Sometimes geography and TV schedules make seeing a preseason game impossible. In New Orleans, I was unable to see the Indianapolis-Buffalo game. But from highlights, write-ups and statistical review, here are some bullet-point thoughts on the Colts’ 34-21 loss to Buffalo on Thursday night in Toronto.
Joseph Addai showed great burst and was slippery on his 17-yard touchdown run.
Jacob Tamme found a nice space between three defenders and Peyton Manning put a perfect pass there for a 21-yard score.
Bob Sanders was back on the field for the first time since Nov. 1, 2009.
Curtis Painter fared far better than he did in the preseason opener, completing 5 of 6 passes for 97 yards, a touchdown and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Devin Moore had a nice night as a return man, with two punt returns for 51 yards and four kickoff returns for 129 yards.
Dwight Freeney and Antoine Bethea were among the players who slipped off of C.J. Spiller during the rookie’s 31-yard touchdown run.
The Colts stutter-started with early penalties against Ramon Humber and Tony Ugoh and a Manning tipped-ball interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Just one sack, from Eric Foster.
Three lost fumbles, including one from Ray Fisher who’s trying to win a return job.
Not that they care, but ... this was Indy's 21st loss in its last 25 preseason games.
AFC East wizard Tim Graham was there to look at things from a Buffalo perspective. Here are his notes and his column on Spiller.