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GAME RECAP: Bills fall to Colts on the road

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Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

Regular season records: Buffalo (2-5), Indianapolis (2-5)

In a nut shell:

The Bills dropped their second consecutive game in Week 7, losing to the Colts in Indianapolis by a score of 37-5.

Derek Anderson got the start for Buffalo at quarterback, completing 20 passes for 175 yards and three interceptions. Chris Ivory played well after replacing the injured LeSean McCoy early, running for 81 yards on 16 attempts. Marcus Murphy also impressed on the ground, running for 53 yards. Buffalo finished the game with 303 net yards.

The Bills' defense largely struggled to stop the Colts' offense throughout the day, allowing 376 net yards. Andrew Luck completed 17 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns. Marlon Mack ran for 126 yards on 19 attempts.

With the loss, the Bills fell to 2-5 on the season.

Game day photos from Week 7 of the 2018 season as the Buffalo Bills take on the Indianapolis Colts.

How it went down:

  • The Colts found the end zone on their third drive of the day, capping off a 13-play, 75-yard drive with their first score. Andrew Luck led Indianapolis down the field, completing five passes on the drive. He finished the drive off with his tenth red zone touchdown of the year, connecting with tight end Erik Swoope from 17 yards out. Adam Vinatieri missed the extra point (6-0). 
  • Indianapolis quickly regained possession of the ball when Darius Leonard recovered a Charles Clay fumble in Colts' territory. It took Luck just three plays to drive Indianapolis down the field, finishing the drive off with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Mack. The Colts executed a two-point conversion attempt (14-0).
  • With less than two minutes remaining in the half, Luck added his third touchdown pass of the day. Luck found T.Y. Hilton in the end zone from five yards out to give the Colts a three-score lead with 1:48 remaining in the half (21-0).
  • Indianapolis safety Mike Mitchell intercepted a Derek Anderson pass at the Colts' 21-yard line with 29 seconds remaining in the second quarter, returning it 47 yards into Buffalo territory. Vinatieri padded the lead with a 36-yard field goal as the half expired (24-0).
  • Buffalo started the second half off with a 12-play, 56-yard drive that took the first seven minutes of the third quarter off the clock. Marcus Murphy ran for 22 yards on the series. The drive stalled out once the Bills got deep into Colts territory, and the team settled for a Stephen Hauschka field goal (24-3).
  • With less than one minute remaining in the third quarter, a bad snapped sailed past Luck and out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety (24-5).
  • Indianapolis cornerback Quincy Wilson picked an Anderson fumble at midfield and took the ball all the way down to the Bills' two-yard line. Luck quickly found Hilton in the end zone for the wideout's second touchdown of the day (31-5).
  • Kenny Moore intercepted a pass from Anderson with just over five minutes remaining in the contest. Mack took the ball in from 20-yards out on the first play of the drive. Vinatieri missed the extra point (37-5).

Subplots:

  • QB Derek Anderson made his Bills debut on Sunday, making his first NFL start since the 2016 season.
  • RB Chris Ivory picked up his 5,000th career rushing yard on Sunday, becoming the 137th player in NFL history to reach the milestone.
  • WR Kelvin Benjamin had his best outing of the season, catching four passes for 71 yards.
  • Rookies Tremaine Edmunds and Taron Johnson led the team in tackles on Sunday, both totaling seven.
  • Inactive for the game were WR Ray-Ray McCloud, QB Josh Allen, RB Taiwan Jones, CB Ryan Lewis, OG Ike Boettger, OT Conor McDermott, and OG Wyatt Teller.

Up next:

The Bills will return home on Monday, Oct. 29 for a primetime matchup with the New England Patriots. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

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