ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds had the primary of Buffalo’s 4 interceptions, and the Payments suffocated the offensively inept Houston Texans in a 40-0 win on Sunday.
Micah Hyde, Tyler Matakevich and Jaquan Johnson, in his first profession begin, every had interceptions, whereas Cam Lewis pressured a fumble as Buffalo overwhelmed rookie quarterback Davis Mills in his second profession begin.
The Payments restricted Houston to 109 yards of offense — 8 within the first half — and 6 first downs to publish their second shutout in three weeks. Buffalo, which blanked Miami 35-0 on Sept. 19, has two shutouts in a season for the primary time since 1990.
Josh Allen completed 20 of 29 for 248 yards with two touchdowns — a 25-yarder and a 1-yarder, each to Dawson Knox — and an interception earlier than giving technique to backup Mitchell Trubisky with 8:03 remaining.
Tyler Bass hit all 4 field-goal makes an attempt — three from inside 30 yards — in a gradual rain. Buffalo led 19-0 by way of three quarters earlier than Knox and Zack Moss, on a 2-yard run, blew the sport open. Trubisky closed the scoring with a 4-yard TD run as Buffalo scored 40 or extra factors in consecutive weeks for the second time in workforce historical past, and first since 1990.
The Payments (3-1), coming off a 43-21 win over Washington, have received three straight since a season-opening loss to Pittsburgh, and are 3-1 or higher by way of 4 video games for the third consecutive season.
Houston (1-3) dropped its third straight, the skid coinciding with starter Tyrod Taylor being sidelined with a hamstring damage in a 31-21 loss at Cleveland in Week 2.
Mills, a third-round choice out of Stanford, was in over his head in opposition to a protection that improved to 10-0 in its previous 10 conferences in opposition to quarterbacks with 16 or fewer begins.
He completed 11 of 21 for 87 yards and obtained little push from a Texans operating assault that completed with 48 yards.
The Payments have held every of their first 4 opponents below 300 yards of offense. Buffalo additionally grew to become the NFL’s first workforce for the reason that 2009 New York Jets to have two shutout wins by 35 or extra factors in a season.
The sport turned within the opening minutes after Allen sailed his first try over the center and was intercepted by Lonnie Johnson Jr., who returned it to Buffalo’s 13. With Houston going for it on fourth-and-3, Mills’ display go to David Johnson was tipped incomplete by Payments linebacker Jerry Hughes to finish the Texans’ finest scoring menace. Houston crossed midfield simply three extra instances on 12 drives.
Edmunds’ interception got here with Houston going through third-and-10 at Buffalo’s 37, when Mills tried to power a go over the center into double protection.
The Texans’ protection held agency by way of three quarters regardless of lacking main tackler, linebacker Zach Cunningham, and defensive sort out Ross Blacklock, who had been positioned on the COVID-19 checklist on Friday.
Buffalo settled for discipline objectives on every of its first 4 journeys inside Houston’s 20.
The climate performed an element, particularly early when Mills had the ball slip out of his fingers on the third play from scrimmage. He recovered it for 9-yard loss. Allen then had problem gripping the ball and was picked off by Johnson Jr.
MOVING ON UP
Allen’s second TD go to Knox was his 103rd profession TD (passing, dashing, receiving), transferring him one forward of Jack Kemp for third on the franchise checklist amongst quarterbacks.
NO KICKING KA’IMI
Ka’imi Fairbarin was restricted to kickoff responsibility in his season debut after lacking the primary three weeks with a groin damage.
Texans: DL Jonathan Greenard didn’t return after sustaining a chest damage within the third quarter. DB Jimmy Moreland didn’t journey with the workforce Saturday after being dominated out with an sickness.