Texans at Raiders preview

The Oakland Raiders host another team that has continually missed expectations, the Houston Texans.

SERIES

  TEXANS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER 1-0  
STREAKS Past 1  
COACHES VS. OPP. Kubiak: 0-0 Shell: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 26-11 at Jets L 21-14 at Chargers
LAST GAME 10/3/04: Raiders 17 at Texans 30. Houston's defense forces turnovers on Oakland's final 4 possessions, including 2 INTs by CB Dunta Robinson.
LAST GAME AT SITE --
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Bill Macatee, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS 130 (Hou.), 147 (Oak.).

STATS

PASSING Carr: 237-339-2,217-10-7-88.8 Brooks: 36-66-434-2-3-66.1
RUSHING Lundy (R): 106-415-3.9-3 Fargas: 103-361-3.5-0
RECEIVING A. Johnson: 84 (1L)-982 (3L)-11.7-5 Moss: 36-481-13.4-3
OFFENSE 306.2 239.8
TAKE/GIVE -7 -10
DEFENSE 347.7 289.5
SACKS Williams (R): 4.5 Burgess: 8.5
INTs Robinson: 2 Asomugha: 5
PUNTING Stanley: 41.3 Lechler: 47.5 (2L)
KICKING K. Brown: 52 (16/17 PAT; 12/17 FG) Janikowski: 52 (13/13 PAT; 13/16 FG)

RAIDERS:

Club has not allowed more than 21 points in seven consecutive games. Team has lost past three by total of 15 points.

In only career meeting (9/14/03) Quarterback Aaron Brooks completed 18-of-27 passes (66.7 percentage) for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Club has won two of three games when Running back Justin Fargas posts at least 18 carries. Running back LaMont Jordan has 18 carries for 100 yards (5.6 average) and one touchdown in two career games versus Houston. Running back Zack Crockett is 4-of-5 (80.0 percentage) in 3rd-and-1 rush attempts.

Wide receiver Randy Moss caught nine passes for 90 yards (18.0 average) and two touchdowns, including 50-yarder versus Houston (10/10/04). Moss' teams are 18-3 when he has 2+ touchdowns. Rookie Wide receiver John Madsen scored 1st career catch last week.

Defense stands 4th in NFL in fewest 1st downs (15.9) allowed per game. DE Derrick Burgess has 17 sacks in 13 home games with Oakland and has posted 2.0 sacks in three of past four at home. Burgess is tied for 4th in AFC with 8.5 on season and club is 5-4 (.556) when he posts 2.0+.

Punter Shane Lechler 2nd in NFL with 47.5 gross average.

TEXANS:

Five of past 8 games decided by 6 points or less, including 4 of past 5.

Quarterback David Carr leads NFL in completion percentage (69.9 percentage), connecting on 237-of-339 passes. In past three on road, Carr has passed for 1st down on 37-of-76 (48.7 percentage) completions. Carr completed 14-of-23 (60.9 percentage) passes for 228 and one touchdown in only career meeting for 108.6 passer rating.

Rookie Running back Wali Lundy leads team with three rushing touchdowns. Lundy either has rush touchdown or 100 rush yards in four of past six games. Lundy has 25 catches in past six games, including eight last week. In three career December games, running back Samkon Gado has 291 rush yards on 55 carries for 5.3-yd average with two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson tops NFL with franchise-record 84 catches. Johnson (982) needs 18 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd time in past three seasons. Johnson has 8+ catches in seveb of 11 games. Wide receiver Eric Moulds has touchdown catch in each of past two versus Oakland. Next touchdown catch will be 50th of career. TE Owen Daniels leads rookie TEs with 31 receptions.

Rookie linebacker DeMeco Ryans has lead or tied team in tackles in six of 11 games. Cornerback Dunta Robinson has interception or forced fumble in three games in row.

Kickoff coverage unit ranks No. 3 in NFL (20.4) and punt return coverage stands No. 4 (6.7).


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