The Texans dominated for most of the Monday Night game in Mexico City but ultimately fell 27-20 after a fourth-quarter comeback by the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders scored 14 unanswered points in the final quarter to come from behind in a closely-contested game at Estadio Azteca. Despite two turnovers in the first half, the Texans were tied 10-10 heading into the lockerroom. Houston allowed just three points off those turnovers, and added a takeaway of its own on the night, and held Oakland to just seven net yards of rushing in the first half.
On the night, Brock Osweiler was 26-of-39 for 243 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also added two carries for 19 yards.
Both Millers, Lamar and Braxton, scored touchdowns in the loss. Lamar Miller rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries while Braxton Miller caught five passes for 25 yards and his first career NFL score. C.J. Fiedorowicz led the receivers with six receptions and 82 yards receiving.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 21-of-31 for 295 yards and had three touchdowns and one interception. The Texans defense held the Raiders to just 30 net yards rushing and 4-of-11 on third down conversions. Benardrick McKinney led the defense with eight tackles and a tackle for loss.
On the opening drive of the game, DeAndre Hopkins had a catch-and-run that was ruled a touchdown but later overturned. The Texans would settle for a 32-yard field goal after converting 3-of-4 third downs on the drive. Houston took an early 3-0 lead after the 13-play, 61-yard drive that lasted 6:26.
The Raiders offense got on the board later in the first half. Running back Jalen Richard caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Carr, giving the Raiders a 7-3 lead with 14:54 left in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Raiders regained possession after a muffed return by Tyler Ervin. Oakland took over at the Houston 19-yard line. The Texans defense held Oakland to a 19-yard field goal after two consecutive goal-line stops. The Raiders extended their lead, 10-3.
The Texans would respond, putting together a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with the first NFL touchdown scored by rookie Braxton Miller on a 12-yard pass from Osweiler. The Texans and Raiders tied 10-10 with 7:59 left in the second quarter.
The Texans and Raiders were all tied at 10 at halftime.
On the first play of the third quarter, A.J. Bouye intercepted Carr's pass, intended for Amari Cooper. It was just Carr's fourth interception on the season. Osweiler and the offense capitalized, adding a one-yard touchdown run by Lamar Miller to cap off a 13-play, 65-yard drive.
The Raiders were held to a field goal in the third quarter. Janikowski kicked a 20-yard field goal and the Raiders trailed 17-13.
Novak added his second kick of the day, a 19-yard field goal, and to give the Texans a 20-13 lead, but it was short-lived. Carr threw a deep pass to fullback Jamize Olawale who scored on a 75-yard touchdown pass just one play later.
The Texans were within scoring range to take the lead at the Oakland 15-yard line, but were unable to convert a fourth-and-inches. After a short pass to Latavius Murray on second down that led to a 39-yard gain, Carr threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. Oakland took a 27-20 lead with 4:43 remaining.
The Texans, who fall to 6-4 on the season, will return to NRG Stadium for their Week 12 game against San Diego Chargers.
The Texans faced the Raiders on Monday Night Football in Mexico City.