Failing to seize an opportunity to grab control of the AFC South, Deshaun Watson and the Texans look to regroup Sunday when they host the Raiders.
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When: Sunday, Oct. 27
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The Texans (4-3) were trying to create separation last Sunday in Indianapolis but wound up on the wrong end of a 30–23 scoreline against the Colts. Watson threw for 308 yards and a touchdown, but also had a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, including one in the final minute that thwarted a potential game-tying touchdown drive. The result dropped Houston one-half game behind Indianapolis for the division lead.
Opponents are realizing the way to beat the Texans is through the air. Indianapolis posted 321 of its 383 yards in the passing game, the fourth 300-yard game allowed by Houston. The Texans have been burned for 15 touchdown passes, with 10 of them coming in the last three games, and the pass rush recording just four sacks in that span after notching 12 in the previous three.
Houston's run defense has not allowed 100 yards in five straight games and ranks tied for third in the league with 84.3 allowed per game. The Texans, though, are 29th in pass defense at 275.6 yards allowed per contest.
Watson has recorded his three 300-yard passing games in Houston's last five contests and has thrown for 1,952 yards and 13 touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins recorded his first 100-yard receiving game and touchdown since Houston's Week 1 loss to New Orleans, finishing with nine catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Oakland (3–3) is also looking for a bounce-back effort after its secondary was torn apart by Aaron Rodgers in a 42–24 loss at Green Bay last Sunday. The Raiders allowed a season-worst 481 total yards as Rodgers had almost as many touchdown passes (five) as incompletions (six). Three of the five touchdown passes covered 21 or more yards, and the Raiders yielded six completions of 25 yards or longer.
Quarterback Derek Carr threw the ball downfield more as he finished 22 of 28 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Carr also had a pair of costly turnovers with an interception and a lost fumble, but he was also 7 of 11 on passes that traveled at least 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. It was a notable departure from the Raiders' normal offense as he has averaged just 7.46 yards per attempt.
Rookie running back Josh Jacobs continues to impress after racking up a season-high 124 yards for his second straight 100-yard effort. Jacobs leads all rookies with 554 rushing yards, which is also good for eighth in the league.