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The Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Bills 20-13 on Sunday afternoon,despite a mediocre performance from the offense. The Texans only was able to gain 216 total yards,3 turnovers ,3 -13 on 3rd down and 27:00 Time of possession.
Once again on a day when the offense struggled, the defense and special teams won the game. The Texans played another smooth brain football game. One filled with punt mishaps, a fumbling quarterback, missed connections, Nathan Peterman entrance, and a game winning Pick 6.
The offensive line still continues to be a struggle with giving up six sacks on the day and Deshaun Watson has been sacked a total of 24 times this season which leads the NFL. Watson still found a way to play considering he was limited in practice all week and was questionable going into the game.
Defense and special teams stepped up and made momentum-shifting plays. Brennan Scarlett recovered a muffed punt and then a punt return blocked by Tyrell Adams in the first half. The Texans converted the turnovers into 10 points. Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown after the early muffed punt recovery. Watson, limited in practice last week with a chest injury, completed 15-of-25 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the win.
Scarlett recorded the first fumble recovery of his NFL career with the muffed punt. The second-quarter blocked punt marked the first blocked punt for the Texans since running back Alfred Blue blocked a punt in Week 1 of the 2014 season vs. Washington.
When Watson and the offense struggled to score late in the game, the Texans defense stepped up and delivered the points. Late in the fourth quarter, when Houston was tied 13-13 with Buffalo, Johnathan Joseph picked off Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman and scored on a 28-yard touchdown return. The Texans regained the lead with 1:23 remaining. Linebacker Zach Cunningham continues to be a force on that defense adding 13 tackles which he leads the team and Benardrick McKinney chipped in with 11 tackles as well.
The Bills next and final drive of the game ended in another interception, this one by Kareem Jackson. The Texans defense held the Bills to 229 total net yards (100 rushing and 129 passing) and 12 first downs (four rushing, eight passing).
In Week 6, the Titans fell 21-0 to the Baltimore Ravens, the Jaguars lost 40-7 to the Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts fell 42-34 to the Jets. For two consecutive weeks, the Texans have been the only AFC South team to win on Sunday.
Houston is 3-3 after starting 0-3 and they have won another one possession game against a bad team. The Colts have lost 4 games in a row and the Jaguars have lost three out of their last four games.
Houston will travel to Jacksonville for a chance to regain the No. 1 spot in the division.