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GAME RECAP | Bills run away from the Colts in preseason opener

Buffalo Bills running back Christian Wade (45) Buffalo Bills vs Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field, August 8, 2019.
Photo by Craig Melvin/Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills running back Christian Wade (45) Buffalo Bills vs Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field, August 8, 2019. Photo by Craig Melvin/Buffalo Bills

Location: New Era Field, Orchard Park N.Y.

Pre-season records: Buffalo (1-0), Indianapolis (0-1)

In a nutshell:

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-16 for their first win of the preseason.

The Bills defense looked like they were in regular season form. Buffalo, who ranked second in yards allowed in 2018, held the Colts scoreless until time expired for the first half. Tremaine Edmunds was flying all over the field, recording four tackles in his limited play time.

Buffalo’s pass defense swarmed to the ball and did not allow a passing touchdown.

Rookie safety Jaquan Johnson led the Bills with eight total tackles. Seventh-round pick Darryl Johnson played on the second-team at defensive end finishing with a sack and one pass defended.

Starters played roughly an entire quarter on Friday. Quarterback Josh Allen and the rest of Buffalo’s offensive and defensive starters each played at least two drives.

How it went down:

Devin Singletary shouldered the load during the Bills 10-play drive leading to their first score of the preseason. Singletary totaled 37 yards of the 46 needed to reach the goal line. Matt Barkley capped off the drive with an eight-yard strike to Cam Phillips in the back right corner of the endzone. Stephen Hauschka made the extra point. (7-0)

Dean Marlowe’s interception gave Buffalo the ball on the Colts 20. Barkley hit Senorise Perry for 15 yards to get down to the five-yard line. Three runs up the middle by Perry and the Bills were able to grab their second touchdown. Hauschka’s kick was good. (14-0)

Phillip Walker and Marcus Johnson connected on pass plays of 15 and 20 yards to move the Colts into field goal range. Cole Hedlund kicked it through the uprights to give Indy their first points of the first half as time expired. (14-3)

Buffalo extended its lead during its third drive of the second half. Tyree Jackson went deep to Isaiah McKenzie for 27 yards and a catch and run from Keith Towbridge for 21 highlighted the drive. Chase McLaughlin split the uprights for his first field goal. (17-3)

Indianapolis tightened the score in the fourth. Chad Kelly ran 33 yards for the score on a designed quarterback draw. Hedlund made the kick. (17-13)

Buffalo needed just one play to score on its next drive. Rugby player turned NFL running back Christian Wade scampered 65 yards to the end zone for his first touchdown at any level of football. McLaughlin extra point is good. (24-13)

The Colts put together a 16 play, 65-yard drive resulting in their third field goal of the night from Hedlund. (24-16)

Subplots:

  • Second-round pick Cody Ford played right guard with the first team and right tackle with the second team.
  • Zay Jones left the game early to be evaluated for a head injury but returned to the sidelines early in the second quarter and was cleared to return to the game.
  • The defensive line forced multiple incompletions and batted down three passes (Star Lotulelei, Darryl Johnson, Jordan Phillips) at the line of scrimmage.
  • Christian Wade’s touchdown was his first ever NFL carry
  • Tickets distributed for the game - 58,124
  • Notable players who did not play included RB LeSean McCoy, DE Jerry Hughes. LB Lorenzo Alexander, S Micah Hyde, C Mitch Morse.

Up next: The Bills travel down to North Carolina next week to take on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

Check out the top photos from the Colts vs. Bills game on Aug. 8, 2019 at New Era Field.

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