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Quick whistle may have cost Texans an early touchdown

Houston Texans v Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 09: Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans walks out onto the field before the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Texans 32-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Texans got the ball first and have an early 3-0 lead over the Raiders Monday night, but the Texans believe they should be up 7-0.

Early in the drive DeAndre Hopkins caught a pass from Brock Osweiler and turned along the sideline. Hopkins shook one defender and got free up the sideline, but he was ruled out of bounds at the Raiders’ 40-yard line for a gain of 26.

Replays shown on the ESPN broadcast made it appear that Hopkins stayed inbounds. The Texans tried to challenge, but it’s not a play that can be challenged because the play was whistled dead when one of the officials determined that Hopkins was out of bounds.

Maybe it was a quick whistle, or maybe the official had a bad angle, but without a comprehensive review from replay officials we’ll never know. The Texans stalled, as they’ve done often this season, and Nick Novak eventually kicked a 32-yard field goal.

As is, the drive covered 61 yards in 13 plays and 6:26.