Houston, Texas- Set to host the Buffalo Bills on Saturday in the Wild Card opener of the playoffs, the Houston Texans are already preparing for the do-or-die match-up.
A combination of a disciplined and hard-nosed team that boasts one of the top defensive units in the NFL, the Texans know they have their work cut out for them this weekend.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien likes the makeup of the Bills team and understands a good football team is coming to NRG attempting to end the Texans season.
"Great combination of – you said it, great combination of talent and coaching," O'Brien started on the Bills. "They're very disciplined, they're very well coached. They communicate really well, they play very hard. They're good tacklers, they don't make mistakes, they're not out of position, they make you earn every blade of grass, so to speak. They've got a lot of good players up front, linebackers, in the secondary, a lot of good players. So, it's a big challenge for us."
It will mark the tenth meeting between the two franchises but the first in the post-season. O'Brien knows the Bills are one of the best teams in the AFC, and it starts with quarterback Josh Allen.
This season, Allen has thrown for 3,089 yards (58.8%) for 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for 510 yards and nine touchdowns.
"He's just playing really well," O'Brien said of the Bills young signal-caller. "He makes good decisions with the ball. He's very well coached. Brian Daboll does a good job with him. He knows how to run their offense. He knows what's expected of him. He can run. He's a very athletic guy, he's got good speed. I think he has 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing, so this is a guy that is a very dangerous guy, so we have to do a good job."
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The Bills are averaging 19.6 points per game, but it is their defense that is making the most impact for their season. The Bills defense ranks second in the NFL holding opponents to 16.2 points a game while ranking third in the league holding opponents to 298.3 yards per game.
All Time Texans vs Bills
- 10.13.2002 Texans 24 - Bills 31
- 11.16.2003 Texans 12 - Bills 10
- 9.11.2005 Texans 7 - Bills 22
- 11.19.2006 Texans 21 - Bills 24
- 11.1.2009 Texans 31 - Bills 10
- 11.4.2009 Texans 21 - Bills 9
- 9.28.2014 Texans 23 - Bills 17
- 12.6.2015 Texans 24 - Bills 31
- 10.14.2018 Texans 20 - Bills 13
Also, a top-ten team in the league in quarterback sack (7.96%) and interception (2.53%) rate, the Bills defense can do it all to harass an NFL offense.
"With their scheme and their players and how they coach it and how they play it, it's very difficult to get the ball downfield," O'Brien continued on the Bills defense. "It's very, very difficult. They do a good job of making sure that they keep plays in front of them, no matter what coverage they're in and they do a good job of combining coverage and rush to give you a problem there, too. So, yeah, it's difficult."
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