There wasn’t all that much spectacular about the Texans’ 21-9 win over the Bills on Sunday, but there wasn’t too much to dislike about it either.
The Texans rode a balanced offensive attack to an early lead and their defense never let the Bills capitalize on any chances to swing things back into their direction. The Texans were able to take advantage of their biggest chance to put the game firmly in their pocket, however. With the score 14-9 late in the third quarter, Matt Schaub directed a 6:30 drive that saw him complete all six of his passes on the way to a touchdown pass to Garrett Graham. Schaub had great success all day throwing to Andre Johnson and Arian Foster wound up with 111 yards and a touchdown in a 10th straight game.
Defensive end J.J. Watt had a sack, giving him 10.5 on the season. He’s the 11th player in history with 10+ sacks and 10+ passes defended in the same season. The Texans came up with their usual parade of batted and altered passes behind a pass rush that never let up until the game was in their pocket.
The Bills had plenty of opportunities to stop the Houston win from happening, but their offense was never able to complete a drive against the Texans defense. Whether you think the issue is Ryan Fitzpatrick or Chan Gailey or some other combination of things, the team doesn’t have the ability to take control of a game through the air and the Texans kept the running game from leading Buffalo into the lead.
With the win, the Texans set up quite a battle with the 7-1 Bears on NBC next Sunday night. They can’t be slugginsh out of the gate for that win and expect to find their way to a relatively stress-free victory.