Both are fresh off wins and both and looking to get back to .500 on the year when the Buffalo Bills visit the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The Bills and Texans, both AFC teams, may also look back on this game as a pivotal one when the playoff picture comes into focus later this year.
The move to put Julien Davenport back to his more effective LT position was an improvement. After a slow start, Deshaun Watson has started to carve up defenses, and as we all know OBrien finally, mercifully ended Houstons preseason after regular season Week Three by returning to an offense suited more to Watsons strengths. DOnta Foreman is nearly back and once he gets his legs under him should be a significant improvement over Lamfred Millue. Keke Coutee has emerged as a weapon. The Texans pass rush has started to come alive on the strength of J.J. Watt and JD Clowney. Tyrann Mathieu is starting to settle in as a Texan, and Kareem Jackson is playing very well when hes in there as a safety.
Through the first four games of the 2018 season, the Bills haven’t had much of a running game. Buffalo really didn’t even do that great last week, either. Overall, Buffalo had 144 total rushing yards. However, it was by far LeSean McCoy’s best game and most involvement of the season. The 30-year-old had 85 yards on 24 carries. In his first three games, he had 21 carries, total. Will that workload continue to come to McCoy?
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If I could simulate this season from this point on and stop once I was satisfied with the results, I would simulate, restart, simulate, simulate, and restart until J.J. Watt won Defensive Player of the Uear, the Texans made the playoffs as a wild card team and beat the Bengals, got smeared by New England to end the year, and then after all of it, the Texans fired OBrien and moved on with their life. Best case? Houston makes the playoffs and fires OBrien. This is a possibility, but theres no way its going to happen. Houston will be a slightly below .500 team at worst, and OBrien will be here forever.