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The Buffalo Bills fell to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Local writers, bloggers, radio and TV men react.

Thomas B. Shea

Bills offense can't find end zone in loss to Texans -
"We had three field goals and another field goal attempt and really the one thing that this team has been good at is converting those drives into seven points, not three," said Fitzpatrick, who finished 25-38 passing for 239 yards. "To me that’s where our issue was, not being able to get those seven points. Driving it down the field and doing different things and then not being able to convert."

Chan Gailey: "We can build off of this" -
"You know we have to go back and watch the film but it looked like to me in general they turned their drives into touchdowns and we didn’t. We both played some plays during the course of the day, but they were able to get the ball in the end zone. We weren’t able to get the ball in the end zone. That’s the bottom line."

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "We’ve got to get C.J. more touches" -
"It’s tough. I thought we had a great plan. I thought we had some great practices leading up. The effort was there today I felt like. Unfortunately we got beat by a better team today. We just need to continue to push and work and not get down. That’s the only chance we have to turn this thing around."

Mario Williams: "We needed to get something started" -
"Oh yeah. I think the biggest thing for me is if you go out and make a play and you get booed, I know I’m in your heart. That’s the most important thing. If it had been quiet then I would have felt something different but I know you’re thinking about me."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick talks about the offense's struggles in the red zone and against the tough Texans defense"

Mario Williams Postgams Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills defensive end Mario Williams talks about facing his former team and getting a sack on Matt Schaub"

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills head coach Chan Gailey goes through what went wrong in the 21-9 loss to the Texans"

Bills Roundup: Second Half Struggles Prove Costly - VIDEO -
"Buffalo was able to hang with the AFC's best team in the first half, but couldn't get their offense going in the second half, and weren't able to capitalize in the red zone, in a 21-9 defeat to the Texans."

Inside The Bills | NFL debut dream come true for Brooks
"Basically it plays through my mind every night wondering what it’ll be like to go through a game, not preseason, but an actual regular season," Brooks told "All day, every day really. But it’s about having myself ready mentally and physically."

Inside The Bills | Report: Mario had torn ligament in wrist
"According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bills DE Mario Williams wrist surgery was a bit more extensive than initially believed."

Inside The Bills | A. Williams has knee injury
"Williams was injured when, in wrestling Andre Johnson to the ground after a reception, he brought Johnson’s full body weight down onto his right leg. Williams was helped off and did not put weight on his injured leg. He was later carted to the locker room and did not return. He’ll be re-evaluated Monday."

Inside The Bills | Stevie hobbled with thigh injury
"He got hit on the thigh and he kept trying it and trying it and trying it, but there at the end he just couldn’t go," said Gailey.

Inside The Bills | Much of Bills game plan left on shelf
"We had a lot of stuff that we didn’t get to because of how they were playing us," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "That’s just the way it is with our team and the things that we do. When teams play against us that’s the biggest thing teams try to do is stop the run, stop C.J., stop Fred and make you beat them with the pass. That’s what the Texans came into the game saying and that’s what they did."

Inside The Bills | George on meeting President Bush
"Right before the game the country’s 41st President was carted out to midfield for the coin toss. George Bush (1988-1992) was suddenly at midfield flipping the coin. For Bills co-captain George Wilson it was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Inside The Bills | Texans DE critical of Bills red zone offense
"The spread offense, in my opinion, is not that good in the red zone," said Smith. "It is short things and if you play the run well, then there are not many plays they can run."

Inside The Bills | Mario turns it up
"Ironically, it came in a stadium where he had played home games for the previous six seasons. Nonetheless Williams was far more active than he had been in any other game this season registering a team leading seven tackles including a pair for loss, a sack and a quarterback hit."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Texans 21 - Bills 9
"The difference in the game between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans is actually quite simple. A good team finds ways to capitalize their chances and put the ball in the end zone. A mediocre team will get those same opportunities, but fail to punch the ball in for six points."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - SIMON: Bills Ignore Their Strength
"Of the many statistics I looked at in the moments following the end of the 27th loss in Gailey’s 40 games as Bills Head Coach, here is the most alarming one: The last time a Bills running back got a carry came with 8:23 left in the third quarter."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: Moral Victories Aren't Impressive
"Just because the Bills hung with the team that has the best record in the AFC doesn’t put me in the mood to praise them."

