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Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans: broadcast info, announcers, streaming, radio, television

All the ways to watch as Bills look to claw back to .500

It’s too early to call a mid-October game must-win, but if the Buffalo Bills (2-3) want to entertain hopes of making the playoffs for a second straight year, picking up a victory in Sunday’s showdown with the Houston Texans (2-3) certainly would help.

The winner of this game will be 3-3 overall and would improve to 2-2 in the AFC. The loser would fall to 1-3 in the conference and would find itself at the rear of the pack in the pursuit of a playoff spot, especially in terms of tie-breaker scenarios come December.

This is a matchup of two teams struggling to find consistency on offense. Buffalo’s offense has scored 3, 20, 27, 0, and 13 points through five weeks, while Houston has fared better, scoring 20, 17, 22, 37, and 19 points through its first five games.

Among the questions facing the Bills: How will Buffalo slow down Houston’s dynamic quarterback, Deshaun Watson, who is questionable with a chest injury? Can Buffalo’s ground and pound approach on offense work for a second straight week? Will either of these offenses surpass 20 points this week?

Despite Watson’s uncertain status, and despite a Bills defense that has tightened up and is allowing only 13.3 points per game over the last three weeks, Buffalo opened up as a 10-point underdog vs. the Texans.

This will be the ninth meeting all-time, with the teams having split the first eight contests. The last time the Bills traveled to Houston, Buffalo squandered an early 10-0 lead as J.J. Watt picked off E.J. Manuel and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown in a 23-17 win by Houston. Manuel actually tossed a pair of TDs, but he also threw two INTs, and the Bills lost despite limiting the Texans to only 37 net rushing yards.

Here’s how to watch the game from home:

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WRGB 6 in Utica and Albany, WCWN3 in Albany, WENY 36-2 in Elmira, and WBNG 12 in Binghamton and Elmira. View the broadcast map.

Announcers: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and former Bills receiver James Lofton (analyst)

Location: NRG Stadium | Houston, Texas

Radio: WGR 550AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.

Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Mark Kelso in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.

Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center

Friday Injury Report: Buffalo Bills: Full participant: S Rafael Bush (shoulder), S Micah Hyde (groin), G John Miller (ankle), CB Tre’Davious White (ankle). Game day status: Bush, Hyde, Miller, and White are expected to play. Houston Texans: Full participant: DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (illness), WR Sammie Coates Jr. (hamstring), S Kareem Jackson (finger), RB Lamar Miller (chest), OLB Brennan Scarlett (groin), CB Shareece Wright (shoulder/hand). Limited participant: WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), WR Will Fuller V (hamstring), TE Ryan Griffin (toe), WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), QB Deshaun Watson (chest). Did not practice: CB Aaron Colvin (ankle), ILB Brian Peters (ankle). Game day status: Questionable: Watson. Out: Colvin, Peters.