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Buffalo Bills 13, Houston Texans 0: Second-half open thread

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The Bills punched Houston in the mouth.

Through two quarters of their NFL Wild Card game, the Buffalo Bills have a 13-0 lead over the Houston Texans. The Bills have controlled the game from the start, with explosive plays on offense and a defense containing Deshaun Watson with relentless pressure.

Things started with a bang on Buffalo’s opening drive. The team dialed up a QB sweep to the right side, and Josh Allen found a seam and carried the ball 42 yards downfield. A couple plays later, Brian Daboll reached into his bag of tricks. John Brown took a handoff from an end around and threw back to a wide-open Josh Allen, who leaped into the end zone for the touchdown. It was Brown’s second passing touchdown of the season, and the first tone-setter of the 2019-2020 playoffs.

Josh Allen finished the first half 13 of 20 for 131 passing yards, plus 52 rushing yards and his 16 yard receiving touchdown.

The Bills tripled up Houston’s offensive yardage in the opening half, and held a 13-4 margin on first downs. Watson has been uncomfortable all day in the pocket—the Bills have sacked him four times. Trent Murphy had two, and Jerry Hughes had two. Watson only has 49 passing yards, minus ten from his sacks.

The Texans will receive the opening kickoff of the second half. The Bills weren’t perfect in the first half, but it’s hard to find criticisms from their work. Here’s hoping they finish the job at the end of the game. This is your second half discussion thread. Go Bills!