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Raiders find a winning road formula

The Raiders finally found a formula for winning on the road.

Rookie Matt McGloin threw three touchdown passes in his NFL starting debut, Rashad Jennings had an 80-yard touchdown run and the defense set up two scores with takeaways and kept the Houston Texans out of the end zone in the fourth quarter for a 28-23 win Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

The Raiders, 4-6, were 0-4 on the road coming in and had lost eight straight under coach Dennis Allen dating back to last season.

“Obviously we were all aware of what our road woes have been,’’ Allen said. “But I’ve said this all along, we’ve kept putting ourselves in position in the fourth quarter to win games. Today was one of those times we were able to pull through and finish it.’’

The Raiders needed a stand inside of two minutes to hold on and send the reeling Texans to 2-8, and did so in the same end zone where Michael Huff intercepted a pass on the game’s final play to beat Houston 25-20 on Oct. 9, 2011 the day after owner Al Davis passed away.

This time, quarterback Matt Schaub, who replaced starter Case Keenum in the second half, threw incomplete in the middle of the end zone with Usama Young defending on fourth-and-7 from the 8-yard line.

Houston had gotten as close as third-and-1 from the 2-yard line only to be stuffed for a 1-yard loss by Kevin Burnett and then commit a false start.

It sent a crowd of 71,726 home disappointed as Houston lost its eighth straight game.

McGloin, undrafted out of Penn State, was 18 of 32 for 197 yards and touchdown passes of 5 yards to Denarius Moore, 16 yards to Rod Streater and 26 yards to rookie tight end Mychal Rivera.

The Raiders’ 15th starting quarterback since Rich Gannon was injured in 2005, McGloin, who played in place of the injured and ill Terrelle Pryor, came as advertised in terms of controlling the game and making decisions.

He had at least four passes dropped and did not throw an interception.

“I’m happy with the way they’ve embraced me and accepted me coming into the starting role,’’ McGloin said. “I don’t think I had to win them over or anything like that . . . it really wasn’t a `win me over’ situation.’ ‘’

Jennings, whose 80-yard scoring run after taking a direct snap from center put the Raiders up 28-17 with 2:26 left in the third quarter and stood up as the winning points, had 22 carries for 150 yards.

Allen said he hadn’t talked a lot about the road issues, but free safety Charles Woodson said it was something everyone was aware of.

“We haven’t talked about it much, but guys realize we haven’t won away from home,’’ Woodson said. “If we’re going to be a good team and talk about getting better, we’ve got to be able to go on the road and get a win, so that was big for us today.’’

The hang-on-for-dear-life finish came after another fast start, with the Raiders’ defense presenting McGloin with the gift of two possessions at the 16-yard line. The first came when Woodson stripped tight end Garrett Graham following a completion, with Phillip Adams returning the fumble to the 16.

On third-and-5, McGloin’s first pass as an NFL starter went for a 5-yard touchdown to Moore.

Later in the quarter, rookie defensive tackle Stacy McGee hit Keenum as he threw with the resulting floater picked off by Nick Roach and returned to the 16. On the next play, McGloin hit Streater for a touchdown.

Houston countered in the second quarter with a 42-yard Keenum to a wide open Griffin on a broken play, an 87-yard punt return by Keshawn Martin and a 51-yard Randy Bullock field goal to take a 17-14 lead.

The Raiders took control again in the third quarter. McGloin’s 26-yard strike to Mychal Rivera on first-and-20 put Oakland up 21-17, with Jennings stream-rolling safety D.J. Swearinger and getting blocks from Marcel Reece and Mike Brisiel on his career-long 80-yard touchdown run.

Houston got into the red zone three times in the fourth quarter three times in the fourth quarter and came away with only two field goals.

Houston coach Gary Kubiak, coaching from the press box in his first game back after suffering a mini-stroke, cited two problem areas which have plagued the Texans all season.

“You look at the turnovers and them being good in the red zone and us being bad in the red zone,’’ Kubiak said. “Still, if we can line up and get a yard at the end of the game, we win. But we didn’t do it.’’

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  • _Mista_

    LMFAO

  • _Mista_

    When you 2 cross posting tr0lls get done tongue kissing each other go take your meds and let your grandma have her PC back.

  • _Mista_

    Matt McLovin

  • alex7

    great hands, can run, possible slot WR, but injuries would likely double with the different types of hits he’d take at that position compared to RB.

  • Raider_Riff

    Lefty, your not the “clowns” Im referring too and you know it.

    Just the same as I know you dont put me in the same category as Mistic and others that blindly support Pryor just because he’s black.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I think we will see both McGloin and Pryor behind center this year.
    McGloin starting and Pryor coming in for a series or two each game plus a few plays.

  • _Mista_

    Reece needs to be a TE. DMAC needs a change of scenery.

