Houston (WKBW) I will surely throw a bunch of numbers around over the next several paragraphs but the only ones
that matter leaving Houston tonight are 3-and-5.
Forget that the Bills outgained the Texans in the first half,
or that the defense played "better" against the run, it's still a loss. Another week. Another loss. The midway point of the season is here, and the Bills are two games below .500. Hooray.
Bills fans can't win. If it's not the defense, it's the offense that has you pulling your hair out.
There were moments in the first half that I'm sure I wasn't the only one saying "Wow.. the Bills are hanging in there", but you just knew settling for field goals was going to come back to haunt them. The Bills finished 0-3 inside the red zone on a day the team failed to even take a shot at six. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 38 passes on the day, none of them went into the endzone.
Perhaps more troubling for fans was the decision to ignore the option of running the ball in the second half.
The team knew establishing the run was going to be difficult against one of the top defenses in the league, but the Bills didn't even give it a chance.
C.J. Spiller entered Sunday averaging 7.3 yards a carry. He had six carries against the Texans. SIX!!! Spiller had only two carries in the second half after averaging 7.5 yard an opportunity in the first.
Fred Jackson also finished with 6 carries, he rushed the ball only once over the final two quarters.
Now I realize that Ryan Fitzpatrick had a pretty efficient game going into halftime with the team down 7-6 (14-17 144 yards), and that the Texans stacked the box and dared the Bills to force them out of it,
but Chan Gailey has to find a way to get the ball in his playmakers hands in the ground game.
The Bills put together two scoring drives in the final 1:47 of the first half, but any momentum quickly went away
when the offense opened the third quarter with a three-and-out on three straight incomplete passes.
The Texans scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to take a 14-6 lead.
The Bills added a field goal 4:31 later on a 8 play drive that included the only three called runs of the
second half. Spiller had two carries for 9 yards, Jackson had a single carry for 2, leading the Bills to a 39 yard Rian Lindell FG.
The Buffalo defense then held, and the offense got the ball back down 14-9 with 4:32 to play in the third. But once again the Bills went three and out on three straight incomplete passes.
The Texans all but put the game away when Matt Schaub threw his second touchdown of the game on the following drive
Schaub found Garrett Graham for the 5 yard touchdown to go up 21-9.
Defensively the Bills get credit for doing a "better" job against the run, but when you are last in the league in rushing yards allowed, there is only one way to go.. up. Arian Foster finished the day with 111 yards rushing and a touchdown. Foster had only 80 yards midway through the fourth quarter.
The Bills however had few answers for veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson hauled in 8 catches for 118 yards.
Matt Schaub had an efficient day for Houston. Schaub finished 19-27 for 268 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.
Next up a trip to New England where the Bills. The Patriots are coming off the Bye.