Feel free to post links to articles about the Bills game or sites that feature Texans - Bills banter here (no full copy-and-paste articles unless from houstontexans.com please). I will update this thread with links leading up to the game in the coming days. I'll clean up and archive this thread for future reference if you want to park a game related link here. Bills scouting report By Kris Krikes www.HoustonTexans.com Matchup (real player video with Palmer breaking down Bills defense) Gamecenter Buffalo Bills official site BuffaloRange.com (talk to rival fans) Matchup One season after missing an AFC Wild Card with a 9-7 record, the Buffalo Bills have their sights set on ending their five-year playoff drought. After starting 0-4, the Bills finished 2004 strong, winning eight of their final 10 games. Sundays game marks the third all-time regular season meeting between the Texans and Bills (tied 1-1). The last time the teams played was in Week 9 of 2003 when the Texans won 12-10. Facing last years second best defensive unit this weekend, the Texans offense will have their work cut out. Blitzin Bills: Last week, head coach Dom Capers said that everything this Sunday will start with the Bills defense. The unit returns 10 starters from last years squad. After four preseason games, the Bills defense hasnt shown any signs of slowing down. The Bills secondary is comprised of a group of seasoned backs that have made 11 total Pro Bowl appearances. Cornerback Nate Clements, who slightly injured his shoulder in the Bills final preseason loss to the Detroit Lions, returns from his first Pro Bowl season healthy. Last year, the Bills 24 interceptions were the second most in the league and Clements career-high six interceptions led the team for the fourth consecutive year and tied for third in the league. Clements also registered a career-high 87 tackles and four forced fumbles, while posting a half sack, 11 passes defensed and one fumble recovery. On the other side of the field, the Texans should beware of cornerback Terence McGee, who went to Honolulu last season as a kick returner. Free safety Troy Vincent and strong safety Lawyer Milloy bring even more experience and consistency to the Bills secondary. Vincent is a five-time Pro Bowler with 13 years of NFL experience and Milloy meanwhile is coming off an impressive season where he posted 108 tackles, a career-high four sacks, two interceptions and five passes defensed. The success of the secondary has been due, in part, to the solid play of the defensive line. While no one member of the line finished among the NFLs top-25 in sacks last season, the Bills 45 team sacks tied for third most in the NFL with Indianapolis, New England and Tampa Bay. Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams, a 6-5, 365-pound Houston native, anchors the Bills line. He finished with 40 tackles, five sacks, one interception and two passes defensed. The linebackers unit, which has played together for three seasons, should continue to do a good job supporting the line. Led by eight-year veteran outside linebacker Takeo Spikes, the Bills linebackers look to continue what they finished last year. Spikes returns from his second consecutive Pro Bowl season, where he finished with five interceptions for 126 yards (two returned for TDs), three sacks, four forced fumbles and 14 passes defensed. Baby steps: Following a particularly embarrassing home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final game of 2004, the Bills handed the quarterback reigns from veteran Drew Bledsoe to second-year quarterback J.P. Losman, who has completed three passes for 32 yards in his career. Losman, the 22nd overall choice in the 2004 NFL Draft, was the first quarterback selected by the Bills in the first round since Jim Kelly in 1983. The Bills hope that the young signal-callers mobility and athleticism will work well with their primarily run-oriented offense. The Bills had the eighth-highest percentage of rushes to passes last season, running on 49.1 percent of their plays. This season, Buffalo would like to improve its production inside the red zone, where they finished 30th in the NFL in touchdown percentage last year. Running back Willis McGahee, the 2004 Comeback Player of the Year, will lead the Bills rushing attack in 2005. McGahee rushed for more than 100 yards in seven of his 11 starts, becoming just the third player since 1970 to rush for more than 100 yards in his first three NFL starts. McGahee had five multi-touchdown games last season, finishing with 1,128 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, which is second most all time in Bills history (O.J. Simpson had 16 in 1975). The Bills aerial attack is led by physical, veteran wide receiver Eric Moulds and second-year wideout Lee Evans. Moulds holds the Bills records for receptions and receiving yards in a season. The three-time Pro Bowlers 1,043 receiving yards last season marked his fourth 1,000-yard season in Buffalo . His 110-game reception streak is fourth among all active players. Opposite Moulds, the speedy Evans looks to improve on a stellar rookie campaign, when he led all NFL rookie receivers and set a Bills rookie record with nine touchdowns. Finally, as with the Texans, there is still much concern as to whats going to happen with the Bills offensive line. Last season, the Bills allowed 38 sacks (tied for 18 th in the league) for a loss of 215 yards. The unit did allow the Bills to rush for an average 117.1 yards per game, just under the Texans for 13 th in the NFL. Dual personality: Ranked among the highest special teams units last year, the Bills special teams is led by starting cornerback McGee. Last season, McGee led the AFC with his 26.6 yard kickoff return average and three return scores. Kicker Rian Lindel had his highest scoring season last year, nailing 24 of 28 on field goals for 117 points (ninth best in the NFL). Lindel, however, was just two-of-five on kicks of more than 38 yards and had some gut-wrenching misses in both the season opener and the finale loss to Pittsburgh .