The Buffalo Bills lost at the Houston Texans on Sunday 21-9 to drop to 3-5 on the 2012 season. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bills three times into the red zone, but all they came away with was two field goals. Houston converted its red-zone opportunities into touchdowns, while the Bills instead kicked field goals with their chances. That was the difference in the game.
Buffalo's maligned defense held the high-flying Houston offense in check for the majority of the game, as Houston was only up 14-9 at the end of the third quarter. Houston came into the game ranked No. 2 in the NFL, averaging 30.9 points per game. The Bills defense knew they would have their hands full today.
One of the interesting highlights of the game would be the return of Mario Williams, the ex-Texans first overall draft pick, returning to play his first game against his former team.
Coming off its bye week, Buffalo had been 15-8 since 1990, but Houston was coming off of its bye week as well. Rather strange quirk by the NFL schedule maker.
We will proceed to break down the game and look at key issues that helped to determine the outcome.