Texans: What We Learned Against Buffalo

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The Houston Texans went on the road and scored a 31-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills to improve their record to 5-3. Let's see how our keys to victory played out.

Three most important things for the Texans on defense:

1. Don't allow the big play. The biggest play Buffalo had was a Terrell Owens reverse that he took 29 yards for a touchdown. There were no other big plays for the Bills or really even medium sized plays.

2. Keep Fitzpatrick in the pocket. Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn't get much going in his limited opportunities with the football.

3. Keep the run-stopping momentum going. Houston shut down Lynch and company, and if you take away the Owens reverse, the Texans held Buffalo to less than four yards per carry.

Three most important things for the Texans on offense:

1. Run Slaton. Steve Slaton was a non-factor as he was benched after yet another fumble. Houston certainly didn't abandon the run as they made Ryan Moats their featured back and he ran for 126 yards on 23 carries with three touchdowns.

2. Spread it around. Schaub struggled early, but rebounded to hit 10 different receivers.

3. Score touchdowns in the red zone. The Texans were able to run the ball in the red zone and that helped contribute to the blowout victory.

What to look for:

1. Look for Steve Slaton to go over the century mark. How about one carry for one yard? Substitute Moats for Slaton and we look like geniuses.

2. Look for T.O. to score. Owens scored on the ground with a 29-yard reverse.

3. Look for Matt Schaub to throw for less than his average of nearly 300 yards per game. Schaub had a rough beginning to the game but rebounded for a 25 of 34, 268-yard performance.

4. Look for a score for Andre. Johnson did not find the end zone, as the Texans did most of their damage on the ground.

5. Look for the Texans to improve to 5-3. It might not have been easy, but it sure looked that way. Once Houston stopped turning the ball over they scored 25 unanswered points in the second half en route to the blowout victory.

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