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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Observation deck: Colts-Bills

By Mike Wells


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts could have at least waited until the second half -- when the interest level would have completely faded -- before having those here-we-go-again moments with their special teams in their 44-20 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Yes, it's only preseason. But the Colts can't get a pass when they allowed Marquise Goodwin, a former track star at the University of Texas, to go virtually untouched during a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter. That made Goodwin's 53-yard kickoff return in the first quarter seem like nothing. It is something when you're trying to improve in defending that area.

The Colts were 22nd in the league in kick returns last season, with opponents averaging 24.7 yards per return against them.

"You’re not going to give yourself a chance to win any football games by giving up big plays on special teams,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We’ve got to address that and make the necessary adjustments and corrections.”

Here are some other observations from Sunday: