Grading the Buffalo Bills Performance vs. Indianapolis
|B||Tyrod managed the game well and made smart decisions. Penalties hurt drives.|
|A||Luck led offense never really got going. Great coverage in Secondary|
|Kicking and Special Teams||A+||Phenomenal job all around. Coverage, Kick-Off’s, Punts and Carpenter is money.|
|A-||Great game plan assembled. Tighten up on the penalties.|
Team Grade Overall
|A||Good day from the Top down. Kudos for Inducting Lou Saban on the Wall of Fame|
The Bills took it to Indy on Sunday in every phase of the game. Although this is just the first game of the season, I was expecting to see a lot more out of the Colts. Going into the season we all knew that Buffalo would have a very good defense. We didn’t know they would play that well with the absence of Marcel Dareus and with an inexperienced rookie corner back in Ronald Darby.
The biggest question mark of the day was how Tyrod Taylor would perform as the starting QB? He completed his first pass to LeSean McCoy out of the backfield which went for twenty-yards and a first down. He later completed passes to a host of new receivers including Charles Clay and Percy Harvin, including a 51 yard touchdown in the first quarter. Taylor continued to make smart decisions for 4 quarters and seemed to get everyone involved. The only player of note to not catch a ball was Sammy Watkins and the Bills still put up 27 points.
Speaking of McCoy, he had several good runs in which he needed to make cuts in order to elude defenders. The best rush he had was from 15 yards out in which he took to the end zone only to be called back on a holding call. Rookie Karlos Williams did have a nice 29 yard TD run in the 3rd quarter that put a nail in the Colts.
Dan Carpenter kicked two field goals of 41 and 46 yards in addition to three successful extra point attempts. The PAT’s have been pushed back to 30 yard attempts for the 2015-16 season adding more pressure to kickers. Colton Schmidt was a punting machine. Whoever talks about the punter after a game? Everyone in Buffalo was after the victory. Just a tremendous job by the kicking crew.
New head Coach Rex Ryan is as good as advertised on the sidelines. He challenged a play in the 1st quarter on a catch caught by Colts receiver Donte Moncrief. Which was overturned, negating a Colts first down. The defense, as inexperienced as it was never really waivered. Andrew Luck is an elite QB and has plenty of weapons at his disposal. He certainly had his moments but the pressure and coverages he faced were too much to overcome.
What needs to be fixed going forward? The penalties, Jerry Hughes had three alone. Holding calls are drive killers and defensive off-sides calls keep the chains moving in the wrong direction. Unsportsmanlike flags have no place in any league.
Player of the Game: Special Teams
Play of the Game I: Rondell Johnson Fumble Recovery in 4th Quarter, leads to Carpenter 45 yard FG and 13 point lead.
Play of the Game II: Aaron Williams Interception in the 4th Quarter solidifies W for Bills
Next up: New England Patriots (1-0-0) at Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, NY