Al Davis' fingerprints on Raiders' victory

The Oakland Raiders paid tribute to their late owner, Al Davis, on Sunday, first with a moment of silence, then with a 25-20 road victory over the Houston Texans, and finally with Coach Hue Jackson kneeling in the end zone and weeping after the game was over.

And while Davis was only there in spirit, many players that he took a chance on, and was even criticized for selecting, came up big in Sunday's emotional victory.

For example, only Davis would have taken a kicker in the first round, but Sebastian Janikowski became the first player in NFL history to make three 50-yard field goals in the same game.

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, considered a reach by many with the seventh overall pick in 2009, had seven receptions for 99 yards and a TD on Sunday.

And Michael Huff, who picked off Matt Schaub in the end zone to preserve the Oakland victory, was re-signed to a new contract just before the lockout by Davis.

On a day when the NFL paid tribute to Al Davis, some of the players he took gambles on paid the biggest respects of all to their legendary owner.

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