Bills vs. Texans Prediction
When: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 4:35pm EST
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
After 17 weeks of the regular season, we’ve arrived at the postseason as 12 teams battle it out looking to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Buffalo Bills tangle with the Houston Texans in an AFC Wild Card matchup in the Lone Star State Saturday afternoon. Buffalo ended their regular season with a 13-6 home loss to the Jets Sunday afternoon. Houston was whipped 35-14 by Tennessee in their regular season finale Sunday afternoon. The Texans lead the all-time regular season series 5-4, including a 20-13 home win in the most recent matchup on October 13, 2018. This marks the first time that the teams have met in the postseason.
Buffalo Bills Preview
Buffalo rode their defense and an opportunistic offense as they have found ways to win close games this season. The Bills finished 10-6 on the year and recorded their first 10-win season since Doug Flutie was in town back in 1999. Buffalo opened the year with a come from behind 17-16 win over the Jets on the road and then dumped the Giants 28-13 in the same stadium in week 2. The Bills rallied for a 21-17 home win over Cincinnati in week 3 before falling 16-10 to New England at home for their lone loss in week 4. Buffalo earned a hard-fought 14-7 road win over Tennessee to head into the bye with momentum. Coming out of the bye, the Bills had a home date with winless Miami, prevailing 31-21 before getting drubbed 31-13 at home by the Eagles. Buffalo rebounded to down Washington 24-9 before losing at Cleveland 19-16. The Bills went to Miami and dropped the Dolphins (37-20) before stifling the Broncos (20-3) at home before beating Dallas (26-15) on the road in their first Thanksgiving appearance since 1994. Buffalo lost a tough game at home to Baltimore (24-17) but clinched a playoff spot in week 15 by beating Pittsburgh (17-10) on the road. The Bills missed a chance at winning the AFC East with a tough (24-17) road loss to New England, locking them into the top wild card spot. That made week 17’s contest with the Jets a meaningless contest.
Against the Jets, Buffalo rested star corner Tre’Davious White along with receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley. Rookie running back Devin Singletary and rookie tight end Dawson Knox both sat out as well. That left a lot of unproven commodities on the field and it led to a loss, though it didn’t impact anything in the grand scheme of things. Against the Jets, Buffalo pulled Josh Allen and other starters after a couple series. The Bills trailed 3-0 at the half and tied the game after three quarters. Buffalo was outscored 10-3 in the fourth to take the loss. The Bills owned a 309-271 edge in total offense but were edged in first downs (18-17) and time of possession (31:21 to 28:39) in the game. Buffalo committed three turnovers while forcing just one takeaway in the game.
Houston Texans Preview
Houston has been involved in a lot of tight games this season with 11 of their 16 contests decided by seven points or less at this point of the season. The Texans are 8-3 in those games and their win over Tampa Bay in week 16 clinched the AFC South title. Houston dropped their opener on Monday Night Football, losing 30-28 to the Saints on a 58-yard field goal as time expired. The Texans bounced back with wins over Jacksonville (13-12) at home and the Chargers (27-20) on the road. Houston was defeated 16-10 at home by Carolina before rebounding with a home win over Atlanta (53-32) and a road triumph over Kansas City (31-24) before their loss to Indianapolis (30-23) on the road in week seven in a battle for the top spot in the AFC South. The Texans bounced back by sneaking past the Raiders 27-24 in week eight before whipping Jacksonville 26-3 in their final game before the bye. Coming out of the bye, the team was pulverized by the Ravens 41-7 before edging the Colts (20-17) at home on a Thursday night. The Texans followed that up with a 28-22 home win over New England before sleepwalking through a 38-24 home loss to Denver that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. Houston bounced back with a 24-21 win at Tennessee that gave them the upper hand in the AFC South race leading into their game with Tampa Bay. The Texans clinched the division title with a 23-20 road win over Tampa Bay in week 16, setting the stage for their season finale.
After seeing Kansas City beat the Chargers in the 1 pm ET window, the Texans knew they were locked in for this matchup. As a result, the Texans sat Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Carlos Hyde and other starters to avoid any injuries. Houston went down the field, covering 75 yards in 15 plays and taking 7:35 off the clock after the opening kickoff, to take a 7-0 lead. That was their high point in the game as they were thrashed the rest of the way. The Texans gave up the tying score in four plays, 75 yards and 1:52 off the clock and things went downhill from that point. Houston was outgained 467-301, gave up 25 first downs while picking up 20, and committed the game’s lone turnover in the contest. That more than negated Houston’s 31:39 to 28:21 edge in time of possession.
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The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. The Bills compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays their home games at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills are the only NFL team that plays its home games in the state of New York. The Bills conduct summer training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York, an eastern suburb of Rochester.
The Bills began play as an original franchise of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. The club joined the NFL as a result of the AFL–NFL merger for the 1970 season. The 1964 and 1965 Bills were the only teams representing Buffalo that won major league professional sports championships (“back-to-back” American Football League Championships). The Bills are the only team to win four consecutive conference championships and are the only NFL team to lose four consecutive Super Bowl games. The team was owned by Ralph Wilson from the team’s founding in 1960, until his death in 2014 at the age of 95. After his death, Wilson’s estate reached an agreement to sell the team to Terry and Kim Pegula, which was approved by the other NFL team owners on October 8, 2014. The Bills formerly possessed the longest active playoff drought in any of the four major professional sports in North America: they did not qualify to play in the NFL playoffs from 1999 until 2017 and were the last NFL team (and last team in the major North American professional sports leagues overall) to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the 21st century.