Carr, Raiders rally past Texans in Mexico City
(The Sports Exchange) - The dominant ways of the Houston Texans' defense vanished at the most inopportune moments on Monday night against the Oakland Raiders.
After manhandling the Raiders for the majority of the night at Estadio Azteca, the Houston defense committed a pair of costly lapses during the fourth quarter of a stinging 27-20 defeat.
The Texans had the Raiders on the ropes for most of the game, but Oakland's Pro Bowl quarterback, Derek Carr, was absolutely clutch in the fourth quarter.
A trendy Most Valuable Player candidate, Carr completed 21 of 31 passes for 295 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a 117.0 passer rating for the Raiders (8-2).
On the first play from scrimmage after the Texans (6-4) took a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, Raiders fullback Jamize Olawale was not accounted for during a 75-yard touchdown catch out of the backfield.
He eluded free safety Andre Hal to tie the score.
The Texans looked confused by wide receiver Amari Cooper lining up in the backfield at running back as Olawale ran a seam route and Hal flubbed on his open-field tackle attempt.
Cooper put the Texans away on Oakland's ensuing possession as inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney overpursued the gifted wide receiver during his 35-yard touchdown catch. Cooper scooted into the end zone with 4:43 remaining.
The Raiders capitalized on a failed fourth-down run by Houston running back Akeem Hunt that was upheld by an instant-replay review. Continued...