Fresh off the bye week in what could turn out to be the best season in the history of the team the Houston Texans go up against the Buffalo Bills in the return of the Texans 2006 1st overall pick Mario Williams. Williams who became the highest paid defensive player ever when signing a 6 year contract worth up to 100 million dollars and 50 million of it being guaranteed, making Williams the highest paid defensive player of all time. Even with the addition of Williams the Bills defense still hasn’t become the unit they’d expected to be this year. They’re rank last in the league in points allowed giving on average 32.4 PPG. They allow 176.9 rushing and 247.3 yards passing a game. The Texans will be looking to exploit the Bills defense or lack there of on Sunday in Houston at Reliant Stadium.
Texans QB Matt Schaub has had a pretty efficient season so far this year. No he’s not among the league leaders in passing yards or TD’s thrown but he had been guiding this offense all season long and without many turnovers. Schaub will be looking to continue this on Sunday. Working off the play action and Schaub should be able to. The Bills give up over 150 yards a game on the ground so stopping the run will be the first priority to them. If they get caught looking at RB’s Arian Foster or Justin Forsett people should be able to get open early. If the Texans are able to take an early lead they should be able to milk down the clock and keep the ball out of Buffalo’s hands most of the game. A strategy the Houston Texans have been able to use all year except during the blowout loss to the Packers in which the team gave up 42 points. The Texans lead the league in time of possession, holding the ball for 35 minutes a game. Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has been hearing all year long that he’s lost a step and might be on his way out of the league in a couple seasons all season long because of the drop in his numbers over the last 2 years. Johnson who does own the record for most yards averaged a game and is the only player besides Jerry Rice to lead the league in receiving yards in consecutive seasons, hasn’t really lost anything as much as he’s lost touches because the Houston finally has the running game to hold the ball and finish games. The years Johnson did lead the league and was considered unstoppable the Texans had no running game and it hurt them as a team. They averaged over 23 points a game in both those seasons and Johnson averaged almost 100 yards a game in those 2 years but they lost a lot of games because the opponents had the ball more than they did. Now that the Texans are winning games and holding the ball none of the numbers matter to Johnson. as much as winning a Super Bowl does. But when teams do make the mistake of playing man on Johnson he gets it done. His opportunities are limited now, Johnson who just eclipsed the 10,000 yards mark this year understands that but is okay with sacrificing some stats for a Super Bowl title.
The Houston Texans defense will have 1 thing in mind to start the game this week, to stop the RB duo of CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. If the Bills are able to get those 2 going it’s going to be a long day for the Texans this Sunday. The Bills are built on handing them the ball to open up more plays much like the Texans though the Bills use more swing passes and screen plays than Houston does. If the defense is able to stop the run, the game will be in the hands of the Texans pass rush and secondary. DE JJ Watt has had a phenomenal season and will be looking to add to his sack and defensed pass numbers this week against another unfamiliar AFC East opponent. In the games Watt’s played against the AFC East he’s racked up 6 of his 10 defensed passes this year. With people now picking the Texans as their favorites to make it out of the AFC JJ Watt had this to say about the team: “It’s interesting. It’s cool to be in that conversation, but I think the best part about this team is we have the perspective. We have the focus that you can read those things and understand how cool it is, but you also understand what it took to get here and what it’s going to take to stay here. The hard work, the dedication, the discipline, and this team has all those things. That’s why I love playing on this team. That’s why these guys have so much success because we understand what it takes.”
The rest of the Texans pass rush would thrive this year with the Bills having a relatively young line and Watt will most likely be seeing a lot of attention to keep him out of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s face on Sunday. In 2 years the Texans secondary has went from worst to 1 of the best on football. 3rd year corner Kareem Jackson has been thriving this season with Jonathan Joseph on the other side it’s been a pick your poison type season for the Texans 2 CB’s this season. I’d expect this to stay true this week with the Bills only having really a 2 threats out of the WR core and one of them is a TE.