March 22, 2018

Digging Deep: Buffalo Edition

The Texans came out a little slow after their bye week but they were able to step their game up enough to beat the Buffalo Bills 21-9. This moves the Texans to 7-1 and allows them to maintain their lead in the AFC and AFC South standings.


The number of touchdowns the Texans allowed on Sunday. The Bills got into the red zone three times but only got three field goals to show for it. On the other hand, the Texans scored touchdowns on two of their three red zone trips.

The Texans’ turnover differential. They didn’t turn the ball over which allowed them to still build a lead while not playing their best. Also, the fumble that Whitney Mercilus forced in the fourth quarter ended any chance of a comeback for the Bills and sealed the game for the Texans.

The number of receiving yards Andre Johnson had in the game. Although he didn’t score a touchdown, this was his second game of the season with over 100 yards. He also looked better after the catch than he has in previous weeks.

The length of Keshawn Martin’s longest punt return of the afternoon. It set the Texans up in great field position and led to a touchdown. The Texans weren’t getting that kind of production from punt returner Trindon Holliday before he was released.


Shayne Graham’s field goal percentage for the game. He had his only attempt, a 46-yarder, blocked in the second quarter. This was only his second miss of the year and his first miss since the first game of the season. Gary Kubiak also chose to go for it on fourth down instead of letting Graham try a 47 yarder later in the game.

The Texans’ average yards per rush play. This is compared to 4.9 for the Bills. Arian Foster averaged over 4 yards a carry, but Justin Forsett did not have near as much success with 6 carries for only 7 yards.

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