NFL Capsule: Bills at Texans

NFL Capsule: Bills at Texans

BUFFALO (3-4) At HOUSTON (6-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Texans by 11

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 3-4; Houston 5-2

SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 3-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 28; Texans No. 3

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Bills 31-10, Nov. 1, 2009

LAST WEEK - Bills had bye; Texans had bye





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bills 16-8 in games following bye week since 1990. ... Bills have allowed eight sacks, second-fewest in NFL. ... Bills lead AFC in average yards per carry (5.3). ... RB C.J. Spiller averaging NFL-best 7.26 yards per carry. He has six rushes of 20 yards or more, tied for second in league. ... RB Fred Jackson needs 9 yards rushing to reach 4,000 in five-plus seasons with Buffalo. ... QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 71 touchdown passes for Buffalo, fourth on team's career list. ... WR Stevie Johnson has 21 touchdown catches since 2010, fourth among AFC receivers. He has 13 TD catches on road since 2010. ... DE Mario Williams, top overall pick in 2006 draft by Houston, has 56 1/2 career sacks. ... Bills' defense ranks last in scoring (32.4 points per game), and has allowed at least 35 points in three of last four games. ... Texans 2-4 after bye week under Gary Kubiak. ... QB Matt Schaub has won nine of last 10 starts. He ranks fourth in AFC in passer rating (93.1). ... Houston QBs have completed 65.3 percent of passes under Kubiak, the league's second-highest percentage. ... RB Arian Foster is AFC's second-leading rusher (659 yards) and leads NFL with 10 total touchdowns. He has 19 career 100-yard rushing games. ... RB Ben Tate missed Wednesday's practice with sore hamstring. ... Texans 38-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 times or more. ... WR Andre Johnson averaging 78.3 yards receiving per game in career, highest average in NFL history among players with at least 100 games played. Johnson averaging 5.74 receptions per game, second-most in NFL history among players with at least 500 catches. ... Texans have scored 54 points (six touchdowns, four field goals) off 13 takeaways. ... DE J.J. Watt leads NFL in sacks (9 1/2) and tackles for loss (15). He also leads all defensive linemen and linebackers with 10 passes defensed.


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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 


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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line


Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to schedule and time constraints, this podcast was recorded by phone and the audio quality is not up to our usual standards.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.