It’s that time again, when thoughts of football turn to Wild Card Weekend and the Houston Texans’ odds of winning it all. While hope springs eternal when the NFL Playoffs begin, history has not been kind to the Bill O’Brien led Houston Texans when they’ve made it to the postseason in year’s past.
O’Brien is currently 1-3 in the postseason, having been outscored 50-99 and totally blown out in two of those games.
But this is a new year, and 2020 could be the time for O’Brien to shine.
This weekend, Houston welcomes the Buffalo Bills to town for the first postseason meeting between the two franchises.
- The 2 teams have met in the regular season 9 times, with the Texans leading the series 5-4
- Houston won their last matchup 20-13
- Bill O’Brien is 2-1 against Buffalo
- Sean McDermott is 0-1 against Houston
- Bill O’Brien joined Andy Reid, Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh as the only active head coaches with five winning seasons over their first six years. O’Brien has guided the Texans to four AFC South titles in those six years
- Historically, the Bills are 14-16 while the Texans are 3-5 in the playoffs
- Both teams lost their final game of the regular season last weekend
- The teams are 2-3 against common opponents, with Houston having a slight edge in their victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Buffalo lost to the Patriots in both meetings this season
- Houston’s offense is averaging 23.6 points per game while their defense is giving up 24.1
- Buffalo’s offense is averaging 19.6 points per game while their D is surrendering 16.2
- The Texans offense is gaining an average of 362.0 yards per game
- Houston rushed for 2,009 yards this season, 6th time in franchise history team rushed for 2,000+ yards & 17 TDs, 4th most rush TDs in a single season in franchise history
- The Bills offense is gaining an average of 330.2 yards per game
- Texans ranked 5th in AFC with 23.6 points per game & 6th with 362 yards per game
- Deshaun Watson has completed 333 of 495 pass attempts for 3852 yards, 26 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 98.0 passer rating
- Josh Allen has completed 271 of 461 for 3089 yards, 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and a passer rating of 85.3
- Allen (9) and Watson (7) ranked 1st and tied for 2nd, respectively, in rushing touchdowns among QBs in 2019.
- Watson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young as the only quarterbacks ever with 25-or-more touchdown passes and five-plus rushing touchdowns in multiple seasons.
- Carlos Hyde finished his frist campaign as a Houston Texans with the best season by any running back since Arian Foster. Hyde carried the ball 245 times for 1070 yards, a 4.4 yard average and 6 touchdowns
- Bills rookie Devin Singletary had 151 carries for 775 yards, a 5.1 yard per carry average and 2 touchdowns
- DeAndre Hopkins completed his 3rd career season with 100+ receptions, coming in at 104 catches for 1165 yards, an 11.2 yard per catch average and 7 touchdowns. Hopkins 104 receptions tied for the AFC lead this season
- John Brown had 72 catches for 1060 yards, a 14.7 yard per catch average and 6 TDs
- Houston’s defense surrendered 388.3 yards per game average - good enough to be ranked 28th best in the league. What was once a strength is no more...
- Bills ranked 3rd in NFL in total defense (298.3 yards allowed per game) & scoring defense (16.2 points allowed per game) in 2019. Fewest points allowed per game in single Buffalo season since 1999 (14.3)
- Whitney Mercilus led the Jadeveon Clowney/J.J. Watt-less Texans defense with 7.5 sacks (for discussion’s sake, Clowney had 3 sacks in Seattle this year - not exactly his best season)
- Jordan Phillips led the Bills defense with 9.5 sacks
- Tashaun Gipson led the Texans with 3 interceptions this season - but was put on injured reserve yesterday
- Tre’Davious White led the Bills with 6 picks in 2019. This tied for the NFL lead also
- Houston broke even in the turnover battle, coughing up 22 giveaways and gaining 22 takeaways
- Buffalo is +4 in the turnover battle with 23 takeaways and 19 giveaways
- The Texans won the AFC South division title for 2nd consecutive season & 4th time in past 5 years. They won 10+ games for 4th time in franchise history
- The Bills earned their 2nd playoff berth in past 3 seasons & won 10 games, most since 1999 season (11). This week, they’re going for their 1st postseason victory since 1995
- Bill O’Brien makes 4th career postseason appearance as head coach, most in franchise history
- Sean McDermott makes 2nd career postseason appearance as head coach
- Houston had 3 players named to 2020 Pro Bowl: WR DeAndre Hopkins, left tackle Laremy Tunsil & QB Deshaun Watson
- Buffalo had 1 player named to 2020 Pro Bowl: CB Tre’Davious White, who tied for NFL lead with 6 INTs
There you have it, folks...all the stats you need to grind out those football convos with friends and foes. Who do you think will have a statistically great day? Who will fall from grace?