huff picked it off to cement the incredible win.
Trending: Oakland’s defense gave up too many big plays and it was often out of position. But in the end, it kept Houston off the scoreboard and made the big play when it counted.
What’s next: The Raiders’ schedule softens considerably. The 3-2 Raiders are in great shape. They have back-to-back home games against the Cleveland Browns (which should be an emotional scene in the Raiders’ first home game since Davis’ death) and then the Kansas City Chiefs before having their bye. The Raiders then have another home game against the Denver Broncos. Frankly, it will be a major disappointment if the Raiders don’t run the table in these next three games. This is a great opportunity for Oakland.