Buffalo Bills vs Houston Texans Game Preview

Buffalo Bills vs Houston Texans Game Preview

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Buffalo Bills vs Houston Texans Game Preview

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The Buffalo Bills will have another home game this week as they welcome the Houston Texans to Highmark Stadium. While some may have already written this game off because the Bills are facing the 1-2 Texans, there will still be some important aspects to watch for in this game. 

In the Bills previous game against the Washington Football Team, the 2020 M.V.P. caliber Josh Allen returned as he completed 32 of 43 passes for 358 and four passing touchdowns, he also ran for nine yards and a touchdown. The Texans on defense will have to be a key in this game for them to stay in this game to try and slow down this high-powered offense. So far this season, the Texans have allowed 808 passing yards just through three games. They will have their work cut out for them as they will have to try and slow down not only Stefon Diggs but also Emmanuel Sanders (who just a week ago had five receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns), Cole Beasley, and even tight end Dawson Knox (even though he only had four receptions he turned those in for 49 yards and a touchdown). 

With the way the Texans run their defense under Lovie Smith, they play aggressively by trying to create turnovers. For Josh Allen, he will have to keep an eye on safety Jordan Reid if he plays. Reid is still recovering from his injury he suffered in the week two loss to the Cleveland Browns. When Reid is on the field, out of the team’s four total interceptions he has two of them, and has forced a fumble as well. Looking at the Carolina Panthers game without Reid on the field for the secondary, Sam Darnold completed 23 of 34 passes for 304 yards and two rushing touchdowns, if Darnold could do that against this secondary Allen should have another easy day as well. 

For the Bills defense, they should be able to keep their recent dominance going against this Texans offense that did not look as dynamic last week without Tyrod Taylor going against the Panthers. It instead will be Davis Mills the Bills will have to prepare for. Mills, in his starting debut, completed 19 of 28 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown but due to the lack of his mobility, he was sacked four times. If there is one thing the Bills defense knows how to execute well so far in 2021 is getting pressure on the quarterback. Over three games the Bills have accumulated 20 hurries, 11 quarterback knockdowns, nine sacks, and 40 quarterback pressures. Getting to the quarterback has been through the dominance of their front four as they have only run a blitz scheme 26.3% so far. 

The key matchup for this game will be Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White going up against Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks has been the go-to target for Taylor when he was in, and for Mills as well. Cooks is third in the NFL for the most receptions with 32, and third in receiving yards for 322. White should be able to slow Cooks down on Sundays as he has only allowed ten receptions so far this season, has 14 total tackles and a forced fumble. If White can take Cooks out of the equation it should throw Mills off in his passing game.

This game on paper should be a completely one-sided affair with the Bills winning easily, prediction wise I have the score being 38-12 with the Bills winning. It would be easy for the Bills to overlook this game and shift their main focus to next week when they face the Kansas City Chiefs, but as Josh Allen commented in his press conference on Wednesday that is not the case at all. 

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