BILLS HAMMER TEXANS
11 critical observations from Texans' 40-0 loss to Bills
The Houston Texans were smashed by the Bills in Buffalo for the worst loss in franchise history. Here are 11 observations from the bludgeoning in Buffalo.
1. There is no rhythm to this offense. It can't run the ball. Davis Mills can't process the information fast enough to decide where to go with the ball when he has multiple reads and that's if someone gets open. Tyrod Taylor has never been more missed by an offense.
2. Davis Mills is stuck between having his training wheels on and having them off. The team didn't seem to trust him much in the red zone after an interception but later he was letting it fly and getting intercepted. Quick work was dangerous too as Mills hit a few tighter windows in the second half but one turned into a fumble.
3. David Culley will lament the turnovers, and sure they can't turn the ball over. The Texans looked bad on drives that ended in punts too. After the game, Culley explained the team wasn't ready to play and he took responsibility for that aspect of the loss.
4. Davis Mills felt like he was trying to do too much more than a few times. It is understandable considering competing with the Bills required points, but Mills tried a little too hard on some plays. There were a few times he passed up easy completions to take a chance.
5. How Davis Mills bounces back will matter more than the poor performance in this game. Mills can't look worse than he did today, but how much better can he look?
6. Tim Kelly disappointed after the team was gifted an interception. Deep in Bills territory, he ran the ball three times before trying a Mills rollout that saw the pass batted down. It was analytically the right move to go for it, but the way the team arrived at the fourth down and what they called was underwhelming.
7. The Tytus Howard at left guard experiment has been underwhelming. Howard doesn't get the push at left guard you would expect. Howard had a killer holding call early. This doesn't look like it is changing, but it visually needs to improve as Howard is one of the young pieces the team should be able to count on this year.
8. Even when the game was closer, the rushing attack is still a disaster for this team. Phillip Lindsay rarely has a positive play for this team carrying the ball.
9. The defense deserves some credit for their first-half performance. The Bills had very favorable field positions and the defense was able to force a handful of field goals and even stopped the Bills on a fourth-down try. Yes, the Bills got going in the second half, but the first half with some useful offense might have looked a bit different.
10. A small bright spot was the play early of Kamu Grugier-Hill filling in for Zach Cunningham who missed Sunday's game. Grugier-Hill surely should factor into the long-term plans for this team.
11. The lowest point of the season so far, and there needs to be a lot of work to make sure this remains the lowest point. Tyrod Taylor is out for at least another game, so Davis Mills and the offense have to bounce back against a Patriots team that is very challenging for rookie quarterbacks.