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Banks, Texans tough enough

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Tony Banks keeps making a case that he's capable of being an NFL starter again. The Buffalo Bills' banged-up and inept Drew Bledsoe-led offense could've used him yesterday.

Filling in for injured starter David Carr, Banks outdid Bledsoe, sparking the Houston Texans to a 12-10 victory.

Despite playing only three quarters after Carr bruised his right shoulder 10 minutes into the game, Banks finished with 207 yards passing to Bledsoe's 184. And Banks engineered more touchdown drives -- one -- than Bledsoe has managed in his last three outings. As the Texans (4-6), who host the Patriots next Sunday, celebrated matching their win total from last year's expansion season, the Bills (4-6) were left shell-shocked after losing their sixth in eight games.Besides losing Carr, who will have an MRI exam today, the Texans were minus cornerback Marcus Coleman and linebacker Antwan Peek, who were suspended for unspecified violations.Banks finished 11 of 16 and hit Andre Johnson for a 46-yard TD which put the Texans up, 6-5, in the second quarter. Houston never relinquished the lead as Kris Brown made two field goals.

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  W L T Pct. PF PA
Patriots 8 2 0 .800 19.6 15.5
Dolphins 6 4 0 .600 17.7 14.7
Bills 4 6 0 .400 15.9 17.0
Jets 3 7 0 .300 19.7 21.1
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