OAKLAND, Calif. -- J.J. Watt has spent his NFL career disrupting offenses, batting down passes and piling up sacks.
Now there's another skill he can bring to the table.
Instead of controlling the game from his usual defensive end position, Watt made his biggest impact on the opening drive. He lined up as a tight end and caught a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to get Houston (2-0) started.
"Any way I can help the team win," Watt said. "If that's a way that I can help the team and continue to help the team, then I'll do that."
The home opener for the Raiders (0-2) hardly could have gone worse as they fell behind 27-0 after three quarters.
Fitzpatrick finished 14 for 19 for 139 yards to beat the Raiders for the third time in as many starts with as many teams. He led last-minute comebacks for Buffalo in 2011 and Tennessee last season before enjoying an easier win this time.
"We're very fortunate and happy to be 2-0, but we've got to keep getting better," Fitzpatrick said. "I've got to get better. They've got to get better and hopefully keep heading down that path."
The frustration for the home crowd that has endured 11 straight seasons without a winning record began on the opening drive. The Texans easily moved the ball downfield with help from Foster's 40-yard run.
On second-and-goal at the 1, Watt lined up at tight end and was wide open in the end zone when two Oakland defenders covered Foster. Watt caught his first pass since his days as a tight end at Central Michigan in 2007 to give the Texans the lead.
"We've been working on that for a while," O'Brien said. "Look, you've got a guy there who is such a great athlete at 6-foot-7, 290 pounds. He's got really good hands. You should probably try to get him in there once in a while on offense."
Watt didn't do much defensively until his hit on Carr led to an interception by Brooks Reed late in the fourth quarter.
Foster, who has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in his return from back surgery, scored on a 5-yard run on Houston's second drive to make it 14-0.
"That's a recipe for getting your butt kicked," coach Dennis Allen said. "I told the players in there just now, the only people that can change it are the people that are in that locker room, coaches and players. We've got to make a conscious decision to get this thing changed."
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