Wrap-up: Texans 21, Bills 9
November, 4, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Thoughts on the Texans’ 21-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Reliant Stadium:
What it means: Houston boosted its record to 7-1, continuing to rank as the AFC’s best team with an efficient win over the visiting Bills.
What I liked, offense: The Texans' three stars on offense shined. Matt Schaub hit on 19 of 27 passes for 268 yards with two touchdowns and a 126.8 passer rating. Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 118 yards. And Arian Foster carried 24 times for 111 yards and a touchdown -- he’s now scored a TD in nine consecutive home games. The big three need to carry the offense at times, and they showed themselves completely capable of the task against an inferior team in this game.
What I liked, defense: No touchdowns allowed is always a very good thing. And third-down defense was big, allowing the Bills to convert just twice in 11 chances. J.J. Watt got back in the sack column and added four more quarterback hits while rookie outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus forced a fumble when he sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Better: The Bills are an excellent punt- and kickoff-return team, but in eight chances against the Texans, who’ve been emphasizing improvement, they gained only 89 yards. The Texans, meanwhile, took six chances on 96 yards. Still, there was a big special-teams mistake as Shayne Graham’s 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Familiar visitor: Mario Williams, who jumped to the Bills as a high-priced free agent in the offseason, had a sack of Schaub, another tackle for a loss and seven total tackles.
What’s next: The Texans head to Chicago for a "Sunday Night Football" showdown against the 7-1 Bears. The Texans have been in game-of-the-year scenarios twice before this season, and they got blown out by the Packers and blew out the Ravens.