Starting tailback Tyrone Wheatley left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury but Amos Zereoue filled in very well in his absence. Zereoue totaled 117 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Wheatley was well enough to return if need be but the Oakland Raiders stayed with Zereoue.
The Raiders running game accounted for 173 yards in last Sunday's 30-20 win over Tampa Bay after struggling the first two games. Oakland gained 151 yards on the ground against Houston.
He's no chicken Curry
Rice came within 2:33 of getting shut out once more. It was his only catch.
Houston ground game gouges Oakland
The Raiders run defense entered the game a much improved group over last season, when they finished dead last against the run.
Oakland entered the game with the sixth-best defense against the run but the Texans, despite being without starting running back Domanick Davis, rushed for 162 yards. Johnathan Wells, who replaced Davis, carried 26 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Former Raider DT Junior Ioane was inactive for the Texans.?
The Raiders were whistled for eight false start infractions.