Bills, Texans approach game with caution

"At 2-3, we don't have the privilege or the right to look past anybody," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "We'll be in a hostile environment and a loud environment. And every time you see a team that starts looking two games ahead, you know they're going to get beat."

 

 

At 2-3, the Bills aren't taking the first-year Houston Texans for granted.

 

At 1-4, the Texans aren't licking their chops at the prospect of going against the NFL's most generous defense Sunday.

 

"At 2-3, we don't have the privilege or the right to look past anybody," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "We'll be in a hostile environment and a loud environment. And every time you see a team that starts looking two games ahead, you know they're going to get beat."

 

Texans rookie quarterback David Carr has more in common with Bledsoe than having been the first overall pick in an NFL draft.

 

"You've got to be careful when you go into a game like that," Carr said. "We (Fresno State) played teams last year that we thought we could beat, and we got bit. Buffalo's got some good players on that team. I played against Nate Clements. I know he's good; I threw four interceptions in that game. I played against Aaron Schobel; he's a good ballplayer. Their middle linebacker (London Fletcher) is a good player; he's been to some Super Bowls."

 

Part of the reason for Carr's caution could be that the Texans have gained fewer yards than any other NFL team, and have scored more points per game than only the winless Bengals.

 

That caused Texans head coach Dom Capers to mention another reason: "You have to factor in that Raider offense," he said of the team whose 49 points and 495 yards contributed heavily to the Bills' poor statistical rankings. "They've moved the ball pretty well on every team they've played against. You have to factor what your strengths and weaknesses are. Your biggest mistake is trying to do something you don't have the capability for."

 

With a rookie quarterback, a rookie wide receiver, a rookie running back and an injury-depleted offensive line, the Texans are hardly the Raiders – or any other offense Buffalo has faced this season.

 

 Carr said of the Bills, "I have a feeling they're like us. They just haven't caught their groove yet."

 

 


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