Buffalo’s defense stymied the Tennessee Titans’ offense all day and the offense did just enough to pull out their second victory of the season, 13-12, last weekend.
Houston needed overtime for the second straight week to secure a 19-16 win against their upstate rivals from Dallas.
Neither win was convincing. Both showed their defenses are coming around nicely. Both also showed their offenses need some work. Which team can pull it together and win their head-to-head matchup in Houston?
With LeSean McCoy the sole threat on a team without a functional offensive line to protect a rookie quarterback whose receivers take too much time to get open, Buffalo better hope its defense can keep Deshaun Watson from getting comfortable.
Houston has the superior weapons on offense and their strengthening defense needs to keep Josh Allen from running to hold serve. It looks like advantage: Texans… but that’s why we play the games.
Injuries and roster moves:
Bills cornerback Tre’Darious White injured his ankle and was limited in practice Wednesday. He joins safeties Micah Hyde (groin) and Rafael Bush (undisclosed) as questionable for Sunday’s game.
They help form one of the Bills’ strengths on defense. Against DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Keke Coutee, if any or all of them sit out, the game might be over quickly.
Houston’s offensive line has not done much to help its backs. Both Deshaun Watson and rusher Lamar Miller are nursing chest injuries from the multiple hits they absorb. Both are expected to take the field against the Bills.
Sean McDermott is not enjoying nearly the time of it he had in his rookie season when he guided the Bills to a surprise playoff appearance. His gamble on AJ McCarron ended in the free agent being cut before the season. Nathan Peterman let him down twice.
This week, the team signed veteran backup Derek Anderson to provide a peer for Josh Allen to talk to. It can’t hurt.
Bill O’Brien seemed to work miracles with non-NFL quarterbacks, guiding the Texans to three straight 9-7 records before the miracles ran out in a 4-12 season a year ago. But Deshaun Jackson showed enough in a brief stint that year to have Texans fans thinking big in 2018.
Certainly bigger than 2-3. The offensive line is the issue this year, but after two straight overtime wins, Obrien might be adapting to the situation. He still has a chance to top his 9-7 habit, which he might need to.
How to watch the Texans-Bills game
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Who will win the Texans-Bills game?
Buffalo’s defense provided most of the spark in their two victories to date. Even after raising their record to 2-3, rumors abound that the Bills will deal their best offensive weapon, LeSean McCoy, as their massive rebuild continues.
Houston wants to win now. They have several defensive stars in their prime and a solid receiving corps for their young budding quarterback. That should be enough to keep their roll going.
Final score: Texans 20, Bills 6