Bills at Texans

Sal's keys, notes and stats

October 14, 2018 - 5:47 am

by Sal Capaccio

Here are three key storylines, as well as notes and stats heading into Sunday as the Bills try to even their record at 3-3 at the Houston Texans:

1. Watt and Clowney can wreck a gameplan

The Bills’ offense has to somehow find a way to block J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney or it’s going to be a long day for them, and maybe specifically quarterback Josh Allen. Watt is back to his dominant self after injuries had slowed him for a couple years.  He’s tied for the NFL lead with six sacks (his brother T.J. is one of players he’s tied with), shares the league lead with Khalil Mack with four forced fumbles, and is tied for fourth in tackles for loss with seven.  Clowney is second on the Texans with 2.5 sacks and six tackles for loss.  

2. White vs. Hopkins

It sounds like a heavyweight fight, and if it wasn’t for their actual weight, it might actually be considered that, because Bills’ cornerback Tre’Davious White is quickly putting his name in the “shutdown corner” category of players, while Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the league with 594 yards receiving and is sixth in the NFL with 39 catches.  White has done a tremendous job on the opponent's top wideout every week so far.  Over the past three weeks, the Vikings’ Stefon Diggs, Packers’ Davante Adams, and Titans’ Corey Davis have been held to an average of only five grabs for less than 50 yards, all while primarily being covered by White.  If the second-year cornerback can keep Hopkins from being a factor it will a long way towards a Bills’ victory.

3. Watson’s health

All week there’s been a question of whether or not Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson would even be able to play in this game due to a chest injury he suffered last week against the Dallas Cowboys.  Watson has been hit a ton this season already and is banged up.  If he cannot go it will be veteran Brandon Weeden under center for Houston.  But even if Watson does play, the Bills need to be physical with him every chance they can to make him think twice about being exposed outside of the pocket, where he does some of his best work

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