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Points after: Texans 21, Bills 9

By Tim Graham

HOUSTON -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' 21-9 loss to the Houston Texans this afternoon in Reliant Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills have lost four of their past five games, dropping to the bottom of the AFC East at 3-5 along with the idle New York Jets, who hold the tiebreaker because they beat the Bills on opening day.

Star of the game: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub didn't remind Houstonians of Warren Moon, but he made big throws when he had to. Schaub was 19 of 27 for 268 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Bills star of the game: C.J. Spiller averaged 6.5 yards a carry. Problem is, he ran only six times. He also had five catches for 63 yards, but two of those catches were for 19 yards in the final minute. It's not his fault Chan Gailey didn't get him the ball more.

Play of the day: Let's just stick with the touchdown that gave Houston the lead for good. In the first quarter, tight end Owen Daniels broke free downfield and Schaub found him for a 39-yard score.

Mario Williams homecoming: Bills defensive end Mario Williams recorded a sack in his return to Reliant Stadium. He used an inside swim move to beat right tackle Derek Newton in the second quarter.

Johnson versus Johnson: Three different Bills cornerbacks tried to guard him, but Texans receiver Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 118 yards. Bills receiver Stevie Johnson had three catches for 29 yards.

Stat of the game: Houston dominated time of possession in the second half at 19:49, including a touchdown possession that lasted 11 plays and 6:03 at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter. For the game, Houston had possession for 34:03.

Preliminary injury report: Bills cornerback Aaron Williams was beaten by Andre Johnson for a 34-yard gain on the Texans' first series of the second half. On the tackle, Johnson fell hard on Williams' right knee. Williams left the game and didn't return.

Coming up: The Bills will make their annual trip to Foxborough, Mass., where the New England Patriots are coming off their bye week.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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