The Buffalo Bills handled the Houston Texans with ease in the first half today, opening up a 16-0 lead on a rainy afternoon in Orchard Park. Facing a rookie quarterback in Davis Mills, the Bills’ defense has taken off their training weights, and completely crushed Houston’s offense. Mills is 1-of-7 for three yards and two interceptions, and he’s taken three sacks, while the Texans have rushed 11 times for 27 yards. The only time Houston came close to scoring, after an interception set them up in the red zone, Jerry Hughes tipped a pass on 4th & 2 to kill the drive and end the danger.
Offensively, the Bills really struggled in the downpour out of the gate. Allen’s first pass went between two open receivers, directly to a Texans defender for an interception. He had another bad overthrow on their second drive. But they started finding some rhythm on the third drive, thanks to Allen’s 16-yard run on a QB sneak to the sidelines on fourth down. Allen later pump-faked and hit Dawson Knox in stride for a 25-yard touchdown to open the scoring. The team has had two other offensive drives end with field goals, and took another drive into Houston territory but a botched snap and an incomplete pass led to that drive ending on downs.
The Bills set up one more interception late in the half, which gave them one more scoring opportunity. Some smart throws and powerful running brought the Bills to Houston’s 2-yard line, but Allen’s pass to Zack Moss fell incomplete, and the Bills settled for another field goal.