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Oakland Raiders beat Houston Texans in Mexico in controversial game

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The Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans were in Mexico for Monday Night Football this week and the game ended in a controversial fashion. The Raiders got the 27-20 win but not after some questionable calls from the officials throughout the game.

The Texans had the 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter but got shut out the rest of the game. Two touchdowns from Derek Carr was the difference as the Raiders quarterback finished with 295 yards on 21-of-31 completions for a total of three TDs and one interception.

Jamize Olawale was Carr’s top target in this one with 90 yards on just three catches. A Carr to Olawale 75-yard touchdown tied the game at 20-20 with 10:44 to go in the game. Another long touchdown, a 35-yarder to Amari Cooper (57 yards on 4 receptions) gave the Raiders the lead with about five minutes to go in the game.

Controversial calls went against Texans

“I considered challenging many plays. Let’s go back to the first quarter,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien stated via Yahoo Sports.

“Was Hopkins out of bounds on that play? No. I’m not going to sit up here and get fined. I’m just a third-year coach in the NFL. But I think we really have to look at all those things. We have all these cameras, and we can’t get that right?”

Lamar Miller led the Texans with 104 rushing yards on 24 carries and one TD. Brock Osweiler had 243 passing yards on 26-of-39 completions but only had 1 TD and an interception.

Despite the loss, the Houston Texans (6-4) remained the leaders in the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders improved to 8-2 to lead the AFC West.

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