Texans defeat Bills, 21-9
by ELWYN HENDERSON
elwynh@juno.com
Nov 05, 2012 | 894 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DAVID SNOW, former Gilmer Buckeye and Texas Longhorn, now with the Bills.
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The Houston Texans continued their winning ways at Reliant Stadium Sunday afternoon, moving their AFC-best record to 7-1 halfway through the 2012 NFL regular season with a 21-9 win over the Buffalo Bills. Houston didn’t start out well offensively against the Bills, but the defense was lights out once again, giving up only three field goals and no touchdowns on the day.



Coach Gary Kubiak was pleased with the game’s outcome when he faced the media after the win. “It feels good. I’m sitting here disappointed in some things that happened with the team today that could have made me feel a lot better. But, it’s been a good first half and we’re going to have to be a good road team in the second half of the season. I think five of our eight are on the road, so we’ll get tested big time against a big, physical 7-1 team in Chicago. They won big today. I think they’re averaging almost 25 a game as a team. With the weapons they have, and the screens, and all those things they do to get the ball in the hands of those playmakers and what they can do scares the heck out of you. I thought we played excellent defensively. We gave up some plays in the first half, but we come back in the second and play tremendous and hold them to a field goal.”

The Texans defense was lights out again on Sunday. Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips was proud of his unit’s performance against the Bills. “We knew it was going to be tough. The first half we had to make some adjustments. They move the ball and score 24 points a game, so we knew they had a good offense. I thought our guys really played well in the red zone. We gave up one run in the first half that was their first run over 20 yards this season. That was my fault. I didn’t think they would run with 22 seconds left, but they did. The guy made a big play. You have to be pleased overall. “Yeah, we knew they were going to spread out. We wanted to give them a different look that they hadn’t seen. We didn’t want to let them run the football. They are averaging 150 yards a game rushing and 24 points a game. We felt like if you let those backs get the ball and get going with it, they tried to run a lot of screens to get them the ball, but we had to stop the running game and I thought we did that.”

The Texans will have a big test this weekend, as they travel to take on the 7-1 Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago’s defense is playing better than they have in a number of years, so Schaub and the offense will no doubt have a lot of challenges moving the ball against Brian Erlacher and company. Phillips’ defensive squad will also have their hands full against a very potent Jay Cutler-led offense that has been scoring almost at will so far this season. It should be an exciting game, and one that Houston needs to win if they intend to stay on top of the AFC and get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
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