Things are going from bad to catastrophic for the Houston Texans as they lost their eighth game in a row. This week's victors were the Oakland Raiders who were led to victory by the performances of two backups, Matt McGloin and Rashard Jennings. What did we learn from this game that has put the Texans at a 2-8 record and the Raiders now at 4-6 for the season.
Opening possession woes for Texans.
So far this season the Texans have committed a turnover on their first possession in their last 4 games straight. This doesn’t make things easy for your offence always having to come from behind and constantly being under pressure to catch up with the other team.
Opening possession success for Raiders.
Where the Texans have struggled on their opening possessions in games, the Raiders are one of the best teams in the league at getting off the mark on their first attempt. They have five touchdowns on their opening possession, thats the second most in the NFL, that also includes the 93 yard touchdown run by Terrelle Pryor against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
No Pryor? No problem.
Even without starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor the Raiders put up 28 points against statistically the best defence in the league, including McGloin's three touchdown passes and then Rashard Jennings 80 yard touchdown run. Jennings finished the game with 150 yards in total, not bad for the backup to Darren Mcfadden.
Keshawn Martin has some wheels under him.
The old saying comes true here, you can’t teach speed. Martin may have muffed the initial catch but once he had the ball under control he took off for an 85 yard punt return touchdown. In the Texans recent struggles Martin has been a bright spark with his performance on special teams.
QB indecision for Texans.
Case Keenum wasn't playing badly, not bad enough to be benched anyway, so the reasoning for bringing on Matt Schaub is a mystery to me. Keenum finished with 170 yards with a ridiculous 42 yard touchdown pass to Garrett Graham and only one interception. Schaub nearly led to a game winning drive but the Texans came up a few yards short to suffer their eight straight loss.
Houston really does have a problem and I promise that will be the last time I use that cliche.