In Week 9 last season, Ron Dayne filled in for injured starter Ahman Green and rushed for 121 yards and one touchdown, helping the Texans defeat the host Raiders 24-17.
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Andre on a roll:Andre Johnson had a franchise-record 207 receiving yards last week, adding to what has been a career season and proving that when he's healthy, he's one of the elite wideouts in the league. This week, he'll see plenty of Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Based on Johnson's performance against Titans DBs Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin last week, it doesn't appear anyone can slow him down these days.
A sharp Schaub:Texans QB Matt Schaub has shown no rust since returning from a knee injury the past two weeks, totaling 698 passing yards. Johnson, for one, is certainly happy to see Schaub back under center. Johnson has averaged 107.2 receiving yards in the nine games that Schaub has started, compared to 88.6 in five games catching passes from Sage Rosenfels.
Miller returning kicks: Oakland's Justin Miller returned his second kickoff for a touchdown in as many weeks last week, proving to be a wise pickup off waivers before Week 11. A former Pro Bowl player with the Jets, Miller has allowed Johnnie Lee Higgins to concentrate on punt returns and thrive as a wide receiver.
Did you know?
The Texans are riding their first single-season four-game winning streak in franchise history. ... Houston is 61 points shy of breaking its single-season scoring record (379, set in 2007). ... Raiders DE Trevor Scott leads all rookies with five sacks. ... The Texans and Raiders both have been eliminated from playoff contention. For a complete look at the NFL playoff picture, click here.