Oakland Raiders running backs came up big in win over the Houston Texans in Mexico City

Oakland Raiders running backs came up big in win over the Houston Texans in Mexico City

The Oakland Raiders offense struggled for much of the their Monday Night Football matchup against the Houston Texans in Mexico City but still found a way to win. 

Quarterback Derek Carr threw for just 295 total yards, but most of it wasn't to his trusty receivers. Both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper have had stellar seasons, but struggled to get separation for much of Monday night's game. Cooper had just four receptions for 57 yards, and Crabtree hauled in just three receptions for only five yards. 

With the receivers struggling, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave exploited the Texans linebackers by getting his receivers going out of the backfield. 

Undrafted free agent rookie Jalen Richard got it going first for the Raiders when Carr found him on a nice route over the middle for a 17-yard touchdown reception, the first of his career. 

Fullback Jamize Olawale also proved to be a key target for Carr as he scored the next Raiders touchdown, hauling in a 75-yard pass for a touchdown to tie the game. In all, he had three catches for 90 yards and one touchdown. 

Starting running back Latavius Murray also came up big as a receiver. With the game tied at 20-to-20, Murray got open on a nice route to haul in a pass from Carr before scampering down the left sideline for 39 yards. The play got the Raiders into the Texans territory, leading to the go-ahead touchdown by Cooper. 

And when the Raiders needed a first down to ice the game, Carr once again found Richard for a big catch and throw to help run the clock out. 

In all, the Raiders running backs hauled in 11 of Carr's 21 completions for 199 receiving yards. Musgrave found a weakness in the Texans defense and continued to exploit it, which proved to be the biggest difference. 


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