Bills (2-3) at Tex­ans (2-3)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NEWS - Mark Lane

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, NRG Sta­dium, Hous­ton


Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Tex­ans by 9

Bills’ keys to vic­tory: The wild­card team from a sea­son ago has done a good job of pro­duc­ing take­aways. It was a de­cid­ing fac­tor in Buf­falo’s two wins, at Min­nesota and against Ten­nessee. The de­fense, led by the play of LB Tre­maine Ed­munds, will need to cap­i­tal­ize on any chances for take­aways the Tex­ans of­fense presents. QB Josh Allen has thrown only one in­ter­cep­tion in Buf­falo’s two wins, but the rookie will need to heighten his pocket aware­ness against a for­mi­da­ble pass rush. The Bills also need to em­pha­size RB LeSean McCoy and side­kick Chris Ivory to keep Hous­ton’s big­play of­fense on the side­line.

Tex­ans’ keys to vic­tory: The Hous­ton pass rush pro­duced an AFC de­fen­sive player of the week in Week 4 (DE-OLB Jade­veon Clowney) and an AFC de­fen­sive player of the month (DE J.J. Watt). Against a rookie quar­ter­back who leads the NFL in time to throw, Hous­ton has the tal­ent to trans­pose that ex­tra time into hur­ried throws and sacks. The best trait Tex­ans QB De­shaun Wat­son has is turn­ing noth­ing into some­thing. The next best trait he is de­vel­op­ing is not try­ing to force it when no one is open.

Matchup to watch: Bills DE Jerry Hughes vs. Tex­ans LT Marti­nas Rankin. Hughes, 30, is go­ing against a rookie who has done his best to hold the line. Is it a young man’s game, or will ex­pe­ri­ence beat youth?

Who wins? The pres­sure Wat­son will evade is not as strong as the pass rush seek­ing Allen, and the Hous­ton quar­ter­back has more pro­duc­tive tar­gets.

Tex­ans, 27-19

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