The Texans got unexpected production from back-up running back Ryan Moats, and embarrassed the Bills on the road.
Today I opened the MS Word document of my preview of this game, replaced every “Steve Slaton” with a “Ryan Moats,” and it made me sound like a genius.
That is my poetic way of saying the Texans did exactly what I said they needed to do to win this game.
I said they needed to establish the run because Buffalo's run defense is terrible and the weather was probably going to limit their ability to throw. The Texans had 186 yards on the ground, including 126 yards from Ryan Moats. Moats also ran for three touchdowns, all in the second half. Moats was in the game because starter Steve Slaton fumbled on a reception and was pulled. He did not come back into the game. Including that miscue, Slaton has fumbled seven times this season (almost once per game), and five of those fumbles went to the other team. It's easy to see why he was pulled.
I said the Texans needed to slow the Bills running game, which is easily the strength of their offense. The Texans held the Bills to 97 total yards on the ground, which is good. If you take away Terrell Owens' fluke touchdown run, the Texans run defense looks even better. That run came one play after a Matt Schaub interception.
Both teams' passing games were ineffective. Schaub finished with 268 yards but no touchdowns and two picks. Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick had only 117 yards passing.
The Texans dominated this game in many important aspects. They held the ball for over 39 minutes. They ran 76 offensive plays compared to only 45 for the Bills. They were also dominant where it counts the most, the scoreboard. For the fourth time this season the Texans pitched a second-half shutout.
The Texans now have a three game winning streak. They are 5-3 for the first time in franchise history. They will need all of that momentum because next week they have a showdown in Indianapolis against the first-place Colts.
Notes: Andre Johnson played and didn't appear too hampered by his lung injury…He lead the team in receiving in this game…Tight End Owen Daniels left the game after one catch with a knee injury…He injured his ACL and will have season-ending surgery…Back-up tight end, and Texans “slash” player, James Casey will be missing the Colts game because of knee surgery…Rookie linebacker Brian Cushing grabbed another interception, this one coming just after the 4th quarter two-minute warning, effectively ending the game.
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About the Author
Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.