Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans- 9/28/14
Buffalo Bills (2-1) at Houston Texans (2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm (NRG Stadium)
The Line: Houston Texans -3 -- Over/Under: 42 See the Latest Odds
The Bills and Texans square off in Houston as both teams look to avoid slipping to the .500 mark after identical losses last weekend.
The Buffalo Bills were the early season story after going into Chicago and upending the Bears and following that up with a convincing win at home against the Dolphins but they were dealt a dose of reality last weekend at the hand of a solid San Diego Chargers team. The Bills take to the road after two weeks at the Ralph as they head into Reliant Stadium to take on a Texans team looking to find an identity after dropping a road contest against the New York Giants last weekend in which they were absolutely shredded on the ground by Rashad Jennings. The Bills have had a balanced delivery on the turf as Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller continue to share the load and rookie wide out Sammy Watkins looks as though he will be EJ Manuel’s favourite target this season and while that may not be as daunting as some of the other units in the AFC they have been able to generate some early season success.
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The Texans dropped a stinker on the road against the Giants last weekend after opening the season with back to back wins and while you have to shape their victories with context as they played the Redskins and Raiders you would have thought they would be competitive against a very undermanned Giants side. Houston was without running back Arian Foster and could be without his services again this weekend but backup Alfred Blue look serviceable against New York and will be leaned upon heavily against the Bills if Foster is a no go. This is an interesting matchup for Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as he squares off against the team that gave him a ludicrous contract a few years ago that lasted less than a full season and with rumbling of Fitz getting demoted in favour of Case Keenum or Tom Savage in the near future this could be the perfect platform for Fitzpatrick to break out and prove his worth. This is a game I will be staying away from but I do think the home side gets the edge here despite the Bills being the more impressive team thus far. I like Houston’s defense and I think they will be able to slow down the Buffalo passing attack and in the end I think Fitzpatrick will do enough to get the best of his former team or else it could be the last we see of him wearing a Texans uniform.