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Bad officiating dominates in Raiders’ win over Texans

Brock Osweiler

The Oakland Raiders beat the Houston Texans 27-20 in Monday night’s matchup at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City – a game that will be remembered for its bad officiating.

On Houston’s opening drive, receiver DeAndre Hopkins ran for a 60-yard touchdown but was called out of bounds. Watching the replay, it’s clear he didn’t step out of bounds at all. Apparently none of the officials watched the instant replay, however, because the call stood and Texans coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t allowed to challenge it.

Another bad call against the Texans came in the fourth quarter. With the score tied 20-20, Houston handed off to Lamar Miller on third-and-2 from the Raiders’ 16-yard line. It looked like he had the yardage when he got pushed out, but officials said no. O’Brien challenged the call, but it was upheld. Then the Raiders scored to win the game.

Osweiler shows improvement

Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler showed some improvement in Monday’s game, but obviously it wasn’t enough to lead the Texans to a win (bad calls or not). He finished 26-of-39 for 246 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

“I think we played good football, offensively,” Osweiler said. “There was certainly a couple of mistakes, my turnover late in the second quarter. That’s something I can’t do … We certainly need to capitalize on touchdowns when we get in the red area. But I think, overall, we played a much better offensive game this week, and I think we improved.”

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