Friday, August 20, 2010
Thoughts on Bills 34, Colts 21
By Paul Kuharsky
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.