ARLINGTON, Texas -- Raiders coach Tom Cable doesn't hide the fact that he drafted defensive end Lamarr Houston in the second round in April for a reason. That is, to play right away and provide a spark on defense.
Houston validated Cable's confidence in him by recording two sacks within a seven-play span on the Dallas Cowboys' opening drive Thursday night.
Houston's sacks owed as much to Oakland's solid pass coverage as to his ability to shed the blocks of right tackle Marc Colombo. Just the same, he showed that he isn't overmatched.
"When you get coverage from guys like Nnamdi (Asomugha), Michael Huff and Chris Johnson, it's easy to get back there when you get more than three seconds," Houston said. "Thanks to those guys (for me getting) all the glory for the sacks."