  • Raider_Riff

    That said, I think it’s pretty obvious he’s going to start McGloin.

    It’s up to TP2 to continue working as hard as he did to get the job.

    He better not mentally go in the tank. His career is far from over.

  • alex7

    Yep, that was the coaches’ original plan. Pryor as the package QB for specific run plays.

  • rifflicks

    Reese is in the right position

  • _Mista_

    On top of your mom?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    McGloin is much better in the red zone than Pryor, could see where Pryor is the QB until we reach the opponent’s thirty

  • rifflicks

    it is as a QB

  • Raider_Riff

    Actually, that’s all he does.

    Something SPECTACULAR followed by weeks of nothing.

    Does kinda make you say “wow”.

  • rifflicks

    BWAHAHAHA

  • RaidingTexas

    LOL good point

  • lefty12

    He is signed thru next year.

  • rifflicks

    NO … balls on your chin

  • spiff

    sounds like the team as a whole is pretty fired up for mcgloin, 28 points. 3 td’s in first start. if he keeps it up we can steal that final wild card spot.

  • _Mista_

    W’s

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Whatchu laughin about Wifflicx?

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Riffdicks just krapped his sweat pants laughing over that one

    Sorry nerd, just had to state the obvious, shout out to Wu Tang

  • rifflicks

    how about winning 2 games in a row first?

  • RaidingTexas

    One game at a time. And they would still need a little help with Miami a game ahead. But the Raiders can win tiebreakers over SD and NYJ if they take care of business from here out.

  • lefty12

    True

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    From the newpost.

    Also, McGloin joined former Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich as the
    only other rookie — drafted or not — since the league merger in 1970
    with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions in his first NFL
    start.

  • RaidingTexas

    Exactly. But it’s not too early to scoreboard watch to see how the other teams in play for WC #2 are doing.

  • RaidingTexas

    Or you could just tell us “New post” lol

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    McgLoin,a cut above.

  • spiff

    I did say if…………

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Open competition in your meth lab for an addict with a brain left.

  • Raider_Riff

    Yep. Im not falling for this again.

    I got jacked up and against KC and the OL let us down

    I got jacked up and against Philly our D got clobbered

    Not going to do it again until we have a roster worthy of it. Which we dont, and wont until next season.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Says the troll who hijacked everyone’s screen name in the old blog format.

    Douche!

  • _Mista_

    Rifflickballs just does what his puppet master tells him to do.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    We defeat Tennessee, New York, and San Diego (whom we’ve already beaten as well as Pittsburg) Raiders will have secured the tie breakers for the most part.
    gives the Raiders head to head against each of these
    gives the Raiders at the least a 7-5 AFC conference record; which only Miami would be able to beat or match. We need them to lose at least one more than us anyway so that would put us right next to them.

  • krawf

    I must admit McGeezy did his thing yesterday,converted the Texans turnovers into points,did a gud job of managing the game,responded when the Texans went up with a td pass of his own.If he is named our starter he has my support fully.Im just hoping the production doesnt tail off once d coordinators get some game film on him….Jus Win Baby

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Nobody asked you meth head tranny 1/2 tard.

  • krawf

    Jus dont go straight when you come to the fork in the road like Marinovich did McGeezy,LoL

  • _Mista_

    Rifflicks answer for 666. 666 answers for SeyGlen. SeyGlen answers for 666. One idiotic cross posting tr0ll entertaining himself 18hrs a day on this blog.

  • seymour bush

    The idiot has landed.

  • alex7

    Production will likely tail off a bit, not expecting 3 TDs a game, but the kid is smart (Penn State grads usually are) and will learn and counter what D’s do down the road.

    Give him the same 3 years as Pryor and he’ll probably be fine. Will be fun to watch though! No young good QBs in my lifetime (too young when Schroeder was traded for).

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    He knows a letter and tomorrow he will be forming a whole word….Hope he sleeps at a Holiday Inn tonight with that pea brain he may crush the last brain cell he has trying to figure that out.

  • _Mista_

    RapingTexas when you gonna standup for SeaPerch?

  • seymour bush

    he probably stays at one of those Motel 6′s where they deal meth out of the place all night.

  • krawf

    LoL, trust me when i tell you Schroeder wasnt very good,we had a kickass defense and a very strong run game.Washington got the better of us in that trade JimLachey was a badass O lineman,real talk

  • alex7

    new post

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Makes you wonder how many old men he has to pleasure in the back alleys of Hayward just to make his Motel 6 rent every month.

  • RaiderGuy50

    Matt was on 95.7 the game today for interview. He said that he has started to look at titans film. I like his work ethic too. DA has not talked to TP to “see where he’s at” DA likes to hold the cards close to the vest. I like tp 2 but you have to go with the hot hand.

  • RaiderGuy50

    I second

  • funnyfalcon

    Consistency is the key.