Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders: 1st Half Stats and Thoughts


Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham (88) makes a touchdown reception during the first quarter as Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) defends at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

What an interesting first half for the Houston Texans against the Oakland Raiders in Houston. It hasn’t been pretty for either of the two teams, but the Texans have managed to build a 17-14 lead at halftime.

Houston trailed 14-0 after the first quarter, due to two costly turnovers, but the Texans have scored 17 unanswered points with scores from Garrett Graham (42-yard reception), Keshawn Martin (87-yard punt return) and a 51-yard field goal from Randy Bullock. (Yes, Bullock converted a 50-plus yard field goal).

The two records from these teams (five combined wins) shows the quality of play that they have shown in this game.

Case Keenum is 11-of-18 for 154 yards with one touchdown and one interception, the first of his career. Ben Tate, playing hurt with the rib issue, has nine rushes for 51 yards in the first two quarters. Graham leads in receiving with five receptions for 99 yards.

For the Raiders, Matt McGloin is 11-of-17 for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Rashad Jennings leads the Raiders with 37 yards rushing in the first half.

This is just an ugly game all-around, but now it is time to see if the Texans can play a competitive second half, because lately that hasn’t been the case. The second half hasn’t ben kind to the Texans this season.