Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans has established himself as one of the NFL's "best young quarterbacks," so says analyst Matt Sabuda. While he believes Watson and his talented teammates present a major challenge, Sabuda wonders if the Buffalo Bills can "keep their nerves in check" in Saturday's playoff game at Houston. If they do, he says the Bills have the talent to come away with their first playoff win since 1995.


When Sunday's mistakes are recounted---a blocked punt, two late-game interceptions, 12 penalties--it's hard to believe the Buffalo Bills held a fourth-quarter lead against the Houston Texans. The Bills eventually lost, 20-13.  In summing up the game, analyst Matt Sabuda says the biggest mistake may have been made by team management in keeping Nathan Peterman as their backup quarterback.

Buffalo Bills

On a day Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn't at his best, the defense helped the Texans pull out another win. Johnathan Joseph's 28-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining lifted the Texans to their third straight victory, a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Five games into the season, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans each have two wins and three losses. The records, however, don't highlight some of the glaring differences between the teams. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Texans have lost by close margins while the Bills have been blown out in their games. The Houston passing game has been far more prolific with quarterback Deshaun Watson tossing for at least 300 yards in the last four games. By comparison, Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has yet to have a 300-yard passing game.

Despite a losing record, the Buffalo Bills still have hope to reach the playoffs. For that to happen, analyst Matt Sabuda points out the Bills will need help from other teams and they need to beat Houston on Sunday.


The Buffalo Bills visit the Houston Texans Sunday, with both teams sporting 2-1 records. As Matt Sabuda points out in WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook," some other remarkable connections exist, including an unusually close relationship between the head coaches.