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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 10/14/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




BUFFALO (2 - 3) at HOUSTON (2 - 3)
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Week 6 Sunday, 10/14/2018 1:00 PM
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BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-0.82-32-312.68.0221.2(3.9)1.623.615.2330.8(5.4)1.8
Road Games1-2-21-21-210.09.0196.7(3.6)1.725.014.0361.3(5.3)2.0
Last 3 Games2-1+1.22-10-313.311.3220.0(3.8)1.313.37.3312.0(5.1)2.7
Grass Games0-2-20-21-11.50.0149.0(2.9)2.534.521.0396.0(5.5)1.5
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.512.619.330:5225-102(4.1)21-3462.3%237(6.9)59-339(5.7)(15.7)
Offense Road Games10.09.012.328:3825-90(3.5)14-2947.7%107(3.6)55-197(3.6)(19.7)
Defense (All Games)23.615.221.030:4025-96(3.9)25-3767.2%235(6.3)62-331(5.4)(14)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.411.621.532:4325-97(3.9)26-4065.1%281(7)65-377(5.8)(16.2)
Defense Road Games25.014.023.031:2224-91(3.8)29-4466.2%271(6.1)68-361(5.3)(14.5)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-645.6%0-00.0%1-33(23.4)3-26(7.6)6-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.40.81.2 14-640.9%1-159.3%1-31(25.9)20-2(8)7-56
Stats Against (Road Games) 16-746.8%1-00.0%2-35(21.2)4-25(6.2)7-66

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-3.11-32-323.010.0423.4(6.3)1.624.814.2364.2(5.7)1.4
Home Games1-1-1.60-11-120.58.0444.5(6.6)2.021.513.0335.5(5.9)1.0
Last 3 Games2-1-0.61-12-126.012.3451.7(6.4)1.725.712.0383.0(6)1.3
Grass Games1-2-3.10-21-219.37.7442.0(6.9)1.721.013.3318.0(5.6)0.7
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.510.52132:4027-112(4.1)24-3666.8%245(6.8)63-357(5.6)(15.8)
Offense Home Games20.58.023.030:3425-73(2.9)28-4267.9%371(8.8)67-444(6.6)(21.7)
Defense (All Games)24.814.220.231:4228-95(3.4)25-3668.5%269(7.4)64-364(5.7)(14.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Home Games21.513.017.533:3128-106(3.8)21-2974.1%229(7.9)57-335(5.9)(15.6)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-641.1%1-180.0%1-19(16)1-10(7)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-539.7%1-157.8%1-36(25.5)13-2(7.4)6-50
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-540.7%0-0100.0%1-22(15)2-14(7)5-46
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 21.8,  HOUSTON 19.6
BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ BALTIMORE3-47L7.5L38.5O22-8311-33-70234-11726-38-2521
9/16/2018LA CHARGERS20-31L7L42O22-8418-33-209226-10923-27-2400
9/23/2018@ MINNESOTA27-6W16.5W41U38-12815-22-16406-1440-55-2783
9/30/2018@ GREEN BAY0-22L8.5L44U16-5816-33-87332-14122-40-2822
10/14/2018@ HOUSTON            
10/21/2018@ INDIANAPOLIS            
10/29/2018NEW ENGLAND            
11/11/2018@ NY JETS            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ NEW ENGLAND20-27L6.5L49U34-16717-34-158231-12226-39-2673
9/16/2018@ TENNESSEE17-20L-3L41U26-14822-32-289134-10015-22-1830
9/23/2018NY GIANTS22-27L-6.5L44O19-5924-40-368227-11425-29-2650
9/30/2018@ INDIANAPOLIS37-34W-1W48.5O35-11929-42-347117-4140-62-4372
10/21/2018@ JACKSONVILLE            
11/4/2018@ DENVER            
BUFFALO: The Bills were the NFL's most run-heavy team in 2017, and that's unlikely to change under new coordinator Brian Daboll. RB LeSean McCoy is still one of the league's most elusive runners, though he'll be without three starting offensive lineman from a year ago. The passing game is bound to be feeble, as Buffalo has arguably the league's worst receiving corps and a trio of unproven quarterbacks vying for playing time. Buffalo's opportunistic defense had quite a few bounces go their way last season. The secondary was great, with CB Tre'Davious White making an immediate impact as a playmaking rookie and veteran safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer each intercepting five passes. The front seven failed to generate much pass-rushing pressure, though the arrival of former Panthers DT Star Lotulelei gives the Bills a stout interior defensive line.
HOUSTON: Head coach Bill O'Brien overhauled his offense mid-season to fit then-rookie QB Deshaun Watson's strengths, and Watson answered with an electrifying five-game run leading up to his torn ACL. Houston relied on a lot of misdirection that may not be as effective after opponents have an offseason of film study. WR DeAndre Hopkins is football's best contested catch artist, though the rest of the Texans skill-position players have been inconsistent. Injuries are partly to blame for Houston's league-worst 27 PPG allowed. DE J.J. Watt and LB Whitney Mercilus, both of whom missed 11 games in 2017, are key to making Houston's five-across-the-line pass-rush work. Their presence also frees up DL Jadeveon Clowney to avoid double-teams and wreak havoc. The secondary is not built to hold up if the pass-rush isn't getting home, though the addition of former Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu may help a bit.
Texans, Bills try to reach ,500 mark

