If the Bills season was not on the line last week against the Chiefs, it sure is today against the 6-5 Houston Texans. The Bills control their own destiny with the remainder of their schedule, and it all begins today against a team that is in their way in the wild card race. It is the first home game for the Bills after being on the road for three straight weeks, so maybe the drunk Bills fans can give this team a boost in 50 degree weather.
The Texans lead this short lived series after EJ Manuel gift wrapped a pick six for JJ Watt in last years game when the Bills lost 23-17 down in Houston. Buffalo is looking to win 3 games against the AFC South in one season for the first time in franchise history. Tyrod Taylor is on the brink of setting a team record that was set back in 2002 by Drew Bledsoe. If Taylor attempts 10 passes with no interception, the former Hokie will have attempted 176 passes without an interception.
Here are three things to watch in todays match up.
- Jordan Mills vs JJ Watt
With Seantrel Henderson out today with an illness, that forces Jordan Mills to make his first start for the Buffalo Bills at right tackle. Jordan Mills, meet JJ Watt, the NFL sack leader. Quite a way to make your season debut. Looks for the Bills to give Mills some help with tight end Matt Mulligan and fullback Jerome Felton.
2. Bills cornerbacks vs DeAndre Hopkins
The Texans new they had a budding young star on their roster when they let Andre Johnson walk. DeAndre Hopkins has proven that he will be a top wide receiver in this league in no time. With over 1,000 yards already and leading the team in targets, Brian Hoyer has found his man. Last Sunday may have been the worst performance for the Bills DB’s who went up against Jeremy Maclin. Look for Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby to receive some help with covering Hopkins, and force someone else to beat them.
3. Tyrod Taylor attempts
The Bills are 5-0 when Tyrod Taylor attempts less than 30 passes. When he is forced to throw the ball more than that, the Bills are 0-4. Also, can Taylor have some attempts over the middle of the field? It always seems like they are out routes or deep balls down the sidelines. With no Karlos Williams today, that adds the pressure to LeSean McCoy to ball out.
Bills win 27-17.