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Old 10-27-2009   #1
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Preview by : Dan Van Wie

This Sunday, you can expect to see all kinds of weird post-Halloween attired Bills fans in attendance. The Bills are hosting the Houston Texans and are returning home after two consecutive road wins.

The Bills fans will have a chance to turn all of the recent jeers, ghostly boos, and witches cackles into cheers for their Bills, the road warriors that they are. In four road games this year, the Bills beat the Jets and the Panthers, lost to the Patriots by one point, and got blown out by Miami.

Overall, that is pretty impressive when you consider how hard it is to play in a hostile environment in the NFL.

Now they return to the friendly confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium. But, how friendly will the Ralph be on Sunday? Last time the Bills were there, they played arguably one of the worst games in recent memory in an embarrassing loss to Cleveland, 6-3. Nine false start penalties can really get a crowd riled up.

Now known as the infamous "two pass completions and a cloud of dust game," this game gave birth to a highly publicized billboard being erected in Western New York.

Bills fans were screaming for Dick Jauron's head that evening, and Ralph Wilson himself was left speechless. Fast forward to two road games, two upset wins, and Bills fans should be a little more relaxed and encouraged by the recent developments.

That is until the opening kickoff and the first time the Bills' offense takes the field. After that, all bets are off.

The fans are sick and tired of seeing an anaemic offense trotting out there week after week. After seven weeks, want to take a guess who is tied for second place in scoring Bills touchdowns this season?

OK, time is up. The answer is your typical household offensive stalwarts like defensive ends Ryan Denney and Aaron Schobel and safety Donte Whitner.

By scoring the Bills' first rushing touchdown of the year on Sunday, Marshawn Lynch has now officially joined the one touchdown club.

That shows you how bad it has been. How did this team win three games again?

Now, the Bills must prepare to face a legitimate passing attack that comes to town in the form of the Houston Texans. What qualifies them as legitimate?



The Bills' Pass Defense Will Be Really Tested This Weekend

Andre Johnson is ranked as the No. 1 receiver in the NFL. The Texans' passing attack in ranked as No. 2 in the league. Quarterback Matt Schaub is ranked as No. 4. Got your attention yet?

Andre Johnson's teammate, Owen Daniels, is tied for No. 10 in passing yardage. Daniels is a tight end, by the way. The guy caught seven passes for 123 yards last week. The Bills have not had anyone catching passes for over 100 yards in one game all season long.

The closest the Bills had was Freddy Jackson with 83 yards in Week One. Lee Evans had 75 last Sunday, but that has been the biggest output so far.

Oh, and then the Texans have running back Steve Slaton at No. 46 in receiving yards, just to make sure that teams don't give all their attention to Johnson and Daniels. At No. 46, Slaton would qualify as the leading receiver on the Bills.

Schaub's QB passer rating is over 100. He has completed 65 percent of his throws, and has racked up 16 TDs to only five interceptions.



This Should Prove to Be an Interesting Contest —Something Has to Give

It is imperative that the Bills' defensive line puts pressure on Schaub throughout the game. The Bills' improved pass rush has already registered 16 sacks this season, and they will need to keep the pressure on if they are to succeed this week.

It will be a blow to the Bills if they are without Kyle Williams, who left in the first quarter last Sunday and did not return. His status is up in the air as of now.

Schaub has not faced a smoking hot defensive secondary like the Bills. Buffalo has come up with eight interceptions in the last two games and they seem to be poised to be there to collect any errant throw that comes their way. The Bills rank as No. 1 in the NFL in number of passes defended.

Jairus Byrd has now recorded interceptions in three straight games and is No. 2 in the league in picks.

The Bills' defense is tied with New Orleans for most interceptions in the league with 11. So what gives on Sunday: the Bills' turnovers total or Schaub's QB rating?

What won't be known until closer to game day is the health of the Bills' defense. Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott missed last week's game.

If they are deemed to be ready, the Bills have an interesting decision to make as to who to start, who to sit, or if they try to come up with a creative three safety hybrid look to thwart the Texans' passing attack.
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Weather Forecast for Buffalo this weekend.

High of 48, low of 40

light chance of showers.
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Weather Forecast for Buffalo this weekend.

High of 48, low of 40

light chance of showers.
Thats not too terrible
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This should be a good game. The Texans, interestingly enough, usually play well in adverse weather conditions. It kind of reminds me of the Oilers playing the Chiefs way back in the early 90's. The Chiefs had the best secondary in the league, the Oilers ran the Chuck and Duck and the weather was atrocious. Moon threw for the 2nd highest passing ydg. in a single game that afternoon and we routed the Chiefs. Moon would have the highest ydge in a single game if the ref's hadn't blown a call on a 27 yd. pass to Jeffries that was called incomplete but replay showed to be a catch. I'm not saying we're going to rout the Bills, though. I have too vivid of memories of Evans scorching our asses with passes thrown by some guy named Loserman, or something like that.
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