Rested and refreshed, the Houston Texans return from their bye week to face the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium. Matt Schaub and company had some extra time to celebrate their first win over the Baltimore Ravens. Their 43-13 domination of the perennial AFC power was a fitting sendoff to their week off.
Buffalo also had additional time to ponder the evolution of their season, which is headed in an uncertain direction after dropping a 35-34 heartbreaker to the Titans. They must be hoping to avoid a repeat of 2011, when they lost seven in a row in their last 10 games after the break.
The question should be not whether Houston wins, but by how much. The Bills are ranked dead last against the rush and seem like a pushover. But the uneven performance of the Texans’ offensive line has caused their running game to sputter at times, even when facing the below average defenses of Tennessee and Green Bay.
The strategy for the rest of the season should be part of the plan for this game and the balance of the schedule. To that end, there are ten key areas the team may want to take under advisement.