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Bills 30, Texans 21

QB Taylor keeps growing for Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — When it came time to pick his starting quarterback last summer, Bills coach Rex Ryan insisted Tyrod Taylor was just as effective a passer as he was a runner.

Some three months later, and with Buffalo in jeopardy of fading out of the AFC playoff race, Taylor put his dual-threat ability on display by staring down Houston's J.J. Watt-led defense. The first-year starter threw for three touchdowns — including a 40-yarder to Charles Clay with 1:53 left — and ran for one to beat the Texans.

"I think he's legit," Ryan said. "I think he's real. And people are starting to realize that."

Taylor completed 11 of 21 attempts for 211 yards, added 28 yards rushing and showed little fear in throwing into double coverage, completing two 53-yard passes to Sammy Watkins.

Houston's four-game winning streak ended.

"What I told the team was, 'Look, we have to do better,' " coach Bill O'Brien said. "It starts with me."

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