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Rapid Reaction: Raiders 27, Texans 16

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Dec 21, 2008.

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    <p><em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em></p> <img align="right" alt="" height="80" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/med/trans/oak.gif" width="80" /><img align="right" alt="" height="80" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/med/trans/hou.gif" width="80" /> <p>Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon gets props Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/solomon/texans/6174513.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">He wrote Friday</a> that he thought the Texans were overly relaxed and overly confident about their trip to Oakland, primed for a fall. They had a chance to win an eighth game for the second year in a row and set themselves up for their first winning season with a victory in their finale against Chicago. Instead they turned Solomon into a prophet.</p> <p>Whether over-relaxation and overconfidence were the issues is up for debate -- I did not see much of the game and can't judge it. But the streaking Texans laid a major egg and set up something beside a winning season: A miserable plane flight home and a week of regret.</p> <p>They allowed Raiders quarterback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10446" shape="rect">JaMarcus Russell</a> to have the best day of his two-year career -- completing 18 of 25 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, with a 128.1 passer rating.</p> <p>They allowed someone named <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11460" shape="rect">Chaz Schilens</a> to catch a touchdown pass.</p> <p>They also made a star out of <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10543" shape="rect">Johnnie Lee Higgins</a>, who got to dance in the end zone twice -- following a 29-yard touchdown catch and an 80-yard punt return that extended Oakland's lead to 27-13.</p> <p>From what I saw, the rush was insufficient and the coverage was too loose -- problems the Texans need to address this offseason no matter what record they finish with.</p>

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