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Bills vs. Texans, 2014 NFL Week 4: second half live chat

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The Buffalo Bills opened up a 10-0 lead on the Houston Texans in the second quarter, but gave up a 35-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes remaining to yield some momentum despite their 10-7 lead at the break.

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Trailing 10-0 with only a few minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Houston Texans used an eight-play, 80-yard drive - capped off by a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to DeAndre Hopkins - to cut the Bills' lead to 10-7 at halftime.

Those few moments stole back some building momentum that the Bills were able to cobble together in the second quarter. Aided by a J.J. Watt roughing the passer call and an Andre Johnson fumble (recovered by Da'Norris Searcy), the Bills kicked a short field goal to take a 3-0 lead, then EJ Manuel hit Sammy Watkins for a five-yard score for that initial 10-0 lead.

The deficit, however, is slightly misleading. Manuel had a rough half despite completing 14-of-25 passes for 89 yards and the score, taking several big hits and missing several more open receivers as the Bills largely struggled offensively. (C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have continued their tendency of bailing the unit out, combining for 113 yards of total offense in the half.)

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick - without the benefit of a Texans running game, as Arian Foster and Houston only mustered 12 rushing yards on nine carries in the first half (and 11 of those yards belong to Fitzpatrick) - has been generally very good. One bad throw, intercepted by Leodis McKelvin, did not result in Bills points, and he has completed 12-of-15 passes for 151 yards with the score and the pick.

This is your open thread for the second half of this game; Houston will have the ball first. Go Bills!