Texans hold slim edge over Bills at halftime


Mario Williams was greeted with boos in his return to Houston, but he came up with a sack to help his team stay close to the Texans.

Houston was leading 7-0 and driving again in the second quarter when Williams dropped Matt Schaub to halt the offensive progress. A subsequent false start penalty pushed the Texans further back and Alex Carrington wound up blocking a long Shayne Graham field goal attempt. The game looked like it was starting to go the Texans’ way until that point, but the Bills have answered back with a pair of field goals to cut the lead to 7-6 at the half.

Both drives could have ended with more points, but a false start penalty and a J.J. Watt sack forced the Bills to turn to Rian Lindell twice. They’ve had good offensive success against the Houston defense, with 52 yards on 11 carries and 144 passing yards for Matt Schaub. Overall, they’ve gained 189 yards, but they haven’t been able to translate them into enough points.

The Texans have done very well on the ground — 62 yards on seven Arian Foster carries — but they opted to have Schaub throw three times before punting on their possession between the two Buffalo kicks. Whichever team finds a way to get their offensive positives to pay off in touchdowns will wind up the winner in Houston.