“I was very proud of our team with the way we came out there,” said Marrone. “There was a lot of good enthusiasm before the game. This was our first time as coaches being together out on the field. I really liked the way we communicated during the course of the game with the trainers and everyone and the players. Obviously there is still a lot of work to do for us.”
Early on there was an aborted play that led to a lost fumble early, as Manuel went 3-5 passing for 25 yards on the first two drives, the second of which resulted in a field goal. Early on his timing was slightly off with his receivers on a couple of throws, but by the end of the half he capped his first half of work with a touchdown drive.
“I just think I got more of a feel for the game, the flow of the game and things like that,” said Manuel. “The line did a great job, C.J. did an awesome job, especially early on those guys did a great job helping me get more into the game.”
Buffalo was down 10-3 after one quarter of play, with
Manuel went 12-14 passing in the second quarter with a touchdown. After a three-and-out on Buffalo’s initial possession in the second quarter, the Bills got the ball back two plays later when
Three plays after converting a 3rd-and-3 on a well-timed slant pass to
After the Colts responded with a field goal drive of their own, Marques Goodwin had the most impressive play of the day as he took a kickoff from seven yards deep in the end zone the distance outracing Colts coverage players 107 yards for a touchdown and a 13-10 Bills edge with just under eight minutes left in the half.
“I give all the credit to the guys that were blocking for me really,” said Goodwin. “I have the easiest job on the field just catching it and running fast and do what I do best. They blocked it really well. I followed behind
Buffalo’s defense stopped the Colts second team offense just shy of the two-minute warning at the Indianapolis 41.
Colts punter Pat McAfee did a very good job of pinning the Bills deep in their own territory at their own eight-yard line with 1:50 remaining. Buffalo had all of their timeouts at their disposal.
Manuel led the drive with a short out throw to
“Obviously this last two-minute drive was a heck of a job by everybody,” said Marrone. “The quarterback did a nice job and the other players did a nice job stopping the clock for us.”
After a defensive holding call set up a 1st-and-10 at the Indianapolis 30 with 29 seconds remaining in the half, Manuel found Woods again for a 12-yard pickup over the middle. A short pass to
With 19 seconds left in the half Manuel hit
Manuel went 9-9 for 68 yards on the drive and also had one carry for four yards that converted a 2nd-and-2 play.
“The two minute drill was impressive,” said Marrone. “We’re on the minus eight(-yard line) and we’ve got three timeouts and a minute 50 left. To do that it’s very impressive no matter who you are so I was excited about that.”
Fellow rookie signal caller
He converted a 3rd-and-12 with a 29-yard completion down the right sideline to
On the next possession Tuel led the offense on another 11-play drive, which ultimately stalled when a bad shotgun snap had to be covered up on a 3rd-and-2 at the Colts 11-yard line.
Tuel added a late touchdown pass to
The defense got a pair of first half turnovers, the first on a forced fumble by
“The defense was doing great,” said DE/OLB
The only big play surrendered by Buffalo’s defense was a 45-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck to T.Y. Hilton, who made a diving catch to score and stake the Colts to an early 10-3 lead.
After that the Bills outscored Indianapolis 41-10 the rest of the way, with the Colts only other points coming on a sack fumble return of 72 yards by Daxton Swanson for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Tuel was sacked as he was trying to deliver the football by Caesar Rayford.
Undrafted rookie cornerback
“Coach told us to have good leverage on the ball and we’ll make plays from there,” said Rolle. “Depending on the down and distance I played off that play and I was able to jump the route, and I was able to make a good play.”
Buffalo’s next preseason game is Friday when the Bills host the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.