Raiders hold on for 28-23 win in Houston

AP

The stage was set for Matt Schaub to make a storybook return to the quarterback job in Houston, but there continue to be no happy endings for the Texans this season.

Schaub led the Texans to a pair of field goals and drove them to the two-yard line in the final two minutes before the drive ran out of gas. Charles Woodson stopped Ben Tate short on second down, Tate lost a yard on third and a false start on guard Brandon Brooks meant Schaub’s pass on fourth down fell incomplete from seven yards away. That made the Raiders 28-23 winners in Houston.

Schaub was 12-of-25 for 155 yards after replacing Case Keenum, who was yanked after going three and out on the first three possessions of the second half. The move to Schaub led to better ball movement in spurts, but Keenum was able to reach the same level of inconsistency and defensive breakdowns were the biggest reason that the Raiders pushed into the lead in the third quarter.

That was when Rashad Jennings ran 80 yards for a touchdown and Matt McGloin completed three passes for 82 yards for another one to erase a 17-14 Houston halftime lead. McGloin was 18-of-32 for 197 yards and rarely looked like anything but the first-time starter that he was, but he did throw three touchdowns and gave the Raiders some plays in the passing game that they weren’t making with Terrelle Pryor going through tough times throwing the ball in recent weeks.

The condition of Pryor’s knee will likely play a role in any decisions the Raiders make about their quarterback going forward, but McGloin may have made a case for some consideration in any circumstance. Houston’s situation is a bit murkier, especially since eight straight losses and the possibility of losing a job have a way of making coaches do strange things.

55 responses to “Raiders hold on for 28-23 win in Houston

  1. McGloin looked really good. They should stick with him. I like Pryor’s leadership and work ethic, but he just doesn’t seem to be accurate enough to be an NFL quarterback. In one game, McGloin had 3 TD passes. Pryor has 5 TD passes all season to go along with 10 INTs and a 69 QB rating. He should consider a position change.

  2. The Texans play like they gave up 2-3 games ago. Is there any more disappointing team in the NFL?

  3. Sticking with McGloin is a no brainer, it has to be done at this point. Pryor had the first half of the season,McGloin gets the 2nd.

    No excuses, both QB’s have played behind substandard O-lines, but McGloin can obviously read a defense, something Pryor still can’t do.

    Nice win for the Raiders.

  4. Greg Olsen is the best first half offensive coordinator in football.Thing is they play two halves.Mcgloin looked good and didn’t make the game killing mistake.good and lucky win today

  5. You are bieng a little hard on McGloin. There were a lot of on-target passes that were simply dropped. He throws much harder that Pryor which the receivers were not ready for. Not to mention, the offensive line took some injuries today. That line has been rough all season so its really tough to evealuate these QB’s. All in all, happy for the Raider win.

  6. “McGloin was 18-of-32 for 197 yards and rarely looked like anything but the first-time starter that he was”

    I don’t know. The kid stood in the pocket and delivered strikes into receivers hands, that they dropped a few times most of the day.

  7. This was a warm up game for Mcgloin, once JV returns to the left tackle Qb play well improve. I like Mcgloin, he is just as competitive as Prior but has more of a gunslinger mentality. He has a chip on his shoulder and has the arm to potentially be good QB… give him more time with starters and team will improve.

  8. McGloin’s 1st pass was a TD, threw for almost 200 yards, no INT’s and came in as a what, 5th rounder not even drafted, then not expected to make the team? He beat out a seasoned QB and a 4th round draft pick. Geshhhhhhhh………the offensive line is a put together group of mostly rejected players and he won a game. I give the kid credit. I give the team credit for not giving up?

  9. Don’t know what game you were watching – probably bears/ravens since that was on nfl red zone entire time texans were on goal line at the end – but McGloin was impressive.

  10. Hey Raiders… Congrats on your first Away game victory this season!
    Do keep in mind that you did beat a Texans team that thoroughly SUCKS on a number of levels! First and foremost… That Offensive Lineman named Brooks can’t even stand still before moving ahead of the snap count. Wasn’t it 4 times he was called for “Illegal Motion” and it was a Home Game? I must thank the Raiders for their victory. I’m hopeful that Bob McNair (Texans Owner) will wakeup and clean house regarding our worthless coaching staff and pathetic Offensive Line and Defensive Secondary. I can’t remember the last time that I watched a team make little or no adjustments at Half and expect to win the game. Come on Texans coaching staff are you really that sad??? How does a potential Super Bowl contender lose 8 straight games? Ask Kubiak and Rick Smtih (Texans GM) as they have the answer!!!

