SEABASS TIES RECORD: K Sebastian Janikowski continued his record-setting ways at Houston on October 9, becoming just the fifth kicker in NFL history to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in one game. Janikowski booted field goals from 55, 54 and 50 yards out and added a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter. His 55-yard field goal marked the longest ever against the Texans at Reliant Stadium.
CAREER-HIGH IN CATCHES FOR DHB: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a career-high seven passes during the Raiders' 25-20 win over the Texans in Houston on October 9. Included in that performance was a 34-yard score in which he caught a short pass, broke a tackle and raced upfield, beating defenders to the end zone just before halftime. Heyward-Bey also set a career high in receiving yardage this year with 115 yards against the New England Patriots on October 2 at O.co Coliseum.
BLOCK THAT KICK: LB Bruce Davis II blocked a punt that led to a Sebastian Janikowski field goal during the Raiders' 25-20 win over the Texans in Houston on October 9. Davis' block marked the second time this season that the Raiders punt return unit has gotten its hands on the ball. LB Darryl Blackstock also blocked a punt in the season opener at Denver on September 12.
I-N-T: DE Lamarr Houston hauled in a tipped pass and returned it 15 yards to set up the Raiders' first points of the game, a Sebastian Janikowski field goal during the 25-20 Silver and Black win over the Texans in Houston on October 9. It was Houston's first interception of his NFL career and the first by a Raider lineman since DT Terdell Sands intercepted a pass on October 22, 2006 versus the Arizona Cardinals.
HUFF SAVES THE DAY: S Michael Huff intercepted a pass—the second for the Raiders on the day—in the end zone to seal the win during the Raiders' 25-20 win over the Texans in Houston on October 9. The interception was Huff's first in 2011 and the eighth of his NFL career.
ROCK'S FAKE: RB Rock Cartwright took a direct snap on a fake punt in the fourth quarter at Houston on October 9 and scampered 35 yards for a first down. The fourth down play sustained a drive that would result in a Raiders field goal.
WORKING FOR TIPS: The Raiders tipped seven passes at the line of scrimmage in the victory at Houston on October 9 and recorded nine total passes defensed. DT Richard Seymour recorded two tips in the contest and DT John Henderson tipped a pass that was intercepted by DE Lamarr Houston and led to field goal.
SEYMOUR'S SACK PARTY: DT Richard Seymour recorded his second multiple-sack game of the season and his fifth multiple-sack game as a Raider, when he posted two sacks in the Silver and Black's 25-20 win at Houston on October 9. Seymour also recorded two sacks in the season opener at Denver on September 12 and leads the team with five sacks on the season. His 2011 sack total is tied for first in the AFC, tied for first in the league among interior lineman and tied for fourth in the NFL. He also set a personal season high with five tackles against the Texans.
LEADING THE WAY: With 51 yards on 16 carries against the Texans, RB Darren McFadden continues to lead the NFL in rushing with 519 yards on 91 carries. He also leads the Raiders in receptions with 17.
IN THE RED ZONE: The Raiders rank third in the NFL in red zone efficiency with an almost-70 percent (68.8) touchdown percentage in the red zone so far this season.
GETTING TO THE QB: The Oakland Raiders have sacked opposing quarterbacks 14 times in just five games. The Silver and Black were among the league leaders in 2010 with 47 sacks.
DOUBLE TDS FOR CAMPBELL: QB Jason Campbell passed for two touchdowns, a 34-yard pass to WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and an 18-yard strike to WR Chaz Schilens, at Houston on October 9. It marked the second time this season that Campbell has passed for multiple touchdowns in a game, with the first coming at Buffalo on September 18. Campbell passed for multiple touchdowns on four occasions last season.
BRANCH TOPS TACKLE CHART: SS Tyvon Branch looks to lead the Raiders in tackles for the second straight season and is off to a good start, pacing the defensive unit with 39 total tackles (26). LB Rolando McClain is second on the team with 34 tackles (23 solo) and S Matt Giordano is third on the team with 23 stops (15). LB Quentin Groves and S Jerome Boyd each have 19 tackles this season.
SACK LEADERS: DT Richard Seymour leads the team with five sacks so far this season. He now has 14.5 sacks during his time with the Silver and Black. DT Tommy Kelly ranks second on the team with 2.5 sacks, while DE Jarvis Moss has been credited with 1.5 sacks so far this year.