1 – The vets still have it
They might be the two oldest players on the roster, but Lorenzo Alexander and Kyle Williams were critical components in what was a dominant defensive effort up front.
Lorenzo Alexander had four tackles, one and a half sacks, two quarterback hits, a tackle for loss and a tipped pass for an interception.
Kyle Williams produced three tackles, two sacks, three quarterback hits, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
Alexander’s interception led to a Stephen Hauschka field goal that cut the Texans lead to 10-3 early in the third quarter as the play swung momentum back to the Bills.
As big an impact as the two veteran captains had in the defensive effort, they were disappointed they could not do more.
“We’ve got to go out there and put our team in position to win games regardless of what’s going on on the other side of the ball,” said Alexander. “I’ve said this all year, we’re supposed to be the leaders and lead the way. If that means only allowing three points every week, and that’s what it takes to win, then we expect ourselves to do it.
“From the outside looking in, that may not seem realistic but that’s the mindset that we have defensively that we have to come out and lead the way and give ourselves a chance and we did that. We just didn’t finish the game like we expected to.”
2 – Numbers to know
58 – Offensive plays for Buffalo
57 – Offensive plays for Houston
2 – Interceptions for Buffalo
2 – Interceptions for Houston
19 – Total hits on QB for Bills defense (7 sacks, 12 QB hits)
6 – Total hits on QB for Texans defense (2 sacks, 4 QB hits)
12 – Penalties for Bills
6 – Penalties for Texans
104 – Penalty yards for Bills
50 – Penalty yards for Texans
71.7 – Passer rating for Josh Allen
61.6 – Passer rating for DeShaun Watson
3 – Around the AFC East
The Jets got seven field goals from Jason Myers and Sam Darnold threw for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns in New York’s 42-34 shootout win over Indianapolis. With the victory the Jets raised their record to 3-3.
The Dolphins improved to 4-2 on the season with a 31-28 win over the Bears without Ryan Tannehill, who missed the game with a throwing shoulder injury. Backup QB Brock Osweiler went 28-44 passing for 380 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the victory as Miami outscored Chicago 18-7 in the second half to win by three.
The Patriots took a barn burner against the previously undefeated Chiefs, winning 43-40 on a game-winning 28-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski on the last play in regulation to improve to 4-2 on the season.
4 – They said it
“Unfortunately, it was a similar formula this week (in the loss). It was too many mistakes early. We started that game with too many mistakes on offense. Penalties, drops and turnovers and that led to a slow start. I believe in what we’re doing, and I believe in our guys, but we’ve just got play better football.”
--Colts head coach Frank Reich
"We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game. We knew it was going to be tough. I think guys did a great job fighting. Things didn't go our way the entire game, but guys kept fighting until the end and we just happened to come out with the win."
--Patriots RB James White