The first half here at Ralph Wilson Stadium sure looks the first half the Buffalo Bills had last week at Arrowhead Stadium
This offense is rolling to the tune of 204 total yards. Will the Bills keep it up?
A few halftime thoughts...
Left side, strong side: The Bills might just want to run to the left side the rest of the game. With both starters out on the right side, OC Greg Roman called several LeSean McCoy runs to the left and the veteran has found a rhythm in rushing for 72 yards on 11 attempts. On one, he broke a tackle a the line of scrimmage and raced ahead for 32 yards. His burst and vision seem to be as good as ever and both Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn have been mostly mauling defenders up front. And right tackle Jordan Mills has mostly held up in place of Seantrel Henderson. While J.J. Watt has moved around on the line, he hasn't been much of a factor yet.
Deep shot: There was no indecision on this bomb. Tyrod Taylor had time to set up and launch a 53-yarder to Sammy Watkins at the end of the first half to set up a third touchdown. It didn't matter that two defenders were there on site. Watkins got the step on rookie Kevin Johnson deep middle, a safety raced over and Taylor still gave him a chance. Not a bad strategy. This is what Roman wants to do. Run, run, run and take a timely shot deep. Taylor is 4 of 7 with two touchdowns.
Man down: Already down Nigel Bradham at inside linebacker, the Bills lost Tony Steward to a back injury. He's questionable to return. In his place is Kevin Reddick.
OK on D: The run defense was up and down. Chris Polk ripped the defense for one 20-yarder as the Texans continue to work multiple pedestrian backs in. Buffalo's defense was burnt on one third-and-7 draw to Jonathan Grimes that set up a touchdown, too. But overall, the Bills have done a nice job of taking top threat DeAndre Hopkins out of the game --- that's what matters most. Hopkins has only one catch for six yards.
Weakest link: It appears the Bills have found the match-up they want in the Texans secondary. On both touchdowns. Taylor went after rookie Kevin Johnson --- once to Watkins, once to Robert Woods. He's having problems locating the ball in the air, often caught his back turned. Unlike the second half in Kansas City, the Bills probably should keep going after a weak link on defense. After Sean Smith's sloppy first half, they stopped testing him deep.
Wildcat Alert: It hasn't always been pretty but the Bills have gone to the Wildcat several times today. McCoy converted one third and 2 out of the funky set. Remember, QB coach David Lee was on the Miami Dolphins' offensive set when the shortlived Wildcat broke onto the scene. It does allow McCoy to instantly pick and choose lanes to run through instead of taking a hand-off.