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NFL Week 8 PFF ReFocused: Houston Texans 27, Oakland Raiders 24

Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans did just enough to come away with a 27-24 win against the Oakland Raiders in Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final score

Houston Texans 27, Oakland Raiders 24

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson did just enough to come away with the victory. He was able to scramble away from constant pressure to accumulate solid yardage on the ground, and he found open receivers while on the move on several occasions. The most important of those came when he was able to break away from a sack attempt to find tight end Darren Fells in the end zone for the game-winning score.

DeAndre Hopkins put together another excellent game as the focal point of the offense. However, it was his late second effort toward the tail end of the fourth quarter that will be remembered. As Hopkins extended for the first down with a three-point lead, cornerback Daryl Worley seemed to pry the ball from his hands. However, the play was ruled dead, and the Texans came away with the victory.

Gareon Conley was a huge factor in the outcome of this game. He was burned by his former teammate Tyrell Williams for a touchdown, but he made up for it on the Raiders' last offensive play when he broke up a pass to Williams that would've given Oakland a first down. Instead, it forced the Raiders to punt, and the Texans were able to run out the clock

Before going down with an injury, J.J. Watt was on his way to another solid game. He made multiple plays in the run game, including one huge tackle for loss on the play he ended up getting injured on.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr had a solid game, and he didn't make very many mistakes. He gave his receivers chances throughout the game, but he was also the benefactor of some great plays by his receivers. His touchdowns were largely because of missed tackles in the secondary and yards after the catch by his receivers.

Tyrell Williams was a huge part of the Raiders' offense and was one of Derek Carr's favorite targets. He had a huge touchdown, but he also could have made some more plays. He missed multiple chances to come down with some contested targets as he dropped a couple as he came to the ground.

While the defensive line played an excellent ballgame, the Oakland linebackers did not have their best game. Missed tackles, blown assignments and leaky coverages led to significant gains for the Texans.

Benson Mayowa found frequent success facing right tackle Chris Clark, and he forced Deshaun Watson to scramble with great frequency. However, luckily for Houston, Watson found success working outside of the pocket.

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