Bills Fall Short Against Texans

For the second week in a row, the Bills will be on the losing end falling to the Houston Texans 23-17. The Bills jumped out to a 10-point lead, but allowed the Texans to score 20 unanswered. A late interception by EJ Manuel, ended the Bills comeback and dropped the team to a 2-2 record.

The first two weeks of the season seem like a distant memory after the Buffalo Bills lost for the second straight week, this time in Houston by a final score of 23-17. This was certainly a game the Bills should have won but two second half interceptions was the difference.

E.J. Manuel’s first mistake came early in the third quarter when he tried to throw a pass to Fred Jackson in the flat. Defensive end J.J. Watt read the play the whole way, intercepting the pass and returning it for a touchdown. This touchdown gave the Texans the lead, one they did not give up the rest of the game.

The second interception came on the Bills final drive when Manuel overthrew Robert Woods and right into the arms of the Texans. The second-year quarterback finished the day completing 21 of 44 passes for 225 yards, two touchdowns and the two interceptions.

For the second straight week, the Bills abandoned the run early and threw the ball almost twice as many times as they ran it (44 passing attempts vs. 23 rushing attempts). This was surprising considering how effective C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were early in this game, finishing the day with 93 rushing yards and averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

The Bills defensive gameplan was a little more effective as they were able to force the Texans to become one dimensional by shutting down their running game. Arian Foster and Alfred Blue combined for 15 yards on 17 carries and forced Fitzpatrick to move the ball through the air. The former Buffalo Bills quarterback finished the day with 268 yards passing and one touchdown.

The Bills defense was able to force two interceptions, sacked him two times and had nine QB hits. This is the type of Bills defensive performance fans should expect this year, but if this team wants to win games they will need better offensive performance.

The team will have to re-group as they have to travel next week to Detroit to take on the high-powered Lions offense led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

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