Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was unable to get anything going in the first quarter. The running game for the Bills, featuring both running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, was also ineffective.
However, one bright spot for the Bills’ offense in the first quarter may have been wide receiver Stevie Johnson. Johnson was Fitzpatrick’s favorite target during the quarter, catching three passes for 29 yards.
For the most part, the Bills defense wasn’t able to stop the Texans offense during the first quarter. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was able to complete five passes, including a 39-yard touchdown pass to tight end Owen Daniels.
Kyle Moore, however, made several good plays during the quarter, including recording his first NFL sack. The sack forced the Texans to punt the ball.
Looking to turn things around to start the second quarter, the Bills offense got off to a good start and picked up a quick first down. After an encroachment penalty against the Texans, the Bills picked up another first down on a pass from Fitzpatrick to wide receiver Donald Jones.
The Bills got a huge play from Spiller after the running back caught a short pass from Fitpatrick and ran for 28 yards. After Spiller’s run, Fitzpatrick was forced to scramble on two consecutive plays. As a result, the Bills were attempted a field goal, which kicker Rian Lindell missed.
On their ensuing drive, the Texans marched down the field using a combination of passing and running plays. But, former Texan Mario Williams was able to sack Schaub and the defense held tight on the next play to force the Texans to attempt a field goal. The field was blocked by the Bills’ Alex Carrington.
The Bills offense was able to show some life after the blocked field goal. Running back Jackson ran for 13 yards, and Fitzpatrick found tight end Dorin Dickerson for a 13-yard gain. Fitzpatrick then found wide receiver Jones for a 14-yard reception.
A few plays later, the Bills sent out Lindell, who made a 22-yard field goal.
After the Bills forced the Texans to punt the ball, they began to move down the field toward the end-zone. C.J. Spiller was able to pick up a first down to get the Bills in field goal range and provide them with the opportunity to take a couple of shots at the end-zone.
However, Fitzpatrick was sacked near the 15-yard line, which forced the Bills to settle for a Lindell field goal.
The Bills’ offense stuttered to start the third quarter. Fitzpatrick was unable to connect with his receivers, and the Bills went three-and-out. The Texans responded by a scoring a touchdown, which made the game 14-6 in favor of the Texans.
The Bills drew closer to the Texans with another field goal.
But the Texans continued to take control of the game, scoring a touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The Bills and Texans went back and forth through most of the quarter with neither team gain much ground.
Fitzpatrick was sacked at the end of the quarter to bring a game to a close.
The loss puts the Bills at 3-5 on the season. The Bills play the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. next Sunday.
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