What are the 3 main reasons the Houston Texans can shock the Buffalo Bills?
The secondary isn’t what it’s hyped up to be
Outside of Tre’Davious White at the cornerback spot and Jordan Poyer at the Safety position, Buffalo has lacked playmakers to help fortify their secondary. Relatively unknown (outside of Buffalo) players such as Levi Wallace and Taron Johnson have had their flashes but have been inconsistent in play.
Through the 2021 season, Wallace and White have been targeted the most (13 times). They’ve allowed 15 completions for 120 yards and have one interception so far on the year. That is a small sample size, so looking back at last year’s stats will help us understand where the weaknesses really are.
Johnson and Wallace let up more than 1,000 yards between the two of them last year with a combined passer rating of 87.75% when targeted. Mills should look to get the ball to whoever has either of these Bills defenders on them.
Even when Micah Hyde has made plays in the past, he’s allowed more than half of the passes thrown his way to be complete. Hyde and White also had issues tackling last season, accounting for 15 of Buffalo’s 125 missed tackles last season.
Yards after the catch (YAC) will have to be the name of the game, as 45% of the yards Buffalo allowed last season came after they allowed a completion. Quick screens and slants can help get the Texans playmakers into space to deal maximum damage.
On an additional note, star linebacker Tremaine Edmunds sat out last week’s win over the Washington Football Team. If Edmunds plays this week, it wouldn’t hurt to run routes at him and see how he’s holding up.