A pair of teams trying to reach the .500 plateau meet when the Houston Texans (2-3) host the Buffalo Bills (2-3) on Sunday.

The question following the Texans' overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys last week centered on the health of Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson. He has been dealing with a rib injury for about a month and has been sacked 18 times this season while taking 53 hits.

Although Watson was only sacked once against the Cowboys, he took some heavy hits, leading to speculation that he might not Buffalo.

Watson ended that discussion early this week when asked whether he was going to play Sunday.

"For sure," he said. "Another day in the office recovering from the game, getting ready for Buffalo."

The Texans ranked 22nd in total offense after their first two games -- losses to the Patriots and the Titans. But they have moved all the way up to third after gaining 466 yards against the Indianapolis Colts and 462 against the Cowboys, both of which Houston won.

The Texans will try to protect Watson against a Bills defense that leads the NFL in sacks with 22.

Buffalo relies on a lot of players to rush the passer, with defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy leading the way with 3.0 and 2.5 sacks, respectively.

The Bills have forced eight turnovers in their past three games, winning two of them.

If he has time, Watson has receivers who can provide a deep threat.

The Texans' top receiving threat is DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the NFL in receiving yards per game (118.8), and defenses have been doing their best to prevent him from producing a big play.

"They want to make us earn those yards and be able to move down the field in 12 or 13 plays throughout," Watson explained. "That should be in every defensive game plan. Never give up the big play, never let the ball go over your head. We respect that and we just try to find open holes in it."

Houston head coach Bill O'Brien says Watson is particularly productive when the Texans have a sizable gain on first down.

"That's the key, is getting into a rhythm," O'Brien said. "How do you get into the rhythm? Well, you get into the rhythm with a positive first down."

Houston will also try to get its running game going with running back Lamar Miller probably returning after missing last week's game with a chest injury. Running the ball will be a challenge against the Bills, who yield just 96.2 yards per game on the ground.

The Bills have a different way to protect their quarterback, rookie Josh Allen. They run the ball, primarily with LeSean McCoy.

There were reports early in the week that the Eagles were trying to work a trade to acquire McCoy, and Bills head coach Sean McDermott addressed it this week.

"Just to get out in front of this LeSean thing a little bit here as best I can, LeSean is one of our better players, thought he had a good game the other day and we're just looking forward to playing the Houston Texans," McDermott said Wednesday. "We get calls all the time, incoming calls happen all the time, Brandon (Beane, Bills general manager) and I talk a lot and I won't go into any more detail than that."

Sunday was by far McCoy's best game of the year. He has just 170 rushing yards while averaging 3.8 yards per carry in the four games he has played this season.

Allen threw just 19 passes Sunday, completing 10, in the 13-12 victory over the Tennessee Titans. McCoy ran the ball 24 times for 85 yards, and Chris Ivory had 14 carries for 43 yards.

"He's a young player, so I think if you give a young player too much information, sometimes that can cloud them up," said offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, explaining why he is leaning on the running game. "There's a fine line between not giving them enough and then giving them too much. Each week, I think we try to balance it the best we can in terms of the amount of plays, the responsibilities."

Allen has completed just 53.3 percent of his passes for a team that ranks last in passing offense, averaging just 121.8 yards per game.

Allen was sacked just once by the Titans, but the Texans offer a challenge with defensive ends J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

Watt is tied for the league lead in sacks with six, and all six came in the past three games. Clowney has 12 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, six quarterback hits and a fumble recovery that resulted in a touchdown.

Last Updated: 6/2/2020 10:30:24 AM EST

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