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.
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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Bills Number 1 Must Get to Watson The Texans offensive line has struggled to keep DeShaun Watson clean. Its why hes not 100 percent healthy coming into this Sundays game (see below). While the Houston QB has taken a good number of his hits on scrambles, hes also been sacked a good deal. Houstons pass blocking efficiency is near the bottom of the league according to Pro Football Focus (29th). Buffalos four-man front has to contain Watson first and get hits on him second to keep Houstons point total to a minimum.
Share Share Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans: television broadcast map, announcers tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Following disappointing starts to the season, the Buffalo Bills (2-3) and Houston Texans (2-3) can each get to .500 with a win Sunday at Houstons NRG Stadium.
Both teams eked out wins in Week 5, with Buffalo riding a solid rushing attack and stout defense to escape with a 13-12 win over the Tennessee Titans. The Texans won the battle of Texas with a 19-16 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys, thanks to Deshaun Watson (375 yards, one passing touchdown) and four field goals from Kaimi Fairbairn.
As was the case with Buffalos home game against the Titans, broadcast coverage of Sundays 1 p.m. Eastern clash with the Texans will be limited to the local markets for both Houston and Buffalo.
Texans-Bills Thursday injury report: RB Miller full participant in practice
This game is CBS featured 1 p.m. telecast for a majority of New York State (west of Albany), the entire state of Texas, the northernmost portion of Pennsylvania, and portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Wyoming, where Bills starting QB Josh Allen went to college.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson was still limited in practice. However, he is not expected to miss Sunday’s game. Also, edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, running back Lamar Miller, and cornerback Shareece Wright were full participants in practice after being held out and limited respectively on Wednesday.
CBS No. 5 broadcasting team of Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and former Bills receiver James Lofton (analyst) will handle the Bills/Texans clash.
The national audience is rather divided this week, with the majority of the country seeing either the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to the Cincinnati Bengals (in red), or the Los Angeles Chargers travel to the Cleveland Browns (green). The other 1 p.m. games features the Indianapolis Colts traveling to the New York Jets (purple).
This will be the ninth meeting all-time, with the teams having split the first eight contests. The last time the Bills traveled to Houston, Buffalo squandered an early 10-0 lead as J.J. Watt picked off E.J. Manuel and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown in a 23-17 win by Houston. Manuel actually tossed a pair of TDs, but also threw two INTs, and the Bills lost despite limiting the Texans to only 37 net rushing yards.