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The Houston Texans (6-1) and Buffalo Bills (3-4) both return from open dates to meet on Salute To Service Day at Reliant Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is at noon CDT.

Related: Game preview • Texans rosterBills roster • NFL scoreboard

Houston soared into its bye week on a high note following a 43-13 victory in Week 7 against Baltimore at Reliant Stadium. The Texans set a franchise record for points scored and earned the best record in the AFC with the win.

Running back Arian Foster rushed for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns to run his league-leading season total to 10. The defense recorded four sacks and scored nine points on a sack-safety by outside linebacker Connor Barwin and a 52-yard pick-six from cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

The Texans have used an efficient offensive attack and the NFL’s third-ranked defense to lead the league in time of possession (35:23). Quarterback Matt Schaub has won nine of his last 10 starts and ranks fourth in the AFC with a 93.1 passer rating. Foster is second in the AFC with 659 yards rushing and tight end Owen Daniels is on pace for the best season of his career with 33 receptions for 416 yards and four touchdowns.

Houston’s defense has been able to get off the field by forcing an AFC-best 26 three-and-out drives and ranks second in third-down efficiency (27.5 percent). Defensive end J.J. Watt leads the NFL with 9.5 sacks and leads the Texans with 52 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback hits and 10 passes defensed. Cornerback  Kareem Jackson is tied atop the AFC with three interceptions.

Buffalo ranks fourth in the NFL with 150.3 yards rushing per game behind the play of running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. While Buffalo’s backfield has produced yards, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has produced points. Fitzpatrick has thrown 15 touchdown passes and ranks second in the NFL in touchdown percentage (6.9). His favorite target has been receiver Stevie Johnson, who has caught 32 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns.

TEXANS-BILLS BRIEFLY
• Houston is 2-3 all-time against Buffalo, with both wins coming on the road.
• Three of the five meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less.
• Last Regular Season Meeting: Houston 31, Buffalo 10 on Nov. 1, 2009, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

A WIN AGAINST THE BILLS WOULD…
• Improve Houston’s best start in franchise history to 7-1.
• Improve Houston’s all-time record against the Bills to 3-3.
• Give Houston its first win at Reliant Stadium against Buffalo.
• Give Head Coach Gary Kubiak his 54th career regular season win.

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