During the middle of a downpour at Highmark Stadium, the Buffalo Bills were still able to secure a 40-0 shutout win over the Houston Texans. It was an exciting one-sided affair that ended with the Bills now sitting comfortably atop the AFC East with a 3-1 record.
It was the Texans that received the ball first and could not get anything going as their first play got called back for a holding call on the Texans, then on second down the weather played a factor early as Davis Mills had the football come out of his hands setting up a 3rd-and-28 where the Texans could not make up for the yardage against the Bills defense. The start for the Bills offense didn’t go much better as on the first play for the Bills Josh Allen threw an interception to Lonnie Johnson. It took until 6:35 in the first quarter for a pass to one completion that wasn’t an interception and it was from Josh Allen to Devin Singletary, this in addition to a fourth-and-one run by Josh Allen set up a 25-yard touchdown to tight end Dawson Knox for the first points of the game.
End of First Quarter Bills-7 Texans-0
To begin the third quarter the Texans defense decided to bring more blitz packages and got pressure on Allen, although Allen was still able to complete a 31-yard pass to Stefon Diggs with the rain subsiding for a moment. The drive ended in a field goal for the Bills to extend the lead to 10-0.
After Carlos Basham got his first career sack on Mills to force another three-and-out in Bills territory the Buffalo offense got rolling again as a 17-yard run followed by an 8-yard run by Zack Moss set the team up in the red zone but the Bills could not capitalize as Tyler Bass kicked a 26-yard field goal to further extend the lead to 13-0. With 1:45 left in the second quarter as the Texans were looking to get their first score of the day A.J. Klein tipped Mills pass and Micah Hyde was right in position to get the second interception of the day. Yet again though the Bills got in the red zone and had to settle for another field goal by Tyler Bass.
For the entire first half the Texans offense was outmatched by the Bills defense as Mills only completed one pass out of seven attempts for three yards, and out of 22 total plays on offense only accumulated eight net yards. This is the third time this season the Bills defense has shut out a team in the first half.
End of Second Quarter: Bills-16 Texans-0
For the Bills opening drive of the third quarter, it took 11 plays for 65 yards, 6:15 of possession time, and two lucky breaks for it to end in another field goal attempt by Bass. The rain-affected the Bills on that drive as Diggs had two close calls with losing the football, one resulted in a personal foul on Johnson, the other fumble was recovered.
There was only one drive for the Texans the entire time during the third quarter as it went for seven plays and a total of 16 yards but the Texans could not get anything going again after a holding penalty that turned into having to make up 20-yards.
End of Third Quarter: Bills-19 Texans-0
With possession to start the fourth quarter and in the red zone the Bills finally were able to capitalize as Josh Allen threw a one-yard touchdown to Knox again which extended the Bills lead to 26-0.
As soon as the Bills offense got off the field they were back on it after Cam Lewis forced a fumble leading to the Texans third turnover of the day. After a 19-yard pass to Diggs, Allen handed the ball off to Zack Moss who scored another touchdown for the Bills making the score 33-0. With that touchdown, it ended the day for Josh Allen as he finished the game completing 20-of-29 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception. Diggs finally found his rhythm again as he had seven receptions for 114 yards.
After another Mills interception, when the Bills offense came back on the field it was Mitch Trubisky in at quarterback. Trubisky led the team down the field on a seven-play drive for 53-yards and it was Trubisky himself who ran the ball in to score yet another touchdown making the lead 40-0.
It was Tyler Matakevich picking off Mills for the fifth turnover of the day to seal the win for the Bills. This was the second shutout for the Bills this season.
End of Game: Bills-40 Texans-0
With the Buffalo Bills win over the Houston Texans it should give them a major confidence boost as next week they will be heading to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC Championship game rematch. The Houston Texans on the other hand will have some major adjustments to make as they will head back home to face the New England Patriots.
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