Houston Texans safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. had his first career regular season interception in the first quarter of Week 4, as the Houston secondary did an excellent job of forcing the turnover against the Buffalo Bills.
Though the Texans’ offense ended up having a turnover on downs near the goal line on the ensuing drive, that doesn’t offset what Johnson accomplished on his interception. The pass was intended to Bills receiver Stefon Diggs, but Johnson grabbed the Josh Allen pass at the Buffalo 45-yard line and returned it to the 13-yard line.
Houston’s offense had four straight plays from the Buffalo 13-yard line, but managed to only reach the 6-yard line before being forced into a TOD, resulting in no points.
Later in the first quarter the Bills equaled the feat with a defensive play of their own. Tremaine Edmunds had an interception off Houston Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills with 7:09 left in the first quarter.
Houston Texans: Buffalo has interception of their own
Below is the interception by Edmunds as provided by NFL Twitter:
The Bills eventually reached the end zone with a touchdown after forcing the turnover when Allen had a touchdown pass to Dawson Knox for a 25-yard score.
Though the Houston Texans trailed 7-0 after the Buffalo touchdown the defense did nice job as Johnson’s interception was his first interception in a regular season game. Going into this game Johnson had one pass defensed in two games played for the 2021 season.
The remainder of this game is going to be a test for Johnson and the rest of the Houston Texans defense. Allen and the rest of the Buffalo offense is touch to stop on a consistent basis, and a tough task is ahead until the game eventually comes to a close.