Kubiak on pulling Keenum, Johnson-Schaub exchange
The Texans were two yards away from their first win in two months and they couldn’t get it done, losing to the Raiders, 28-23.
Matt Schaub led the Texans down the field in the last few minutes of the game, but his fourth-down pass fell incomplete and the game was over. The Texans got as close as the Raiders’ 2-yard line but couldn’t score. Ben Tate was stuffed on third down and a false start pushed them back to the 8-yard line on fourth down.
In a surprise move, Schaub entered the game late in the third quarter for a seemingly healthy Keenum. Keenum had a rough start to the second half and has been ineffective in rough halves since winning the starting job. Schaub was greeted by plenty of boos when he took the field.
It was the Texans’ eight straight loss, extending the franchise record.
The Texans got off to another disastrous start. For the fourth time this season, they turned the ball over on the opening drive. This time Garrett Graham fumbled away the ball after a first down catch. The Raiders scored on the ensuing possession.
In fact, the Raiders went up 14-0 after scoring twice after Texans’ turnovers. The second was a Case Keenum interception, his first of the season.
But the Texans came back and scored 17 points to close the first half and take a 17-14 lead into the second half.
They scored on a great pass from Keenum to Graham over the top and over Charles Woodson. Then, Keshawn Martin returned a punt 87 yards for a score. And Randy Bullock made a field goal just before half.
The turning point
The last offensive play of the game, a pass to Andre Johnson, fell incomplete. It could have won it for the Texans.
What it means
The Texans have lost eight in a row. The season is a bust.
The Texans didn’t seem to have any significant injuries during the game. They did have to play without Kareem Jackson (chest) and Joe Mays (knee, oblique).
Garrett Graham had the best game of his career on Sunday. He caught balls from Keenum and Schaub. He did fumble early but really recovered.
DeAndre Hopkins was a complete non-factor. He watched a lot of the second half from the bench.
Jeff Tarpinian made a spot start for Mays and played really well.
Brice McCain made a spot start for Kareem Jackson (chest) and was awful on defense and in special teams. He was beat on both of the Raiders’ first-half touchdowns. He started the game but was replaced by Brandon Harris.
Did you know?
When Martin took a first-half punt 87 yards for a touchdown, it was his first return touchdown of his career. It was also the longest in the history of the Texans and the third longest punt return for a touchdown this season.
The Texans host the Jaguars next week and the Patriots after before hitting the road again.