Oakland Raiders

Raiders continue down losing path

Veteran safety Charles Woodson knows not much was expected of the Raiders this season by most outside the organization.

And all Woodson can do is shake his head as he sees the Raiders prove the pundits right.

The Raiders dropped to 0-2 with a lackluster showing in their home opener, a 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

The offense had four turnovers and the defense offered little resistance as the Raiders looked every bit the worst team in the NFL as some predicted they would be.

“It’s frustrating because everything other people say about you, you’re making them right,” Woodson said. “It’s almost like you’re allowing other people to write your story, and we’re not going out there and doing anything about it. It’s hard. I’m really embarrassed.”

The Raiders believed a roster bolstered by veterans they hoped still had some playmaking ability would make the team better. But the Texans ran the ball at will. And when Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passed, he was rarely bothered by the defense.

Houston opened the game by going 80 yards with relative ease in 10 plays for a touchdown, capping the drive when Fitzpatrick found defensive end J.J. Watt, in the game at tight end, wide open in the end zone for a 1-yard score.

Arian Foster scored the next Houston touchdown on a 5-yard run late in the first quarter and the rout was on as the Texans built a 27-0 lead in the third quarter.

“When I came into the stadium on the bus and I saw the fans there,” Woodson said. “Everybody’s optimistic. It’s our first home game and they’re excited to see their Raiders. And what was that we put out there on the field? That’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed for this team, I’m embarrassed for the fans and the thing about it, I’m a part of it.”

Raiders coach Dennis Allen summed up the day with: “That’s a recipe for getting your butt kicked.”

He added: “We’ve got to make a conscious decision that we want to get this thing changed.”

Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr passed for 263 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions. And in another sign the offense had problems, Carr was the Raiders’ leading rusher with 58 yards, 41 coming on one run.

“When they scored (early) we had to get away from our runs,” Carr said.

Carr’s 57 rushing yards lead the team through two games.

Tight end Mychal Rivera fumbled as did wide receiver James Jones, who fumbled twice on the same play before losing the ball at the Texans’ 4-yard line before halftime.

The Texans (2-0) had no turnovers.

Foster ran for 138 yards and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick completed 14 of 19 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Allen was left searching for ways to fix the many problems on both sides of the ball after what he believes was a good week of preparation.

“We had a good week of practice, and to come out and play like we did is ... we need a change,” Allen said. “We need to do better because we’re a better football team than we put on the field (Sunday).”

What changes need to be made are up for discussion.

“Something’s got to be done,” Woodson said. “I don’t know what it is, but we’ve got to do better.”

Next for the Raiders are the New England Patriots on the road followed by the Miami Dolphins in London.

Being blocked too easily, being out of position and turnovers are things the Raiders must fix if they hope to enter their bye week better than 0-4.

“I think the mistakes are correctable, but we said that last week,” Woodson said. “How many weeks in a row are we going to say the mistakes are correctable before we get to a point where you realize they aren’t correctable? I don’t know.”

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