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OAKLAND – The Raiders’ 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans was a mess from beginning to end. You could create a top 10 negative moments from this disaster, but we’ll maintain form and stick with a big three:
1. Opponents run wild: The Raiders allowed 188 yards rushing in Sunday’s loss, with 138 to feature back Arian Foster. The Texans ran 46 times while building and then preserving a lead, often gutting the Raiders front seven at the point of attack.
The opposition ran wild for a second straight game, just a week after the New York Jets tallied 212 yards in the regular-season opener. The Raiders have given up 400 yards in two games, with a 5-yard per carry average.
If the Raiders don’t fix this problem, the losses will surely pile up.
2. Turnover troubles: The Raiders committed four turnovers, three of which occurred in Texans territory. James Jones and Mychal Rivera fumbled and quarterback Derek Carr threw a pair of interceptions.
They halted offensive momentum, especially when the Raiders stood a puncher’s chance of making a comeback. The Raiders couldn’t force a turnover either, making it near impossible to stay competitive without big, game-changing plays.
3. Non-existent pass rush: The Raiders didn’t have a sack against Houston, and rarely put pressure on passer Ryan Fitzpatrick. The veteran can be elusive, but he was able to remain effective thanks to time in the pocket.
The Raiders imported big-game free agents to strengthen the pass rush, but they didn’t make a significant impact. In fact, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith didn’t record a stat in Sunday’s game. In two games, the defensive line doesn’t have a sack.
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“If you want to be a good pass rushing team defense, if you want to go out there and you want to get a lot of sacks, if you want to force some turnovers or allow the secondary to get some interceptions, you number one have to stop the run,” Woodley said. “In order for our good pass rushers to have that opportunity, you have to make a team one dimensional. Right now, we’re not making any team one-dimensional. … But until you stop the run, you will never see that good pass rush.”