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Making his first career start, J.P. Losman engineered scoring drives on each of Buffalo's first five possessions, leading the Bills at home.
The 2004 first-round draft pick finished 17 of 28 for 170 yards and a touchdown.
"I'm here, I'm the starter now. It's my second year. We're going to get it rolling," Losman said.
Rian Lindell hit five field goals, one short of the team record set by Steve Christie in 1996.
The defense did the rest, generating five turnovers, five sacks and limiting Houston to 120 yards.
The Bills led 12-0 about four minutes into the second quarter before the Texans gained their initial first down.
Houston QB David Carr finished with dreadful numbers: 9 of 21 for 70 yards and three interceptions. Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson was a non-factor, finishing with three catches for 18 yards.
"I'm embarrassed," Johnson said. "I don't know what to say. We didn't do anything. We got our butts kicked."
Buffalo began erasing the frustrating memories of last year's 0-4 start, and it established renewed confidence in Losman, who was coming off a shaky preseason. And the Bills won in style, wearing throwback blue-and-white uniforms and white helmets featuring a standing red buffalo.
Although it's too early to start comparing Losman to Jack Kemp, the team's starter in '65, the youngster from Tulane hit eight of his first 10 attempts and consistently scrambled out of trouble. The only knock was an inability to find the end zone. The Bills settled for field goals, including a 42-yarder, on their first four possessions.
Bills RB Willis McGahee finished with 117 yards rushing, his eighth career 100-yard performance. Buffalo improved to 8-0 when McGahee has 100 yards rushing.
Buffalo: FG Lindell 35, 9:24.
Buffalo: FG Lindell 21, 1:43.
Buffalo: FG Lindell 42, 13:57.
Buffalo: FG Lindell 39, 11:07.
Hou: Carr 1 run (K. Brown kick), 6:37.
Buffalo: Peters 1 pass from Losman (Lindell kick), 0:29.
Buffalo: FG Lindell 31, 7:11.
TexansBillsFirst Downs 1120Total Net Yards 120316Rushes-Yards 23-9536-152Passing 25164Punt Returns 1-62-19Kickoff Returns 7-1412-32Interceptions Ret. 0-03-22Comp-Att-Int 9-21-317-28-0Sacked-Yards Lost 5-451-6Punts 5-42.65-40.6Fumbles-Lost 2-20-0Penalties-Yards 6-3810-71Time Of Possession 21:4538:15 RUSHING
Houston, Davis 14-48, Carr 7-40, A. Johnson 2-7.
Buffalo: McGahee 22-117, Losman 6-31, S. Williams 7-14, Evans 1-(minus 10).
Houston, Carr 9-21-3-70.
Buffalo: Losman 17-28-0-170.
Houston, A. Johnson 3-18, Wells 2-10, D. Davis 2-9, Bruener 1-19, Murphy 1-14.
Buffalo: Moulds 4-40, Evans 3-68, McGahee 3-15, Campbell 2-18, S. Williams 2-11, Shelton 1-11, Reed 1-6, Peters 1-1.
MISSED FIELD GOALS