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Houston Texans RB Arian Foster should have a huge game against a Bills defense that has yet to stop the run this season.
Fresh off the bye week in what could turn out to be the best season in the history of the team the Houston Texans go up against the Buffalo Bills in the return of the Texans 2006 1st overall pick Mario Williams. Williams who became the highest paid defensive player ever when signing a 6 year contract worth up to 100 million dollars and 50 million of it being guaranteed, making Williams the highest paid defensive player of all time. Even with the addition of Williams the Bills defense still hasn’t become the unit they’d expected to be this year. They’re rank last in the league in points allowed giving on average 32.4 PPG. They allow 176.9 rushing and 247.3 yards passing a game. The Texans will be looking to exploit the Bills defense or lack there of on Sunday in Houston at Reliant Stadium.
Texans QB Matt Schaub has had a pretty efficient season so far this year. No he’s not among the league leaders in passing yards or TD’s thrown but he had been guiding this offense all season long and without many turnovers. Schaub will be looking to continue this on Sunday. Working off the play action and Schaub should be able to. The Bills give up over 150 yards a game on the ground so stopping the run will be the first priority to them. If they get caught looking at RB’s Arian Foster or Justin Forsett people should be able to get open early. If the Texans are able to take an early lead they should be able to milk down the clock and keep the ball out of Buffalo’s hands most of the game. A strategy the Houston Texans have been able to use all year except during the blowout loss to the Packers in which the team gave up 42 points. The Texans lead the league in time of possession, holding the ball for 35 minutes a game. Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has been hearing all year long that he’s lost a step and might be on his way out of the league in a couple seasons all season long because of the drop in his numbers over the last 2 years. Johnson who does own the record for most yards averaged a game and is the only player besides Jerry Rice to lead the league in receiving yards in consecutive seasons, hasn’t really lost anything as much as he’s lost touches because the Houston finally has the running game to hold the ball and finish games. The years Johnson did lead the league and was considered unstoppable the Texans had no running game and it hurt them as a team. They averaged over 23 points a game in both those seasons and Johnson averaged almost 100 yards a game in those 2 years but they lost a lot of games because the opponents had the ball more than they did. Now that the Texans are winning games and holding the ball none of the numbers matter to Johnson. as much as winning a Super Bowl does. But when teams do make the mistake of playing man on Johnson he gets it done. His opportunities are limited now, Johnson who just eclipsed the 10,000 yards mark this year understands that but is okay with sacrificing some stats for a Super Bowl title.
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson should get open off double moves and play action passes if Foster starts hot on Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The Houston Texans defense will have 1 thing in mind to start the game this week, to stop the RB duo of CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. If the Bills are able to get those 2 going it’s going to be a long day for the Texans this Sunday. The Bills are built on handing them the ball to open up more plays much like the Texans though the Bills use more swing passes and screen plays than Houston does. If the defense is able to stop the run, the game will be in the hands of the Texans pass rush and secondary. DE JJ Watt has had a phenomenal season and will be looking to add to his sack and defensed pass numbers this week against another unfamiliar AFC East opponent. In the games Watt’s played against the AFC East he’s racked up 6 of his 10 defensed passes this year. With people now picking the Texans as their favorites to make it out of the AFC JJ Watt had this to say about the team: “It’s interesting. It’s cool to be in that conversation, but I think the best part about this team is we have the perspective. We have the focus that you can read those things and understand how cool it is, but you also understand what it took to get here and what it’s going to take to stay here. The hard work, the dedication, the discipline, and this team has all those things. That’s why I love playing on this team. That’s why these guys have so much success because we understand what it takes.”
The rest of the Texans pass rush would thrive this year with the Bills having a relatively young line and Watt will most likely be seeing a lot of attention to keep him out of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s face on Sunday. In 2 years the Texans secondary has went from worst to 1 of the best on football. 3rd year corner Kareem Jackson has been thriving this season with Jonathan Joseph on the other side it’s been a pick your poison type season for the Texans 2 CB’s this season. I’d expect this to stay true this week with the Bills only having really a 2 threats out of the WR core and one of them is a TE.
Houston Texans DE JJ Watt will be looking to terrorize yet another AFC Easst QB after already making plays against both Tannehill and Sanchez this season.
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Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Mario Williams made his first trip back to Houston to face his former team and said afterward he enjoyed being booed.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams did something against the Houston Texans that we have not seen a lot of this season — sacked the opposing quarterback. Williams has not lived up to the $96 million contract the Bills signed him to over the offseason, but recording a sack against the team he spent six seasons with must have been quite gratifying. Williams popped up and...
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...
Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams said he loved hearing boos from the Houston crowd as he played his first game against his former team (Credit: AP Photo)
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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...
Bills defensive end Mario Williams was playing with a torn ligament in his wrist that made it like he was playing with one arm, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports citing a team source.
It explains why Williams had surgery during Buffalo's bye week that ordinarily would sideline players more than one game.
But because Sunday's game is against his former team, the Houston Texans...
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams was playing with a torn ligament in his wrist before he underwent surgery.
Since Williams had the surgery during the Bills’ bye week, he’s going to...
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Frank: 44-13, Houston- I can't even sprinkle any veiled optimism into this one, its going to be ugly. I'm thinking that last year's Dallas game and this year's Jet games will look similar. I can't see any facet of Buffalo's game that can top Houston and I fully expect the media (and blogosphere) to **** all over Mario when he doesn't leave this one with...
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