Texans Silence Raiders

By kaplanssportstory
Jan. 08, 2017

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With the Houston Texans 8-0 at home this season, they didn't want to slip up in a playoff game against a Derek Carr less Oakland Raiders squad. The Texans defeated the Raiders 27-14, to advance to the second round of the NFL playoffs. 

With Houston up 3 to 0 in the first quarter, Lamar Miller scored on a 4-yard touchdown run. Miller rushed for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. Oakland responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Latavius Murray. He finished with 39 rushing yards and 1 touchdown, along with 1 catch for 12 yards receiving.

With the Texans up 13 to 7 in the second quarter, Brock Osweiler threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins finished with 5 catches for 67 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Brock Osweiler scored on a 1-yard rush. Osweiler finished with 168 passing yards and 1 touchdown, along with 15 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Later in the period, Connor Cook threw a 8-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes. Holmes finished with 4 catches for 50 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. Cook finished with 161 yards passing 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.

The Texans defense made Cook uncomfortable most of the game. They had 3 sacks also along with forcing the 3 turnovers. As for the Raiders, Michael Crabtree left the game with an injury. Amari Cooper was a big disappointment for the Raiders once again with 2 catches for 10 yards receiving. 

Houston will either travel to Kansas City (12-4) next Sunday or New England (14-2) next Saturday. 

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