-- The Houston Texans won their second consecutive game Sunday with a 30-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders. It was the first time since their franchise debuted three seasons ago that the Texans have won two in a row.
The defense forced Kerry Collins into five turnovers, including each of his last four drives, and the offense capitalized to turn a tie game into a solid win. "Our team showed what we are capable of doing," defensive end Gary Walker said. "We set a standard for the rest of the season."
At 36 games, the Texans (2-2) needed longer than any expansion team to win consecutive games. They were 0 for 9 after wins before this strong showing. Houston scored its most points, created its most turnovers and responded well to a loud, disruptive crowd of 70,741, which was its second-largest.
"This was one we had to get," said David Carr, who was 14 of 23 for 228 yards, with a touchdown. "The thing is, we're one game back in the division. . . . We're trying to win a division and a championship. It shouldn't be shocking for me to say that."
Oakland (2-2) came in on a two-game win streak and an emotional, well-played win over Tampa Bay. Raiders fans were excited to see what the strong-armed Collins could do in Coach Norv Turner's passing offense in place of Rich Gannon.