1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2004
HOUSTON (AP) -- Since beating the Dallas Cowboys in their franchise debut three seasons ago, the Houston Texans have been trying to win two in a row. The pursuit became such a big deal that quarterback David Carr vowed last September he wouldn't cut his hair until it happened.It's finally time for a trip to the barber, David.
Raiders at Texans: Will Turner be able to get Collins to lessen the mistakes that plagued him in New York?
Kerry Collins has a history of not playing well when he has a comfort level. For some reason he's more prone to mistakes when his job isn't on the line. Whereas when he's under fire he plays extremely well. Right now no one in Oakland can take his job away with the injury to Rich Gannon so the Raiders have to find a way to keep him focused.
That said, he's a quarterback with tremendous arm strength and Norv Turner will have to take advantage of it for the Raiders to be successful. He isn't the type of quarterback who's going to thrive in a system where he has to throw a lot of short routes. It's a waste of his talent and a detriment to his ability. Coach Turner will try to utilize the newfound running game from Amos Zereoue to buy Collins more time so he'll be able to throw the deep ball. Once Collins is able to start getting time and hitting receivers downfield it should make things a little bit easier for the team.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski hit a 50-yard field goal, but missed from 35. He'd made his last 40 under 45 yards. ... Houston's Jonathan Wells, filling in for injured Domanick Davis, ran for a career-high 105 yards and a touchdown. ... Jerry Rice came within 2:33 of getting shut out again. It was his only catch.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.4||5.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||11:51||KRIS BROWN 46 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 47 yds, 4:20
|FG||14:18||SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI 50 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 36 yds, 2:27
|TD||3:19||JAMIE SHARPER 16 YD FUMBLE RETURN (KRIS BROWN KICK)||3||10|
|TD||7:58||AMOS ZEREOUE 55 YD RUN (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK) |
Drive: 1 plays, 55 yds, :15
|TD||11:35||JONATHAN WELLS 1 YD RUN (KRIS BROWN KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 70 yds, 3:30
|TD||14:13||AMOS ZEREOUE 3 YD RUN (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yds, 2:38
|FG||11:57||KRIS BROWN 21 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 16 yds, 3:32
|TD||0:12||ANDRE JOHNSON 15 YD PASS FROM DAVID CARR (KRIS BROWN KICK) |
Drive: 4 plays, 30 yds, :41
|FG||11:41||KRIS BROWN 44 YD |
Drive: 14 plays, 73 yds, 7:33