Fresh off a 43-21 dismantling of the Washington Football Team in Week 3, the Buffalo Bills (2-1) host the Houston Texans (1-2) in a Week 4 clash at Highmark Stadium featuring two teams heading in opposite directions.
Buffalo has won two straight since a frustrating loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers to open the season, and Josh Allen, Buffalo’s All-Pro quarterback, has the offense rounding into form following a slow start.
Buffalo is tied with the Denver Broncos in point differential through three weeks (plus 50), while the Texans are onto their second quarterback, rookie Davis Mills, after starter (and former Bill) Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury in a season-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns.
With Buffalo currently a 16.5-point favorite, by far the largest spread of Week 4, it should come as no surprise that the 1 p.m. EDT game will be CBS’ primary broadcast for fans in the Buffalo and Houston viewing markets and most of Upstate New York, along with a pocket in Wyoming and western Nebraska.
CBS’ broadcasting team consists of Beth Mowins handling the play-by-play responsibilities, with former New York Giants’ running back Tiki Barber providing the color commentary.
The areas that can see the game are highlighted in orange (map courtesy of 506sports):
Besides Buffalo hosting Houston, the rest of CBS’ early slate of games includes the Kansas City Chiefs traveling to the Philadelphia Eagles (in red), the Cleveland Browns at the Minnesota Vikings (purple), Tennessee Titans at the New York Jets (green), and Indianapolis Colts at the Miami Dolphins (yellow).
Sunday’s game is the 11th all-time between the Bills and the Texans, with Houston holding onto a 6-4 lead in the series. The last time these two teams met was Jan. 4, 2020 in a Wild Card game that the Texans won 22-19 in overtime in Allen’s second season as starter. You all know what happened in that excruciating playoff setback, so I’ll spare you the painful details.
The last time the Texans came to Orchard Park, Buffalo pulled off a 30-21 victory on Dec. 6, 2015. Tyrod Taylor completed 11 of 21 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns, LeSean McCoy rushed for 112 yards on 21 carries, and Sammy Watkins hauled in three passes for 109 yards and a TD as the Bills snapped a three-game losing streak vs. the Texans.