Houston (CBS Houston) -J.J. Watt got in on the fun Sunday afternoon as the Houston Texans easily dismissed Derek Carr and the Raiders with a 30-14 win. The victory made Bill O’Brien the first coach in Texans history to start his career 2-0.
Houston leaned heavily on Arian Foster in their first drive. The strategy paid off with a 41-yard run all the way to Oakland’s one yard line. Then it was the hundred million dollar man’s turn. J.J. Watt checked in at tight end and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
With Watt’s help, the Texans forced a quick three and out. Ryan Fitzpatrick started the game 8-8 passing, leading the Texans back into Raider territory. Foster capped off the 13-play 70 yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. The Texans started the second quarter with a 14-0 lead.
The Raiders offense showed some life on the ensuing drive. Derek Carr sparked the black and silver with a 41-yard run off of a zone read, but Kareem Jackson stopped their progress. Jackson picked off Carr and returned the ball to the Raiders’ 24 yard line. Jackson’s eighth career interception lead to a 33-yard field goal from Randy Bullock. The Texans ended the first half with a 17-0 lead.
The Raiders offense moved the ball well during the first drive of the second half, but D.J. Swearinger forced a fumble and Johnathan Joseph scooped it up, returning it to Oakland’s 24 yard line. DeAndre Hopkins helped polish off the turnover with a 12-yard touchdown reception.
After Johnathan Joseph exited to the locker room with an undisclosed injury, Ryan Fitzpatrick maneuvered the Texans offense into position for a 39-yard field goal by Randy Bullock. The Texans led 27-0 with under four minutes in the third quarter.
Oakland opened the fourth quarter by finishing a 9-play 79-yard drive with a Darren McFadden touchdown. With the game well in hand, the Texans responded with a clock chewing drive spanning 14 plays over nine minutes. After the offense stalled, Randy Bullock made his third field goal of the day, this one from 46-yards.
J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed put Houston in position for a field goal attempt when Watt hit Carr forcing an errant pass that was intercepted by Reed. After a quick three and out, Randy Bullock’s kick was blocked.
With under two minutes remaining, Derek Carr took the field for one final drive. He found James Jones deep in the endzone for a late touchdown as the Texans sealed the 30-14 victory.
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the day 14/19 for 139 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second straight game without a turnover.
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