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Texans’ Charles Omenihu hopes’ relentless’ attitude pays off against Bills QB Josh Allen



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Charles Omenihu was a rookie when the Texans beat the Bills in a 2019 AFC divisional round playoff game that required extra time. The defensive end spent the day chasing after Josh Allen, a young quarterback at the time who had just become the double-threat talent he is today.

Allen was second in voting for the league MVP last season, and, three games in 2021, the 6-5, 237-pound right-hander threw for 807 yards, seven touchdowns and interceptions. He also ran 18 times for 88 yards and one touchdown, forcing defensemen to consider his ability to scramble.

“You just have to be disciplined, but also aggressive and understand that he’s going to extend the game,” said Omenihu, who has eight tackles in three games this season. “You have to keep going and keep playing. “

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The Texans’ defense ranks 22nd in the NFL with six sacks in total this season. Texans coach David Culley and defensive coordinator Lovie Smith both insisted they were happy with the pressure they produced by at least making quarterbacks uncomfortable.

Smith’s defenses don’t often blitz. The Texans didn’t. Houston’s main onus is on rushing four to produce consistent pressure, which they’ll now have to do without a defensive tackle, which on Friday was placed on COVID-19 / reserve with starting linebacker Zach Cunningham.

“Just be relentless,” Omenihu said. “Relentless with your rush. Especially with a guy like that. You have to keep going, keep fighting, keep rushing because eventually it’s going to hit home.”