Buffalo Bills (2-1) at Houston Texans (2-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 28, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Texans -3 -- Over/Under: 40.5
The Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans clash Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium.
The Buffalo Bills suffered their first loss last week to the San Diego Chargers, but are still one of the league’s biggest surprises early on. The Bills are getting the job done in the trenches, as a combination of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and Buffalo’s defense is allowing just 83.7 rushing yards per game. The Bills would take another step in the right direction if EJ Manuel could make a few more plays at quarterback, as he completed just 59 percent of his passes last week and has just one touchdown pass in each of the first three games. Still, Sammy Watkins and others have made plays through the air considering the Bills have 12 passing plays of 20 or more yards in just three games. Defensively, the Buffalo Bills are allowing 351 yards per game and have forced five turnovers and seven sacks. Preston Brown leads the Bills with 31 tackles and Mario Williams has three tackles for loss.
The Houston Texans hope to get back on track after losing to the New York Giants. The main concern for the Texans right now has to be getting Arian Foster back on the field, as he missed last week with a hamstring injury. The Texans offense isn’t good enough to win games without Foster, especially considering Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming off a game where he completed just 58.8 percent of his passes and threw three interceptions. One positive note for the Texans offense is that DeAndre Hopkins is developing into a star receiver, as he leads Houston with 227 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just 13 catches. Defensively, the Houston Texans are allowing 368 yards per game and have forced seven turnovers and four sacks. Brian Cushing leads the Texans with 28 tackles and J.J. Watt has three tackles for loss.
Assuming Foster is back on the field, I like the Texans here. Houston is much better at home, and the Bills have lost four of their last six road games dating back to last season. The Bills are improving and have started off nicely, but I’m not sure they can keep it going in a hostile environment. The Houston Texans get the job done here.