The Buffalo Bills closed as 18-point favorites over the visiting Houston Texans, and even that wasn’t wide enough for Davis Mills & Co. to cover. Josh Allen and the Bills cruised to a 40-0 victory to improve to 3-1 on the season.
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Josh Allen threw an ugly interception off play-action to Texans defensive back Lonnie Johnson on his first pass of the game, but Houston couldn’t turn the pick into points on the ensuing drive. It wasn’t until a late first-quarter touchdown to Dawson Knox that Allen really started to hit his stride. Completing 20-of-29 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns and one pick, Allen should finish PFF’s grading reviews with passing grade between 70.0 and 75.0. He was charted with three big-time throws and thee turnover-worthy plays on first review.
Devin Singletary was the most impressive Bills running back on Sunday. He broke seven tackles on his 15 touches and picked up 86 total yards. Zack Moss didn’t record a reception but added 61 rushing yards on his 14 carries with just one broken tackle.
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Star wideout Stefon Diggs led the team in targets (10), receptions (8) and receiving yards (114). Four of his receptions went for more than 15 yards. Veteran Emmanuel Sanders was similarly impressive with his four first-down receptions and 74 total receiving yards on five catches.
Center Mitch Morse was the only Bills offensive lineman with a PFF grade above 70.0 on first review. He allowed just one pressure and earned a 70.0-plus PFF run-blocking grade. Ike Boettger, Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams allowed two pressures apiece.
Tremaine Edmunds will likely finish reviews as the Bills’ highest-graded player against Houston. He was stout in run defense, recorded zero missed tackles and allowed just one reception from three targets while recording a pick in coverage.
Davis Mills only passed for 87 total yards, so there weren’t a ton of negatives to account for from the Bills’ secondary. Both Damar Hamlin and Cameron Lewis recorded forced incompletions, and safety Micah Hyde had himself an interception. No Bills defensive back allowed more than 16 yards into their coverage.
It was another bad day at the office for Mills. He entered Sunday as PFF’s lowest-graded quarterback in the NFL and did nothing to leap out of that spot against Buffalo. He complete just 11-of-21 passes fo 87 yards and four interceptions, taking three sacks. He’ll finish PFF’s review process with a sub-45.0 grade.
David Johnson was the only Texans running back with a forced missed tackle against Buffalo, and he broke just one on his five carries on his way to 21 rushing yards. Veteran Mark Ingram led the Texans backfield with 24 rushing yards on his six carries.
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Brandin Cooks was the only receiver in a Texans uniform with an even remotely notable performance on Sunday. He caught 5-of-7 targets for a team-high 47 yards, picking up two first downs in the process. He also hauled in one of his two contested-catch opportunities.
Tackle Marcus Cannon was the only Texans offensive lineman with a grade above 60.0 on PFF’s first review of the broadcast film. The run blocking across the board was the driving factor in the overall low grades, and left tackle Laremy Tunsil and center Justin Britt still kept clean sheets in pass protection.
Veteran Maliek Collins recorded one of the highest single-game performances of his career against the Bills’ interior offensive line. He earned a 70.0-plus run-defense grade and recored three total pressures on the day.
Both Christian Kirksey and Kamu Grugier-Hill recorded more than 60 defensive snaps played against Buffalo. The duo combined for 14 total tackles and earned 70.0-plus PFF coverage grades on first review.
Veteran Terrance Mitchell was especially impressive in coverage on Sunday. He was targeted seven times and allowed just 42 yards in coverage. He recorded a forced incompletion and a 90.0-plus PFF coverage grade on first review.