As if there was any remaining doubt regarding whether the Texans would convert a 20-6 halftime lead into a win over the Raiders, that doubt was removed on consecutive plays in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.
First, Houston linebacker Brian Cushing tackled Oakland running back Justin Fargas so deep into the end zone for a safety that, when I noticed the image of Fargas laying on the ground with the ball near the thick white stripe, I assumed the Raiders somehow had found a way to score a touchdown.
Then, after the two-pointer, Raiders punter Shane Lechler rocketed the ball 75 yards, to the Houston five.
And Jacoby Jones returned the thing all the way for a touchdown.
If there has been a return for a touchdown on the free kick after a safety longer than 95 yards, we sure as heck don’t remember it.
The Raiders would surely like to forget today’s game. It’s 29-6, and it’s over.