LAS VEGAS — Josh Jacobs rushed for 143 yards and three second-half touchdowns, leading the Raiders over the Houston Texans 38-20 on Sunday.
In a battle of one-win teams coming off byes, the Raiders (2-4) dominated the Texans (1-4-1) after halftime, outscoring them 28-10 behind 227 yards of offense, including 98 from Jacobs on the ground.
Jacobs carried 20 times with the TD runs from 4, 7 and 15 yards.
The Raiders erased a three-point, fourth-quarter deficit, scoring on four straight possessions before safety Duron Harmon sealed the win by intercepting Davis Mills and returning it 73 yards for a touchdown.
Derek Carr completed 21 of 27 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. Davante Adams had eight receptions for 95 yards.
Jacobs, who is playing for a contract after not having his fifth-year option picked up before the season, has rushed for 441 yards in his last three games. He became the first Raider to rush for more than 100 yards in three straight games since Napoleon Kaufman in 1997. Jacobs is the sixth player in the past six seasons with three 100-plus-yard rushing games in a row.
It was his second career game with three rushing TDs. The first was a 34-30 win at Carolina on Sept. 13, 2020.
Mills completed 28 of 40 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns, along with his pick-6 to Harmon. Dameon Pierce led the Texans’ rushing attack with 92 yards on 20 carries.
Houston was productive in the first half, scoring on two of three possessions.
The Texans used a little more than six minutes over 13 plays to score the game’s first touchdown, with Mills finding Chris Moore in the flat for a 14-yard score.
Ka’imi Fairbairn, who missed from 39 yards on the Texans’ first drive, made a 55-yard field goal in the second quarter, the second-longest of his career.
Trailing 10-3, Carr methodically drove the Raiders downfield near the end of the half, eventually finding Mack Hollins, who had been listed as questionable. Hollins streaked down the middle and went up to grab Carr’s dart while splitting two defenders. The 26-yard catch capped a 10-play drive that tied the game at 10-10.
Both offenses got into a rhythm in the third quarter, trading touchdown drives while Fairbairn added a field goal to send Houston into the fourth quarter with a 20-17 lead. But Jacobs and the Raiders took over from there.