With Pryor inactive for the game, Penn State walk on and undrafted free agent Matt McGloin got the start for the Raiders. This game started fast. Philip Adams recovered a fumble that was stripped by Woodson. The Raiders had the ball on the 16 yard line and Denarius Moore scored a TD. After a couple of possession changes, Nick Roach got a pick and the ball was again on the 16 yard line. McGloin's first pass was a touchdown to Streater and it was 14-0 Raiders.
The teams exchanged punts after a sack by Lamarr Houston and a 3 and out by the Raiders. Then the Texans scored a 42 yard TD after a scramble by Keenum on 3rd and 1. 14-7 Raiders.
A punt fest ensued with King making some really nicely placed punts. Then the Texans had a 85 yard punt return for a TD and the game was tied up right before the half. Raiders couldn't move the ball and King booted a 63 yard punt - he averaged 51 yards on 6 punts in the first half. The defense held the Texans to a field goal and the half ended 17-14.
Like most Raider fans, this is when panic sets in. The lead is not enough to feel comfortable and the Raiders are not known for successful halftime adjustments. The fast start provided by the defense ended up being the only points scored - with the Raiders only having to go 16 yards each time to get in the end zone.
Again the Raiders and Texans trade punts. Former Raider punter Lechler vs. King were very active today and a very even competition.
The Raiders had no luck on 1st and 2nd down, but Streater caught a 20 yard pass on 3rd and 9 to keep the drive alive. McGloin threw a nice 26 yard TD pass to Rivera and it's 21-17 Raiders. Right after the commentators (and I) were wondering if McGloin could get the ball down the field, he went 3/4 for 82 yards and a touchdown. Nice reverse jinx CBS.
After a Burnett sack/fumble that was recovered by Houston, they were forced to punt. The Raiders moved down the field but Seabass missed a 54 yard FG that hit the upright and bounced out. Even with the good field position after the missed FG, the Raiders forced another Texans 3 and out.
The Raiders get the ball and in a wildcat formation, Rashad Jennings takes the snap and runs for an 80 yard TD. Jennings broke through the defensive front knocking Swearinger out of his way in the process. Great run by Jennings and the Raiders were up 28-17.
At this point Schaub enters the game with about 2:30 left in the 3rd quarter. I didn't think Keenum was playing that badly but apparently Houston wanted a spark. It never ignited as Houston was forced to punt. As did the Raiders, in their continued punt fest.
Schaub drove down the field and on a 3rd and 11 Mike Jenkins got called for a PI which gave the Texans the first down on the 10 yard line. Brandian Ross made a nice play on Andre Johnson saving the TD. Houston kicks FG and it's 28-20 Raiders. Another punt by King after a 3 and out, and Schaub again takes the Texans down the field. A nice stop by the defense holds them to a FG and now it's 28-23 Raiders.
The Raiders and Houston trade punts and after a sack by JJ Watt the Raiders punt again. Schaub drives his team down the field to the red zone. The Raiders defense played tough and after 4 attempts kept Houston from scoring. Raiders take over on downs and win the game in victory formation.
There was a lot of punting in this game (King had 11 punts and Lechler had 9) and while King's overall average was low due to the punt returned for a TD, he did a hell of a job today against the very shoes he's been filling. McGloin had a nice debut and again the defense never let up.There will be media talk of a QB controversy. Regardless of who starts next week, it's nice to get the win.