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Vic Carucci's Hot Read: Give Ryan credit for keeping Bills together, motivated

Here are some quick thoughts from the Buffalo Bills' 30-21 victory against the Houston Texans Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium:

>After the situation looked so desperate with last Sunday's loss at Kansas City, the Bills are right back into the playoff hunt. And they deserve to be there with an inspired effort in a game that, if they lost, would virtually give them no chance of reaching the postseason. Give Rex Ryan credit for keeping his team together and motivated in the face of a whole lot of second-guessing from some of his players (especially on the defensive line) and fans, many of whom were calling for him to be fired after the KC game.

>Tyrod Taylor managed the offense perfectly on the way to throwing for three touchdowns and running for a fourth. He made some amazing plays with his arm and bought time with his feet against a strong pass rush. In a game so close, his most important statistic was zero turnovers.

>Good things happen when you target Sammy Watkins. And the Bills came out determined to make him the focal point of their offense. He delivered with huge catches, clearly determined to out-perform his former Clemson teammate and good friend DeAndre Hopkins, who entered the game with an NFL-leading 142 targets to Watkins' 48.

>Brian Hoyer had a surprisingly strong game, throwing for three touchdowns. But it was hard to picture him exiting The Ralph with a victory. He simply isn't good enough. And he proved it with multiple opportunities to lead the Texans to victory late.

>The Bills did an excellent job of containing J.J. Watt for most of the day. He did not have a sack or anything close to the monster game so many were projecting because the "entire right side" of the Bills' offensive line was missing: Seantrel Henderson with an illness and John Miller with an ankle injury. Henderson and Miller are far from standout players, so there wasn't much of a dropoff with Jordan Mills starting at right tackle and Kraig Urbik at right guard.

>The Bills ran the ball extremely well in the first half, grinding out 134 yards (72 by LeSean McCoy, who left the game temporarily in the second half to be checked for a concussion). He had a 32-yard run just before the two-minute warning on the winning touchdown drive.

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