  11. joetoronto says:
    Nov 17, 2013 4:52 PM
    Sticking with McGloin is a no brainer, it has to be done at this point. Pryor had the first half of the season,McGloin gets the 2nd.

    No excuses, both QB’s have played behind substandard O-lines, but McGloin can obviously read a defense, something Pryor still can’t do.

    Nice win for the Raiders.
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    This joker only shows up when the Raisins win. Check the comments for L’s and this buster is nowhere to be found.

  12. Awesome win today! 4 quarters of good football. Pat “McGroin” (I stole that from an earlier post) certainly deserves another start and what about C-dub coming up big once again…man we all needed that win!

  13. The Raisins beat one of the great teams of the league. The 2-8 Texans.

    Prediction:

    Chiefs and Broncos will lose the rest of their games and the Raiders win the division and go to the Super Bowl.

    Raisin Nation!

  14. If Sir Charles Woodson doesn’t make the probowl then it will be a travesty of justice. He is still incredible.

  15. Wow. I knew the Texans were weak but I had no idea they were this bad.

    #gottasuckbadtogetrolledbyoakland

  16. I don’t think there is anyone who has supported TP more than I have and I still think he can develop into a decent QB but at this point it’s pretty hard to sit McGloin

  17. Lol @ these Raider Haters. By no means do we think this team is SB bound. To be fair, they do have a practice squad Oline, undrafted rookie QB, backup RB and no # 1 receiver. Not bad if you ask me against a top 10 defense.

  18. gibbyfan says:

    Nov 17, 2013 5:48 PMI don’t think there is anyone who has supported TP more than I have and I still think he can develop into a decent QB but at this point it’s pretty hard to sit McGloin
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    Right there with you pal. I even converted my Jamarcus jersey to a Pryor jersey. Sick of seeing pryor run backwards for 20 yard sacks.

  19. Great win. Nice to see what the kid (McGloin) has, and I LIKE IT! It now explains why they cut Tyler Wilson to start the year (glad we got him back) Kid looks like a true pocket passer. Great scheme from Olson the OC and the D looked very good again. Keep improving boys!

    RAIDER NATION!!!

  20. therolandobottom says:

    Nov 17, 2013 6:31 PMHow about you guys ^^^quit buying jerseys of unproven players…it’s a jinx!!
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    Yeah, because believing in a jinx makes much more sense than getting excited about your team and buying jerseys.

  21. Josh! Shame on you.

    I think you meant the other Matt looked like a first year QB, didn’t you?

    McGloin was pretty darned impressive! He’s a very confident young man.

  22. I would let McGloin finish out the season @ QB and let Pryor’s knee heal up. Then i would move Pryor to WR and hire Jerry Rice to be the WR and turn him into the next Randy Moss. he has the size and speed of Moss. Give McGloin a real top notch O line big time TE and a running game and this kid could win lots of games for the Raiders. Yes Pryor is athletic electric and elusive but he is also erratic and inconsistent and can’t read defenses. . The Raiders need to win games and become legit again. not just sell tickets and excitement. With a real team around him McGloin can help the Raiders become a 10-6 -11-5 team and a perennial playoff contender . He looks like the real deal @ QB . Remember Brady was a 6th round pick nobody wanted . Pennsylvania QB’s are big winners in the NFL . Look at the History . Blanda Unitas Namath Kelly Marino Montana just to name a few.

  23. hire Jerry Rice to be the Raiders WR coach and mentor Pryor and the young Raiders WR Corps to become a force. With Rice mentoring Pryor at WR he would be lethal.

  24. McGloin!!!!!!! The kid can play!! He keeps playing like that I’ll forget all about Pryor. Whoda thunk a QB could stand in the pocket for Oakland and deliver accurate passes? Unreal! Great job McGloin!

  25. We’ve seen what the Raiders don’t have in Pryor. Let’s give Dreamcatcher the ball the rest of the season and see what he offers.

    Hard to not want Pryor to succeed. But, I’m sick of the Raiders losing. Dreamcatcher looked like an actual pocket quarterback, with poise.

  26. @bombayjon- you have the nerve to call me out when you not only paid money for a J. Russell jersey, but then converted that scrap to a Pryor jersey? I’ll take superstition over blatant stupidity any day sir.

  27. >>>The condition of Pryor’s knee will likely play a role in any decisions the Raiders make about their quarterback going forward, but McGloin may have made a case for some consideration in any circumstance.<<<<

    I might get mad at DA but he isn't that stupid. He wants to be around next year. A QB who can't throw is about as useful as a former Raider WR dhBUST who couldn't catch. McGloin will start. Pryor if his knee is healthy will be in to do what he does best. Run in wildcat plays……

    Almost forgot. How great was it to have no delay of game penalties today because the QB actually has a clue what he's doing…..

  28. raiderseliminatedfromplayoffsalready says: Nov 17, 2013 5:24 PM

    Except they aren’t eliminated already, after 10 games.
    Silly Troll, footballs not for losers.

  29. I think the Raiders may have found a passer in McGloin. if it is so, couple that with their 6th ranked defense, and you no longer have your daddy’s Raiders. they will be a tough out week to week…

  30. The Glory of the Raidahs !!!! Was happy to see them hang on, seeing as how they so often grab defeat from the jaws of victory. Good opponent to take advantage of as well; only the Falcons have had a nightmare season as bad as the Texans.

  31. bombayjon says: Nov 17, 2013 6:53 PM

    therolandobottom says:

    Nov 17, 2013 6:31 PMHow about you guys ^^^quit buying jerseys of unproven players…it’s a jinx!!
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    Yeah, because believing in a jinx makes much more sense than getting excited about your team and buying jerseys.
    _______________________________

    Wasn’t Tebow’s jersey a #1 seller while he was with the Donks? How’s that workin for him? Just sayin’.

  32. I’m glad they won, but it was only one game. Let’s not make him the savior already. We still have many issues on this team. Jennings is a nice surprise. Need more consistency out of the receivers and the “D” needs to stop letting these teams get back in the game. We really should have a couple of other wins this year that would have made us look respectable. That being said, A win is a win and I’ll take it.
    Go Raiders!

  33. vegasgreek says:Nov 17, 2013 7:53 PM

    hire Jerry Rice to be the Raiders WR coach and mentor Pryor and the young Raiders WR Corps to become a force. With Rice mentoring Pryor at WR he would be lethal.

    3

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    Add McFadden to that receiver list. Best hands on team.

  34. Looks to me like the RAIDERS have been starting a RB/WR at QB, when they had a real NFL style QB as back-up! Pryor had his chance and he sucks! After how many years? Hope his knee stays bad!!!! I can’t even watch him play anymore. He is not an NFL QB!!!
    GO RAIDERS!!!!! with McGloin as QB!!

  35. Something tells me that McGloin will lose his shine by the end of the season as teams get enough footage on him to learn ways of countering him. Seems to happen to most first-time starting QBs that have an initial spurt of 2-6 successful games beforehand.

  36. a few of my take aways from the game

    Defense showed up and played and really won that game with 14 points after takeaways in their own red zone, and a goal line stand.

    Glad Raiders won, but for all the comments about McGloin, , and same O-line , etc… just to keep to facts. Having Watson, Brisiel, Wiz, Nix, and Pashos, is not the same o-line as having Mady, McCants, Briesiel (at center lol) Gurode and Barnes. – just stating the facts, and fact is although one is better than the other, they are both terrible.

    Fact is Raiders had zero total yards in the 4th quarter ( Briesel, Watson got hurt), and if you take away the one 80 yard run from Jennings the raiders would have a total of 24 yards for the entire second half…props to McGloin for getting a W, but one big play, and 24 yards in an entire half might excite some of you, does not me. Bright side we did manage to get one first down in the 4th quarter. Gotta give this one to the defense.

    As far as beating the refs yet once again.

    How upon a challenge does the league not overturn an obvious catch by holmes down the side lines. Why do you need to show proof the ball didnt move, when the call was the player was out of bounds? Plus you can’t show proof the ball did move..bs

    Why did Briesiel get a 15 yard for blocking a guy, and why did Streater get one for Spiking the ball?

    Worse no call of the day…the 85 yard punt return by the texans where the raider gunner Taiwan Jones is having his jersey pulled out completely preventing him from making the tackle….obvious hold.

  37. The Raiders had 128 yard of offense plus the 80 yard run in the 3rd quarter.

    They out gained the Texans 208 – 35 in the third quarter…..

    that impresses me….

  38. “rarely looked like anything but the first-time starter that he was”

    What a complete fail of a article.

    When have you ever seen a undrafted rookie QB throw 3 TD’s with 0 INT’s?

    Oh ya that’s right its never happened in the history of the league.

    Clearly NBC Sports still have some kind of beef with the Raiders.

    Get in line clowns.

  39. McNasty will “BRING IT”…. I really like this kid. Just the way he goes about business. NEVER GIVE UP..ALAWYS CHOOSE THE HARDER ROAD….

    Time to make THE NATION BELIEVE once again McG.. Give us the kinda of QB we deserve.

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