Quick reactions from the Bills’ tense, 30-21 win over the Texans:
X - The Bills’ best players made a few more plays than Houston’s best players.
X – Shady McCoy did it almost all himself on a 20-yard run on the Bills’ final TD drive. There’s nothing like elite quickness at running back. McCoy set up the 40-yard TD to Charles Clay. Shady also did it all himself on a bounce outside for 34 yards to set up the Bills’ second TD.
X – Tyrod Taylor was better than Brian Hoyer. Taylor threw some great deep balls. The Bills went almost a generation without a QB who could consistently throw deep with accuracy. Maybe, just maybe, they have one in Taylor. Taylor’s throw was perfect on the 53-yard TD pass to Sammy Watkins, which set up the third TD. Watkins’ other deep catch didn’t produce a score but got the Bills out of a bad field-position situation.
X – Houston safety Quintin Demps will have a long flight home. He got a bad jump on one long bomb to Watkins and had “slow eyes” on the decisive TD to Charles Clay. Demps stayed with Matthew Mulligan on a flag route to the sideline and didn’t react to Clay trailing Mulligan and cutting to the middle of the field.
X - The Bills’ defense continues to have a maddening problem lining up in time on some plays. The Bills could not have been more messed up on Houston’s first TD. Houston did not substitute and took 23 seconds to snap the ball after the end of the previous play. First the Bills subbed Corbin Bryant for Leodis McKelvin. Then they sent Kevin Reddick on for Robey. When the ball was snapped, nobody was covering the two receivers to the right and only Stephon Gilmore was covering two receivers to the left. Hoyer could have thrown to three wide-open guys. He picked Ryan Griffin.
X - On the plus side, Dennis Thurman dialed up a nice, six-man blitz on the fourth-and-10 pass in the final two minutes that forced a turnover on downs. Corey Graham got a big hit on the QB to force the incompletion.
X – Give Greg Roman a game ball for a great game plan against a hot-hot-hot Houston defense. The Bills had great variety of runs. They ran away from J.J. Watt much of the day. They used extra offensive tackles. They switched Cordy Glenn to an overload alignment on the right side a few times. They took advantage of Taylor’s legs with some well-designed QB runs. And all that good running set up some big deep balls.