Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 10/9/11
It was as if the Texans wanted their final possession to embody their entire body of work, a performance equal parts fantastic and frustrating. During one white-knuckle series of seven plays, the Texans allowed a sack, botched a shotgun fumble, were flagged for a facemask penalty that in turn negated an infraction on the self-destructing Raiders, and completed two desperation heaves that miraculously kept them in contention. All of this with no time outs and all for naught when Matt Schaub tossed an interception on the final play from scrimmage after attempting to force the football into the blanked arms of Jacoby Jones. In 110 seconds the Texans revealed everything that the entirety of their Sunday afternoon entailed during a disappointing 25-20 loss at Reliant Stadium. Their vaunted offensive line was unmercifully whipped from the opening whistle, which subsequently yielded a one-dimensional offense that eschewed its proud commitment to running the football. Owen Daniels, Kevin Walter and Joel Dreessen proved they weren't "slappies" subbing for receiver Andre Johnson, but for every spectacular play produced the Texans sputtered. They started and stopped, were so discombobulated that there was no way for their day to end other than Raiders safety Michael Huff intercepting Schaub with zeros on the clock. "Those last couple of drives, penalties and giving up sacks and fumbling the ball or fumbling snaps, when you make progress on the field and tend to step back that's big, especially in that type of situation," Daniels said after recording seven receptions for 89 yards. "We've got some things to fix, but we've got the guys in here to fix it so we'll be alright." The easy response would be to blame the Texans' sporadic play on the absence of Johnson, but what the Raiders accomplished at the point of attack was far more disruptive to the Texans' plans than their missing Johnson, who suffered a right hamstring injury last Sunday against the Steelers and underwent a surgical procedure two days later. The Raiders made their intentions clear by stacking the box against tailback Arian Foster, who had 15 carries for 54 yards in the first half, with 20 yards coming on one third-down run on the Texans' opening drive. Subtract that gain, the biggest from the Texans' 10-play, 65-yard touchdown drive, and Foster averaged just 2.3 yards per carry. Once they abandoned their bread and butter, the Texans were toast. Schaub passed for 416 yards but completed just 11 of 30 attempts in the second half en route to a 51.9 post-intermission passer rating. The Raiders sacked Schaub three times and batted down seven passes at the line of scrimmage. Schaub completed some dazzling passes to Daniels, Walter, Dreessen and Foster, but spent most of the game chucking and ducking or soliciting aid from linemen after being dropped to the turf. "Against a team like that you've got to keep balance and keep them honest," Schaub said. "You want to run the football and that's our plan. We're a running football team. We mix in the play-action and the down-the-field game, and we didn't win the line-of-scrimmage battle today. It caused us to play catch-up and throw the ball." Said Texans center Chris Myers: "It's us either getting that extra effort or getting that one guy down on the backside, or that extra push on the front side. They beat us all over the place whether it was front-side or backside problems or cuts, everyone had their turns. We've got to come out and be able to establish (the run) early." Despite completing passes of 60 yards to Foster, 56 yards to Dreessen and 41 yards to Walter, Schaub also failed to lead the Texans on a touchdown drive in the second half. The Texans amassed 473 yards, but they also suffered through consecutive three-and-outs in the fourth quarter where they failed to move the chains an inch. When the Raiders delivered possession of the football with 1:50 remaining, it was abundantly clear what unfortunate series of events would soon unfold. The Texans dashed forward with gains of 11, 26 and 34 yards, and stumbled backward with negative plays of 15 and 13 yards. Just when it appeared that Schaub would pull a victory out of the fire, everything the Texans weren't came back to bite them in the backside. It was apropos. "It's going back to executing the plays," Walter said. "I'm not sure if we had some negative plays. We didn't convert as well as we wanted to on third down; that hurts us. I think we had some third-down-and-long, and that hurts us; that hurts everybody. It comes down to beating their defense or their beating us. "We did a good job at some points, but we've got to do it for four quarters." Follow me on Twitter at moisekapenda
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