5. No snow, no problem
Last December, NFL fans across the country watched in awe as eight inches of snow fell on New Era Field during Buffalo’s Week 14 game against the Colts. Throughout the contest, which is now commonly referred to as the “Snow Game,” the Bills and Colts duked it out in blizzard-like conditions for more than just bragging rights. Coming down to overtime, the Bills came away with a victory, thanks to a game-ending touchdown run by LeSean McCoy, advanced their record to 7-6 and kept their postseason hopes alive. McCoy finished the game with 156 yards rushing and a score in the win. No doubt the weather conditions will be different this time around, but Shady is looking for another big performance against Indianapolis and might get his chance against a middle of the pack ranked Colts run ‘D.’
The Buffalo Bills will travel to Indianapolis Week 7 to take on the Colts. In anticipation of the matchup, we take a look at the opponents through the years.
*4. Milano making history *
Bills linebacker Matt Milano is turning out to be quite the draft diamond. A fifth-round pick out of Boston College, Milano, who showcased glimpses of his talent in 2017 during his rookie year, continues to impress. Currently, the sophomore is looking like a seasoned vet – especially when it comes to fumble recoveries. Milano has totaled a league-leading three through the first six weeks of the season and is closing in on a stat that was last achieved by a Bills Hall of Famer, long before Milano was even born. With one more fumble recovery, Milano will become the first Bill to have four in a single season since 1985 when Bruce Smith accomplished the feat.
*3. Sack party continues *
The Bills defense has been downright dangerous this season and has been particularly unforgiving when it comes to applying pressure on quarterbacks. The sack party that started as invitation only earlier this season, with just a few members of Buffalo’s defense stopping by, has grown in numbers and taken on new life over the past couple outings. Last week, the Bills recorded seven sacks on Texans QB Deshaun Watson. From veterans Kyle Williams and Lorenzo Alexander to rookies Taron Johnson and Siran Neal getting in on the action, the Bills have totaled 19 sacks this season and rank third in the NFL.
*2. A Hughes payoff *
Speaking of sacks, for the Bills, veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes is the gift that keeps on giving. A Colts’ first-round pick in 2010, Hughes, was traded to Buffalo in 2013 in exchange for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. Hughes immediately made a huge impact for the Bills, recording 10 sacks in his first season with his new team. Flash-forward to 2018 and Hughes is still at it. With 4.5 sacks already on the campaign, Hughes is leading the Bills’ defensive unit in the category and is showing no signs of slowing down. The nine-year pro has compiled 39.5 since 2013, which is the most sacks by any Bills player in that time frame. He’s also been one of the most consistent defenders in Buffalo’s lineup, playing in 105 consecutive games.
*1. Circle the Wagons *
The Bills have spent four of the past six weeks on the road and the team is eager to close out Week 7 with a win. A victory would mark their third of the 2018 season and would give the Bills momentum as they move into a two-game stretch at New Era Field – a place that they’ve gone 7-3 under head coach Sean McDermott. With Colts signal caller Andrew Luck back in the mix, after missing the entire 2017 season with an injury, the game will present its challenges, but the Bills are up for the test. Time to Circle the Wagons.