5 takeaways from the Bills win over the Colts (video)
By: Nick Wojton
5 takeaways from the Bills loss to the Colts
ORCHARD PARK – The Buffalo Bills might have won the game, but Mother Nature won the day.
It was a winter wonderland out in Orchard Park on Sunday, but a game against the Indianapolis Colts (3-10) still had to be played, and the Bills are clinging to life in the AFC playoff picture following an instant classic in overtime, a 13-7 win.
With that, here are five takeaways from the Bills 10-7 loss to the Colts:
Peterman’s performance: Well, no interceptions, no problem. Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman redeemed himself a bit against the Colts. He didn’t throw five interceptions, or even one for that matter. The rookie did have a decent day despite the blizzard, going 5-for-11 with 57 yards and a touchdown. However, Peterman paid the price, he slid head-first and sustained a head injury. He’s in the concussion protocol per Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott. He walked off to the locker room and Joe Webb took over quarterbacking duties. Webb played admirably going 2-for-6 for 35 yards.
Cold-blooded Shady: Running back LeSean McCoy clearly had to be a factor in the snow and he was. McCoy had a big gainer down the right sideline where he leapt a defender. That went for 23 yards, and he added another of 25 yards the next play. That helped the Bills get down the field just before half time to help them put the lone score on the board in regulation until the Colts comeback late and his game-winner in overtime. McCoy finished with 4.9 yards-per-carry on 32 carries. That’s 156 rushing yards.
Benjamin bodies: Fans found out why the Bills front office felt the need to trade for Kelvin Benjamin. The 6-foot-5 target used his big body to get the Bills offense into the end zone. He caught a 21-yard grab from Peterman to get the Bills into the red zone, boding a defender down the sideline, and he leapt for an eight-yard touchdown to the back corner of the end zone. However, Benjamin left the game with a knee injury. McDermott said after the game he’s still being evaluated.
Questionable plays called again: There have already been complaints about the Bills play calling around this season. Rick Dennison, the team’s offensive coordinator, needs to be questioned once again. With the game tied at 7-7, Dennison decided to unleash Webb’s passing for the first time, leading to an interception which nearly cost Buffalo the game. Additionally, fourth-down wasn’t pretty. Buffalo won that game, but McDermott blew it on 4th-and-2 when he punted.
Snow days: It was a little cold out there. Despite the conditions, the show went on. Players and fans both embraced it. When Ryan Davis recorded a sack, the defensive line celebrated with a snowball fight. Twice during timeouts rookie Tre’Davious White was dancing on the field. When Shady ran in the winning score, players rushed from the sideline and slid in the snow. Fans in the crowd tossed snowballs and built snowmen. Kudos to those who stuck it out. But there was an ugly side of it all. Multiple injuries on the day are never good. Along with Peterman and Benjamin, offensive lineman Jordan Mills and linebacker Ramon Humber left the game.
For more on the Bills win over the Colts, see the attached video below for Sean McDermott’s post game presser conference: