The Las Vegas Raiders are headed to halftime tied, 10-10, against the lowly Houston Texans. For the most part, in a game that both fans and the media called “favorable,” the Raiders came out to a sloppy start. Fortunately, the Raiders’ running game came to life late in the second quarter, riding on Josh Jacobs’ hot streak.
Texans quarterback Davis Mills played an efficient game in the first half, completing 11 passes, the same as Derek Carr. Both signal-callers have one touchdown pass on their stat sheet. Can they continue the momentum in the second half?
Can the Raiders capitalize on the momentum they built prior to halftime?
The tale of the second half will be determined by which running back can take off. Dameon Pierce gained 64 yards on the ground off of 12 carries. Meanwhile, Jacobs has a total of 45 yards on his own with 10 carries. Jacobs was particularly impressed on that final drive as the Silver and Black went into the locker room.
A positive note for the Raiders in the first half was Davante Adams. He surpassed the 700-reception mark for his career. He’s just the eighth player in league history to reach that milestone in fewer than 122 games.
Overall, the Raiders looked unprepared. That’s a huge red flag when you consider Josh McDaniels had two weeks to prepare his team. It appears that this will be a close game that will come down to the wire. This was a far cry from what Raiders fans were expecting.
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