The Colts’ game went pretty much to plan Sunday in Buffalo.
Peyton Manning got some work in, Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne caught the passes they needed to reach 100 receptions each and the Colts moved on, casually absorbing a 30-7 loss a week removed from the controversial end of their perfect season.
It was hardly a controversy for them to put important people in ponchos in the snow at Ralph Wilson Stadium as we saw some miserable numbers for rookie relief quarterback Curtis Painter and three touchdown throws by the Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Run defense was a major issue, and I don’t know that it qualifies as a big surprise when you piece together the equation of a meaningless game, defensive backups and a snowy field.
Fred Jackson got the ball 33 times and took it 212 yards. It made for a fast-moving game which got the 14-2 Colts perhaps the most important thing of the day -- a quick exit from Western New York.