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Houston coach Gary Kubiak talks some strategy with QB Matt Schaub during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game with the Bills. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)
If you look at the Houston Texans latest double-digit win, this a 21-9 defeat of the Buffalo Bills, you probably wouldn’t gauge how close the game actually was.
For the majority of the game, no more than five points separated the teams with the Texans (7-1) up 7-6 at the break.
But, despite being in a close game with the less-than-favored Bills (3-5), former Texans’ star Mario Williams now amongst their ranks, Houston came out in the second half and got it done once again.
The Texans scored in the third quarter on a three-yard by Arian Foster, and then Matt Schaub connected with a wide-open Garrett Graham early in the fourth that essentially put the game out of reach.
On the other side of the ball, Buffalo had a hard time doing anything against the Houston defense and could only manage field goals for the game’s duration.
The Texans’ defense had a solid game once again, but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that they left their mark on the game.
Whitney Mercilus forced a fumble from Bills’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick that stopped a Buffalo drive that could’ve cut the Texans lead to one possession with about four minutes left on the clock.
Houston recovered the fumble, burned nearly two minutes of game time, and put the game away.
Mercilus put an exclamation mark on the game with a game-ending sack.
Garrett Graham spikes the ball after scoring the Texans’ third touchdown of the day, Sunday against the Bills. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
It was another quality win for the Texans, this one coming after 14 days without a game.
The most impressive thing about this team so far has been its ability to be unaffected by the scoreboard. Whether they’re up 20 or tied, the Texans have this way of playing like it’s the first play of the game— which can be scary.
As you’ve heard all year, this team is well built and won’t surprise anyone if it goes the distance.
If they continue to play like they’ve been able to so far, they shouldn’t have too many problems.
The only thing about it is, they might find themselves in a bad way if they are behind in a game.
As silly as it sounds, this team has hardly trailed in any game, let alone lost. It was hard to get a good measurement for how the Texans respond to such a situation in the one game where they were outplayed against the Packers earlier in the season.
I hate to keep making it sound like Houston has to keep passing these “tests” to prove that they are an elite team, but next week’s matchup with Chicago will be a good indication as to what this team’s full capability could be.
It won’t be one of those games that devastate a season if they lose, or squeak out a win. But for a team that has all but locked up a playoff spot in week 9 of the NFL season, they’ve got to start planning for the postseason.
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This is the third part of our SOTT Mid Season Report card and we will run through every position group for the Houston Texans. We focus on the wide receivers and tight ends in this post and give our thoughts on the position group.
The Pass Catchers Grades
Andre Johnson: Just having Johnson on the field has made the Texans so much more of a complete team, and throw in...
The Houston Texans are still perfect against the AFC. They get another chance this weekend to prove they can beat one of the best teams in the NFC, too.
Houston (7-1) remained unbeaten against conference opponents with a 21-9 victory over Buffalo and now moves on to face Chicago (7-1) at Soldier Field on Sunday night. In their only game against an NFC team this season, the Texans...
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans are still looking for a challenger in the AFC after improving to 7-0 in their conference with a 21-9 win over Buffalo. Houston's only defeat so far came against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a humiliating nationally televised game.
The Texans (7-1) get another chance this weekend to show a prime-time audience how they stack up...
This is the start of our SOTT Mid Season Report card and we will run through every position group for the Houston Texans. We focus on the offensive line in this post and give our thoughts on the position group.
The Offensive Line Grades
Duane Brown: He gave up his first sack of the season against the Buffalo Bills but he has been as good you can ask an NFL left tackle...
Houston remains atop the AFC standings with a franchise-best 7-1 start after picking up another win by beating the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Just don't expect the Texans to celebrate the 21-9 win in which Arian Foster ran for 111 yards and a touchdown and Andre Johnson added 118 yards receiving to lead a balanced attack.
''I think we can be a lot better,'' Johnson...
The Houston Texans hosted Mario Williams and the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium in what was called “Judgment Day” by Williams himself. Williams’ game was nothing to ride home about. He lit up the stat sheet with five tackles, two assists, and one sack. He had his best game of the season for his new team against the Texans. Williams wasn’t impactful and Houston moved the...
Mario Williams was a fan favorite during his six years in Houston. To say he has fallen out of favor would be an understatement.
Williams, now a member of the Buffalo Bills, was booed in his return to Houston on Sunday. One could say it was salt on the wound, as the Texans rolled to a 21-9 victory, but Williams was hardly concerned about the less-than-welcoming...
HOUSTON - In a homecoming bloated with rancor and disdain, Bills defensive end Mario Williams enjoyed his one moment in the spotlight with a second-quarter sack of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and a taunting finger wag at the Texans' bench. That was the most memorable impression former Texans player Williams left on Sunday at Reliant Stadium, a development Texans fans surely...
Chicago's soft schedule ends this weekend when the Houston Texans come into town, the first of many quality opponents the Bears will face in the second half of the 2012 season.
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The Headline: Texans corral the Bills for an easy home win
Much had been made about Mario Williams’ return to Houston where he spent the first six years of his career. The split between Williams and the front office was far from amicable by the sounds of it, as they reportedly made no effort to even retain Williams, something which did not...
This is the section of our SOTT Mid Season Report card and we will run through every position group for the Houston Texans. We focus on the quarterbacks and running backs in this post and give our thoughts on the position group.
The Quarterbacks and Running backs
Matt Schaub: Talk about a new player and new leader, Schaub has been better than ever for the Texans. His pocket awareness an...
The Bills enter Week 9 at 3-4 and facing the Houston Texans, arguably the best team in the AFC. Before we get to this week’s questions here are our updated standings:
Rob Quinn: 8-2
Brandon Hess: 19-11
Ryan Talbot: 23-12
Michael Bundt: 21-14
Mike Straw: 15-10
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