Whether you win or lose in the NFL it's important to move on to the next week's game as quickly as possible, mentally and physically. And that's especially true after what the Texans went through in Buffalo during a 40-0 loss.
We've been through more painful defeats, given the context. But this one hurt plenty. I don't want to get into ranking them now. This one stings because it shows how much work needs to be done, especially on offense where the Texans have generated just one touchdown in their last two outings.
Yes, Houston has been playing good teams. But look at the schedule. Every week is a major hurdle and they need to play better in a hurry to avoid more afternoons like Sunday's tilt in Western New York.
The game started with the offense on its heels, committing a holding penalty then fumbling but recovering on the way to a three-and-out. There was an early spark with Lonnie Johnson Jr. picking off Josh Allen and returning the ball into the red zone. But the Texans ultimately turned it over on downs at the six-yard line and would never have a better scoring opportunity again.
After getting the ball to the Buffalo 37, Davis Mills would throw the first of four picks to get the Bills going. They scored on the ensuing possession and never looked back.
Credit the defense for keeping things within striking distance. They stopped three Bills' drives in the red zone, forcing short field goals to keep it to a two score game at halftime. But the Texans managed only one first down in the third quarter while Buffalo played keep-away, holding the ball for over 11 minutes.
An 11-play 84-yard drive put the game away for good for the Bills.
Yes, the Texans need to put this one behind them but they also need to learn from it. They had chances in the first half and came up empty or, worse, turned it over. They also are challenged in running the football. They've failed to hit the 50-yard mark in the last two games and moving the ball through the air hasn't been any easier.
Davis Mills was only sacked three times but was under duress too often and couldn't get into any rhythm at all. And without the threat of a run and with the score sliding in the wrong direction, the defense for Buffalo was able to tee off and make stops.
The Patriots come calling next. The score is 0-0 and somehow the Texans have to find a way to move the ball and create a fourth quarter opportunity for themselves. Click here for tickets.
Anything can happen in the NFL. It did Sunday with the Jets beating Tennessee and the Texans suffering their most lopsided defeat. They need a great week of prep to get ready for another tough task on Sunday.
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