The Houston Texans (2-1) are picked by many to beat the Buffalo Bills (2-1) Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium. Both teams enter 2-1 after a taste of defeat from Week 3, with Houston falling to the New York Giants while the Bills lost at home to the San Diego Chargers.
Buffalo has been aided by turnovers, currently tied for the fourth-best differential at +4. The Bills have only committed one turnover, an EJ Manuel interception. Manuel has been cautious when throwing, leading to ball control but also a limited pass attack. The Bills rank 28th in the NFL with 191.3 passing yards per game.
The Giants’s secondary has done its job, holding Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins to just 89 yards and one touchdown through the air. Meanwhile on offense, the Giants are rolling in all phases of the game with 150 yards passing and 48 yards on the ground.
New York has struggled mightily on defense through three games and is looking to turn things around. If the Giants are without Rodgers-Cromartie for an extended period, that’s going to prove more difficult as they navigate the high-powered offenses of the NFC East.
The Giants currently lead Washington, 21-7, as the first half is coming to a close.
Washington cannot afford to lose any more players on offense as quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with a severe ankle injury in Week 2. Williams has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and hasn’t missed a game since becoming a full-time starter.
The 26-year-old out of Oklahoma is an important piece of the offensive puzzle for Washington as it tries to sort out its woes at quarterback. Kirk Cousins is in the midst of his worst game as a professional after throwing four interceptions through three full quarters of action.
On the other side of the ball, DeAngelo Hall is out for the season after rupturing his Achilles. Another injury to a major player would be devastating.