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First-quarter analysis: Mike Gillislee makes a good first impression

The first of two 30-yard run plays for the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter Sunday was turned in by running back Mike Gillislee.


Gillislee ripped off a 30-yard run on his first carry in a Bills uniform, setting up Buffalo's first touchdown. Gillislee, 25, was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday. The former Florida Gator played three games for the Miami Dolphins in 2013, running six times for 21 yards.

Gillislee joined the active roster because rookie Karlos Williams was unable to play with a shoulder injury.

Not ready: Houston cut Buffalo's lead to 7-6 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer to Ryan Griffin. On the play, the Bills' defense was caught making a late substitution and had barely broken the huddle, leaving Griffin wide open. A timeout should have been used by coach Rex Ryan to get his defense set.

Bag of tricks: Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman got creative in the first quarter, running two plays from the Wildcat formation with LeSean McCoy. The first was dropped for a 2-yard loss, but the second went for 5 yards and a first down. Roman also dialed up a reverse, with receiver Robert Woods pitching the ball back to quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He then threw to the end zone, but Sammy Watkins was double-covered and the pass was incomplete.

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