Season Going Down the Tubes Fast

We all held out hope that this would be the week the Bills would turn it around. Playing a young Texans team at home, with a Houston defense that has been far less than fearsome – giving up over 100 yards rushing per game, and putting less pressure on the QB than even the Bills have. Alas, even the most enthusiastic Bills fan is definitely ready to give up on these Bills after witnessing this debacle.

How bad was it exactly? The Bills failed to score a TD despite having three drives inside the Texans 20, coming away with only two FGs and a missed 29 yarder, one of two that Rian Lindell missed today. The Bills have not scored a TD in three games and going. On top of that, Travis Henry, the Bills only offense in the past month, may be on the sidelines for a while after cracking his fibula.

Henry easily wins player of the game, with 23 carries for 149 yards, with 10 of those carries and 34 yards coming after cracking his fibula. He was one of the few Bills showing that kind of intensity.

The game started off promising enough, with the Bills defense knocking the ball out of Texans QB David Carr hands for a safety in the first quarter, also knocking him out of the game and bringing in backup Tony Banks.

Tony Banks proved to be more proficient than Bledsoe, with Moulds missing another game with a groin injury, Bledsoe struggled again in the passing game. The tried and true formula that past Bills opponents have perfected of putting pressure on Bledsoe worked well for the Texans, who sacked Bledsoe 4 times, almost matching their season total of 8 sacks before coming into the game.

As stated before, Henry put up a good effort whenever he got the chance. The Bills rushed only twice on third downs, both times were successful and one ended in a 65 yard Henry run. Missed field goals and poor play calling left all the Bills first half drives stalled and left the door wide open for the Texans.

The Texans one big play inside two minutes was enough to give them the lead, after a missed tackle led to a 46 yard Andre Johnson touchdown. The Texans were up 6-5 and never looked back.

The second half saw the Bills drive all the way to the Texans one yard line before settling for a field goal. But two Texan field goals proved to be just too much offense for the Bills to overcome.

Texans linebacker Jamie Sharper sealed the victory, ending Buffalo's promising last-gasp drive with 1:51 remaining at the Houston 31, knocking the ball out of Bledsoe's hands. Bledsoe finished the day just 15-26 for 184 yards.

The Bills final points on the day came when Texans WR Johnson ran the ball out of his end zone for a safety to run out the clock.


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