Marcus Allen rushed for 96 yards and Jim Plunkett threw for 229 more today to help the Los Angeles Raiders overcome errors and defeat the Houston Oilers, 20-6.
The Raiders (2-0) dominated throughout in a game played in heat approaching 100 degrees, but mistakes kept Houston close for much of the contest. Allen fumbled twice in the third period and Chris Bahr missed three field goals.
Allen carried 17 times and keyed the Raiders' first scoring drive. Plunkett hit 19 of 28 passes and had two interceptions.
Larry Moriarty led Houston running with 84 yards on six carries, and backup running back Donnie Craft rushed for 53 yards on 19 carries.
Houston (0-2) played without star running back Earl Campbell, who dressed but saw no action because of a sprained knee, injured last week in the Oilers' loss to Green Bay.
The Raiders led, 13-3, entering the second half but Allen fumbled 57 seconds into the third period, giving Houston the ball on the Los Angeles 30. The Raiders got the ball back when tackle Bill Pickel deflected Archie Manning's pass, allowing teammate Rod Martin to pick it off at the 15.
Allen fumbled again on the next possession, but Florian Kempf had a 34-yard field goal attempt blocked by Ted Hendricks.