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Second-quarter analysis: Getting Sammy Watkins the ball is a good thing

Throw it to Sammy Watkins.

That philosophy has shown it works for the Buffalo Bills.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor did just that in the second quarter to set up the Bills' third touchdown, helping them take a 21-13 halftime lead against the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Taylor completed a 53-yard bomb to Watkins, who split a double team to come down with the catch. Watkins caught two of his three targets in the first half for 56 yards and a touchdown.

The Bills went a perfect 3 for 3 in the red zone in the first half, with the third touchdown coming on a 2-yard completion to Robert Woods. Texans rookie cornerback Kevin Johnson was in coverage against both Watkins and Woods on their touchdown receptions.

Tough tackling: The Bills' defense had too many issues with tackling in the second quarter. The most glaring came on Houston's second touchdown. During the drive, Bills linebacker Manny Lawson blew a tackle on running back Jonathan Grimes in the open field. Three plays later, Texans running back Chris Polk shrugged off a hit from Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore – who  led with his shoulder – and got into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown.

Key stat: The Bills ran the ball 19 times in the first half, almost three times as much as they threw it (seven attempts).

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