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Bills D Dominated as Texans Run Over Buffalo 31-10

The injuries, the inconsistent play, the lack of a big play offense. It all came to haunt the Bills again on Sunday at home, as despite the team winning two straight, they were totally outplayed by the Houston Texans in a 31-10 setback to fall to 3-5 on the season.

The Bills defense was dominated by the Texans offense all afternoon. Houston had three scoring drives of 72 or more yards and four that included at least 10 plays and took more than five minutes. The two possessions in the final eight that didn’t end in points were kneel-downs that ended each half.

“Toward the end of the game we let them run the ball down our throat,” Marcus Stroud said. “We’re much better than that. We fight harder than that. We just weren’t making it happen and it pissed me off. I’m a competitor, man. I never want to walk off the field and feel like somebody imposed their will on us and I felt they did that.”

Little known Ryan Moats led the Texans offense, as he replaced Steve Slaton, who was benched after a fumble, and ran for a franchise record three TD’s, all in the fourth quarter, and 126 yards. Houston scored on six of their last eight possessions, including four straight drives in the second half.

“Their offense had a lot of opportunities today,” said Bills strong safety George Wilson, who was credited with 15 tackles. “We started off good, produced some turnovers, got off the field on third down. But they kept hammering away at us. Even though they were experiencing adversity early in the game they stuck to their game plan, kicked some field goals to keep the game close and they were able to make the plays down the stretch in the kicking game and offense and defense as well.”

The Bills offense, without Trent Edwards at QB, was limited to 204 total yards. They did get a spark on a 29-yard WR reverse to Terrell Owens that put them up 7-0 in the first quarter. Little did they know that the score would be just about all the offense they would have on the day.

They had just 9 first downs, two in the second half, and were 2-for-10 on third downs. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was 15-for-23 for 117 yards with two picks and a QB rating of 41.4. The Bills led 10-6 at the half, and then were up 10-9 entering the fourth when the Texans exploded. Moats had three fourth quarter scores to put the game away.

“We need to be more physical and get off the field in those situations,” Bills middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said of the run defense. “We can’t let a team just consistently drive and take up all that time.” Houston did it just about all day long, and it was tough to watch.

The Bills will get a week off with a bye next Sunday.

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