Final

Texans 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Bills 22

(1-0, 1-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 11, 2005

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 7 0 07
BUF 6 13 0 322

Top Performers

Passing: J. Losman (BUF) - 170 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: W. McGahee (BUF) - 22 CAR, 117 YDS

Receiving: L. Evans (BUF) - 3 REC, 68 YDS

Losman efficient in debut as Bills handle Texans

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Houston Texans seemed to use one word the most to describe their 22-7 loss to Buffalo on Sunday: embarrassing.

"It was embarrassing for our team, the fans, and our family," said Texans quarterback David Carr, who was 9-of-21 for 70 yards and three interceptions.

It was over when ...
The Bills built a 12-0 lead early in the second quarter behind four Rian Lindell field goals before the Texans managed a first down. Jason Peters then put the game out of reach when he caught a 1-yard TD pass from J.P. Losman to put the Bills up 19-7.
Game ball goes to ...
J.P. Losman. The second-year quarterback showed veteran poise, leading the Bills down field for scores in each of the team's first five posessions. He finished 17-of-28 for 170 yards and 1 TD and an 89.9 passer rating.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen A young quarterback has to understand his role in the offense and J.P. Losman showed he has a grasp of what the Bills want him to do. The coaching staff and organization has shown a great deal of confidence in him by eschewing Drew Bledsoe in the offseason and letting him throw the ball 28 times Sunday. If they didn't have confidence in him they would've limited his attempts. Instead, they let him be a weapon and he responded by not throwing any interceptions and having a good game. Losman has excellent receivers to throw to in Eric Moulds and Lee Evans and a great defense supporting him. He doesn't have to throw for 400 yards and he realizes that.
-- Eric Allen

Receiver Andre Johnson said players missed assignments and the team was hurt by turnovers and penalties. Johnson was most critical of the offense.

"I think we were embarrassing on offense. We just couldn't get anything going," said Johnson, a Pro Bowl receiver who was a non-factor in the game, finishing with three catches for 18 yards.

Sunday's game showed the 4-year-old Texans franchise might not be ready yet to shed its NFL expansion label.

Texans coach Dom Capers said his team started out slow and could never could get in rhythm.

Houston had seven possessions of three plays or less. The only score came on Carr's 1-yard scamper on fourth down in the second quarter -- and he barely made it, diving for the pylon as he was being tripped by linebacker London Fletcher

"I'm sure our offense isn't really confident coming out of this game, but they'll recover," Capers said.

The Bills managed to score only one touchdown, a 1-yard reception by Jason Peters. But Rian Lindell hit a career-high five field goals, one short of the franchise record set by Steve Christie in 1996.

It was the Bills defense that led the way, generating five turnovers, five sacks and limiting Houston to 120 yards.

Bills quarterback JP. Losman showed poise and confidence as he engineered scoring drives on each of Buffalo's first five possessions.

"To come out here on the first day and it worked, it was awesome," Losman said. "This was amazing man. ... Fans were going crazy and I got pumped up. It couldn't have been any better than I designed."

The second of Buffalo's two 2004 first-round draft picks finished 17-of-28 for 170 yards and a touchdown and with an 89.9 quarterback rating. That's a better rating than former starter Drew Bledsoe had in 11 of his 16 games last season with Buffalo.

"I'm here, I'm the starter now. It's my second year. We're going to get it rolling," Losman said.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson was happy.

"It was an impressive showing," Wilson said. "What can I say, he did a great job for the first start."

"We definitely stepped up today," Bills cornerback Nate Clements said.

Carr said the Bills' defense "was the best defense I've played against."

The Bills led 12-0 four minutes into the second quarter before the Texans gained their initial first down.

"That's as helpless as I've felt playing quarterback since I've been in the third grade," Carr said.

Bills safety Troy Vincent, who had two interceptions, said the unit could've done better. He was more happy with the team's offensive effort.

"It's always nice to see the young guy come along," Vincent said of Losman. "He was poised. ... He did a great job this week."

Losman acknowledged he wasn't too poised the night before, saying he took a sleeping pill to calm himself. The pill didn't work, Losman said, noting he was among the first to arrive at the stadium Sunday morning.

It didn't seem to have an effect. Losman hit 8 of his first 10 attempts, including a 42-yard completion to Lee Evans on the opening drive. The only knock was an inability to find the end zone. The Bills settled for field goals, including a 42-yarder, on their first four possessions.

Losman, however, did respond after the Texans cut the lead to 12-7.

Leaning on running back Willis McGahee, who accounted for 50 yards, Losman capped the 61-yard drive with a 1-yard pass to tackle-eligible Peters, who was wide open in the end zone. Losman got the Texans leaning the wrong way with a great fake handoff to McGahee.

"This is real big," Evans said. "For him to get off to a good start, it's key for us, especially for a young player, to come out and execute."

Game notes


Carr's 12.1 passer rating was the second-worst of his four-year career. He had an 8.2 rating in his second career game. ... The Bills won in style, wearing throwback blue-and-white uniforms and white helmets featuring a standing red buffalo, honoring Buffalo's 1965 AFL championship team. ... McGahee finished with 117 yards rushing, the eighth career 100-yard performance for the second-year starter. Buffalo improved to 8-0 when McGahee has 100 yards rushing. ... Houston RB Domanick Davis fumbled in the first quarter, his first fumble in 328 touches of the ball since the second game of last season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Houston
Buffalo
1st Downs1220
3rd down efficiency
3-103-14
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Yards120316
Yards per play2.44.9
Total Drives13
Passing25164
Comp-Att
9-2117-28
Yards per pass
1.25.9
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-451-6
Rushing95152
Rushing Attempts
2336
Yards per rush
4.14.2
Penalties6-3810-71
Turnovers50
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
30
Possession21:4538:15

Passing Leaders

HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr9/21703.3035-45
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Losman17/281706.1101-6

Rushing Leaders

HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis14483.407
Carr7405.7116
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee221175.3017
Losman6315.2019

Receiving Leaders

HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Bruener11919.0019
Johnson3186.0011
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans36822.7042
Moulds44010.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUBUF
FG5:36RIAN LINDELL 35 YD
Drive: 10 plays, 65 yds, 5:36
03
FG13:17RIAN LINDELL 21 YD
Drive: 9 plays, 63 yds, 5:45
06
SECOND QUARTERHOUBUF
FG1:03RIAN LINDELL 42 YD 09
FG3:53RIAN LINDELL 39 YD
Drive: 4 plays, 6 yds, 2:34
012
TD8:23DAVID CARR 1 YD RUN (KRIS BROWN KICK)
Drive: 12 plays, 75 yds, 4:30
712
TD14:31JASON PETERS 1 YD PASS FROM J.P. LOSMAN (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
Drive: 11 plays, 61 yds, 6:08
719
FOURTH QUARTERHOUBUF
FG7:49RIAN LINDELL 31 YD
Drive: 6 plays, 10 yds, 2:21
722