March 17, 2018

Bills Primer: Three Things to Watch

The Houston Texans are back at the game of football and are heading into the halfway point of the NFL season. The opponent this week is none other than the Buffalo Bills and the return of Mario Williams to Reliant. Williams will take the headlines but there are other Bills’ players that the Texans will need to watch for.

The Bills may be streaky at times but they boast a potent running game with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, an offensive line that has only given up 8 sacks all season, and defensive tackles in Marcell Dareus (331 lbs.) and Kyle Williams (303 lbs.) who can control the interior of the defense. Also, ball hawking safety Jarius Bryd is an underrated player who is the captain of the Bills defense and sets the tone for them in the secondary. The Bills are nothing to sleep on because they have plenty of playmakers on the field for them.

Let’s take a look.



Quick Hitters

Claire talked to Joe from Buffalo Wins and talked about the Buffalo Bills in our Know Your Enemy segment.

Charles Christy  highlighted his players to watch this week against the Bills.

The Texans had plenty of player movement over the last two weeks readjusting their roster. They brought back two players from training camp to their practice squad, signed second year player Terrell McClain, and brought back preseason standout Jonathan Grimes to the active roster. 

We talked to Slate, who covers the Carolina Panthers, to find out more about Terrell McClain.


Informative Tweets




Three Things to Watch


Derek Newton, #75, Houston Texans Offensive Tackle

1. Derek Newton and Ryan Harris need to have a solid day to control Mario Williams and his pass rush to keep him under wraps. Williams will be amped up for Sunday so the Texans will have him in their eye sight the entire day. If the right tackle tandem can play physical against him, the offense could be in for a big day. One positive for the Texans’ offensive tackles is that there is rotation that will keep them fresh and the heat on Williams. This is a big test and it will be a fun matchup to watch on Sunday.

2. The Texans’ run defense will have to be sharp especially in their dime and nickle packages with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson running the football. The defense has shown issues trying to stop the run when teams spread them out so it will be up to Bradie James, Tim Dobbins, Glover Quin and Brooks Reed to play well inside in these formations. The Bills average 5.3 yards a carry which is 3rd in the NFL, and have one of the most electric backs in the league with Spiller. Jackson’s numbers have been down in 2012 but he is a capable back that can grind out some yards.

3.  The Bills’ special teams are number one in kickoff (30.8 yards) and punt (24.0) returns in the 2012 season, and two returned touchdowns too. Throw in the lackluster special teams showing for the Texans in the previous seven weeks, this has the makings for a bad combination. The Texans have made it known they have reshaped the special teams units some by putting some starters on their coverage teams. If there is anytime for the special teams to show up, it has to be this week before it costs them a game.


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