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LIVE Game Blog from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

OAKLAND (3:48) -Well, it looks like the Texans were victims of a trap game at Oakland. Defensively, they let the Raiders pick them apart. JaMarcus Russell had his most accurate outing and made backup receivers look like Pro Bowlers. On offense, Matt Schaub struggled to hit his receivers. He overthrew or underthrew Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter for much of the game. And his interception in the middle of the fourth quarter cemented a Raiders victory. Schaub ended up with a lower passer rating and completion percentage than Russell. That's not good, considering Russell had been completing around 50 percent of his passes coming into the game. * *

OAKLAND (3:33) -Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye had his first sack of the season, taking down JaMarcus Russell for a loss of 10 yards. Okoye forced a fumble on the play, and the ball was recovered by linebacker Kevin Bentley.

OAKLAND (3:23) -It took three quarters, but Matt Schaub finally connected with Andre Johnson. Schaub hit Johnson with a seven-yard pass over the middle in the fourth quarter. On the following play, Johnson caught a 12-yard pass. Tight end Owen Daniels has been Schaub's primary target and is on pace to have a 100-receiving yard game.

OAKLAND (3:00) -After a miserable trip to the sidelines, I returned to the press box cold and wet. But the Texans have to feel 100 times worse after giving up an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown. Johnnie Lee Higgins had the return for Oakland, and it was his third punt return for a score this year.

OAKLAND (1:55) -The Texans finally forced the Raiders to punt. Oakland has controlled the clock for most the game. The Texans are trying to change that by establishing the run with Steve Slaton. Early in the second quarter, Slaton moved the pile on a 19-yard run.

OAKLAND (1:45) -The Raiders' risk paid off. After recovering an onside kick, Oakland marched down the field and scored on a 30-yard field goal. Right now, JaMarcus Russell is 9-for-11 and has thrown for 129 yards.

OAKLAND (1:35) -The Raiders are playing like they have nothing to lose. After booting in a 33-yard field goal, Oakland recovered an onside kick and put the Texans' defense back on the field. Houston continues to look a step slow defending the pass. Oakland's receivers are beating their defenders and getting excellent separation.

OAKLAND (1:25) -Fullback Vonta "The Hammer" Leach scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run. It also was Leach's first carry of the year. The scoring drive lasted six plays and was 71 yards.

OAKLAND (1:20) -Quarterback Matt Schaub got things going by hooking up with tight end Owen Daniels on a 20-yard pass. Schaub then got Daniels on the next play with a 35-yard pass. It was the longest catch of Daniels' career.

OAKLAND (1:15) -The Texans allowed the Raiders to score on their opening drive with quarterback JaMarcus Russell connecting with Chaz Schilens on a 20-yard touchdown pass. It took them eight plays and 64 yards. The Texans' secondary got beat on several plays, including a 21-yard pass from Russell to Zach Miller.

OAKLAND (1:05) -Oakland won the toss and elected to receive. The Texans started in base defense.

OAKLAND (12:45) -It's cold and rainy and the field in Oakland-Alameda County Stadium already looks a little sloppy. The Texans, however, look ready for action. This is the third consecutive season they have played the Raiders, and Houston has won all three games against Oakland in team history. This year, the Texans are playing for their first winning season.

The Raiders don't have too many threats on offense with both of their starting wide receivers (Ronald Curry and Ashley Leslie) sidelined with injuries. Houston will be without linebacker Xavier Adibi, who is nursing a groin injury. Morlon Greenwood will start in his place.

The Texans' inactives are: CB Matterral Richardson, CB David Pittman, S Will Demps, C Chris White, T Rashad Butler, TE Mark Bruener, DT Frank Okam and Adibi.

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