OAKLAND -- Coach Gary Kubiak admits he has never been part of a game quite like the one his Houston Texans played when they came to Oakland a year ago.
Despite failing to complete a pass in the second half and finishing with minus-5 yards passing, the Texans somehow managed to beat the Raiders 23-14 in a game that reached new lows in ugliness.
"It's as strange as I've ever been around," Kubiak said. "It was not very pretty."
It's unlikely the Texans (3-5) could win again when the teams meet today with such a putrid passing attack considering that only four other teams have won games with negative yards passing since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
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Houston became the first team in 25 years to win with such a stat as David Carr went 7-for-14 for 32 yards and was sacked five times for 37 yards. It was that kind of performance that led to the decision to cut ties with the team's first draft pick ever and acquire Matt Schaub from Atlanta in the offseason.
With Schaub at the helm, the Texans won their first two games. But they have dropped five of six since and Schaub will miss today's game after suffering a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit last week against San Diego. Sage Rosenfels will make his third career start in Schaub's place.
The Raiders lost last season's game despite outgaining Houston 302-124 in total yards. They committed five turnovers, missed three field goals and allowed five sacks in a performance indicative of the offensive struggles under coach Art Shell.
The Raiders (2-5) started 2-2 under new coach Lane Kiffin, but have dropped three straight since the bye.
"Right now our record isn't where we want it to be, but every week you have a different challenge and that's the whole thing about this game that we play," defensive tackle Warren Sapp said.
Oakland is switching quarterbacks again, too, going back to Josh McCown. Daunte Culpepper won twice after McCown broke a toe on his left foot, but is returning to the backup role.
What doomed the Raiders in the loss to Houston last year was the same thing that has hindered them during their three-game losing streak. The team has been mistake-prone with seven turnovers and 27 penalties during the skid.
The Raiders also were unable to stop the run even when everyone knew the Texans were done trying to pass. Ron Dayne, who had 183 yards rushing in Houston's first 11 games last year, ran for 83 of his 95 yards in the second half.
Once again, the teams head into this meeting with the Raiders struggling to stop the run and the Texans unable to gain yards on the ground. Oakland is allowing a league-worst 5.3 yards per carry, while Houston is second-to-last on offense, gaining 3.2 yards per carry.
"I guess they can fix what ails them and we can try to fix what ails us," Sapp said.