The Houston Texans will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon where the both the Texans and the Bills are looking to earn their third win of the season.
The Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans are both at 2-3 overall entering Week 6 but for the Texans they are not only the favorites by the Las Vegas experts, but on paper they are the better overall team as well.
Entering this Week 6 game, the Texans have seen quarterback Deshaun Watson get hit way too much, but he’s still producing solid passing numbers with three straight games of over 300-plus passing yards. He had 385 passing yards last Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, then in the two previous weeks Watson passed for 375 yards against both the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants.
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As for Buffalo, they aren’t producing many points this season, averaging 12.6 points per game (32nd in the NFL), with 221.2 yards per game offensively (31st in NFL) and 121.8 yards per game passing (32nd in NFL). The Bills are also 20th in the NFL in rushing with 99.4 yards per game rushing.
Since Josh Allen has taken over for Nathan Peterman as the quarterback of the Bills he has completed 53.3 percent of his passes (65-of-122) for 748 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions in his rookie season. He’s already been sacked 19 times in five games (four starts) and has rushed for three touchdowns, but also has four fumbles (one lost).
The Bills have struggled this season, but so have the Texans, the only difference is the Texans have seen all five of their results be a single digit differential. The Bills have seen a variety of results with their three losses coming against the Baltimore Ravens (47-3), Los Angeles Chargers (31-20) and Green Bay Packers (22-0).
It will be an interesting Sunday for the Texans when they host the Bills, but it should be a game the Texans win. Here are headlines for both the Texans and Bills for Thursday.
• Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com wrote that it was a big week for the Texans as they have won their past two games. Sidhu wrote the following:
"“DeAndre Hopkins, currently the NFL leader in receiving yards (594), will face second-year cornerback Tre’Davious White. Last year, White led all rookies in passes defensed (18) and forced five fourth-quarter turnovers.”"
I can’t wait to see this matchup for the Texans and Bills as it will be exciting to watch when the veteran Hopkins battles the second-year player White in what will be a game-changing matchup. White this season has 16 tackles, but no interceptions and four passes defensed though five games.
• Chris Trapasso of The Buffalo News wrote how the Bills’ 4-3 defense made a triumph return when the Bills faced the Tennessee Titans. Trapasso wrote:
"“Both the 4-3 under and over were stingy against the run, allowing a combined 41 yards on 14 carries, which equates to a 2.92 yards-per-carry average.”"
Earlier in the season the Bills didn’t use the 4-3 look as their base defense and their defense struggled. Since then it has been a bit better for Buffalo and it will be interesting to see how the Bills’ version of the defensive look plays against the Texans offense who have had their ups-and-downs this season.
• Nick Wojton of BillsWire has five storylines for the upcoming game against the Texans, including one being “is the Bills’ rushing game for real.” Wojton wrote the following about the rushing attack of Buffalo from last week:
"“Overall, Buffalo had 144 total rushing yards. However, it was by far LeSean McCoy’s best game and most involvement of the season.”"
McCoy isn’t the same player he once was as the veteran running back is still a solid player, but not at the level he once was. McCoy might have had an 85-yard game rushing against the Titans in Week 5, but before that he had a five carry, 24-yard game against the Packers. Before the Packers game, McCoy carried the ball just nine times for 39 yards. This season McCoy has 45 carries for 170 yards, averaging 3.8 yards per carry with no touchdowns.
I don’t believe the rushing game of the Bills just yet, at least with McCoy. If the Texans can hold Ezekiel Elliott like they did last Sunday night to just over 50-plus yards, there isn’t any reason why they should struggle with McCoy this weekend.
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The overtime wins can make anyone nervous and that seemed to be the case for head coach Bill O’Brien. Winning is fun for the fans of the Texans, but maybe this weekend the team can win in regulation and not force fans through another overtime finish. A win would bring the Texans to .500 on the season, which is a good feat in itself after starting the year at 0-3.