Wrap-up: Texans 21, Bills 9 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The struggling Bills (3-5) lost for the fourth time in five games. Few expected Buffalo to do much against Houston. The Texans (7-1) have the best record in the AFC and are a very tough matchup for Buffalo. The Bills began the season with playoff aspirations, but it appears they are heading for their 13th consecutive nonplayoff season."

Texans vs. Bills final score: Houston defeats Buffalo 21-9, improves to 7-1 - SB Nation Houston
"Houston improved to 7-1 on Sunday, as the Texans defeated the Buffalo Bills, 21-9."

Bills vs. Texans results: Houston pulls away from Buffalo, 21-9 -
"The Houston Texans improved to 7-1 on Sunday by defeating the Buffalo Bills at home, 21-9."

Post-Game Recap: Texans Beat Bills 21-9, Move To 7-1 - Battle Red Blog
"The Houston Texans, behind a solid performances from Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, moved to 7-1 on the season by beating Buffalo 21-9."

Texans 21, Bills 9: Stalled Drives Kill Buffalo In Road Loss - Buffalo Rumblings
"The Buffalo Bills didn't get enough from either their offense or their defense in a 21-9 road loss to the Houston Texans."

Texans 7, Bills 6 At Halftime: Buffalo Hanging In There - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills trail the Houston Texans 7-6 at halftime. Bills fans discuss the second half live."

Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans GameThread: Live Discussion - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Bills fans discuss the events of today's game against the Houston Texans live as they unfold."

Bills' offense not up to the challenge - The Buffalo News
"We knew they were going to spread out," Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "We wanted to give them a different look 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 ... we had to stop the running game."

Gailey lets Phillips box in popgun attack - The Buffalo News
"Phillips put seven men up on the line of scrimmage - in the old "box." He dared Gailey to run the ball behind an eager offensive line. He left his defensive backs in man-to-man coverage, luring Buffalo's mastermind to rely on the pass. It worked. Gailey backed down."

Williams smiles through Houston boos - The Buffalo News
Mario Williams was booed upon his return to Houston.

Quarterly Report: Texans 21, Bills 9 - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan goes quarter by quarter to see where it all went wrong.

Maiorana's Musings: Bills vs. Texans - Democrat and Chronicle
"I was disappointed with Chan Gailey's play-calling, again. He said afterward that the Texans forced him out of the running game, but it was hard to understand why because all they did was line up and play the way they always play. There was nothing exotic there. The Texans ranked fourth in run defense, but the Bills ranked fourth in rushing, and their refusal to even fight was a big letdown."

Sal's Six Points -- The Answers - Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana answers the questions he posed before the game.

Report card - Democrat and Chronicle
Chan Gailey does not grade out very well.

Buffalo Bills thumped by Houston Texans | Democrat and Chronicle
"I’m not worried about that," Spiller said following a game in which he carried just six times for 39 yards and caught five passes for 63 yards. "I just try to go out there and execute."

Postgame analysis: Texans 21, Bills 9 -
"With Sunday's game hanging in the balance at Houston's Reliant Stadium, one coach made sure to use one of the best running backs in the league. The other didn't."

Should Bills Clean House Again? |
"The bottom line is, everything can't be fixed at once, and for those who really thought the Bills could go from 6-10 to the playoffs the next year were overly optimistic to be sure."

Russo Reaction - Bills lose in Houston | WKBW News 7
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.

Ultimate Texans " Mario Williams doesn’t mind boos
Mario Williams talks after the game.

Buffalo Bills Week 9 Report Card - Auburn Pub
Chan Gailey gets an F

Ultimate Texans " Texans’ red-zone defense marks difference vs. Bills
"On successive possessions at the end of the first half Sunday, the Buffalo Bills gave themselves first-and-10s at the Texans’ 19-, 12- and 14-yard lines. Those three penetrations produced, sum total, six points on a pair of field goals."

Quotes: Post game vs. Buffalo -
Members of the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills spoke to the media following the Texans 21-9 win on Sunday.

Immediate Reactions: Texans 21, Bills 9 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA . . .LIVE
"– It bears repeating or at least rephrasing, that was the least amount of time I can remember Fitz having in the pocket in a long, long time."