The Buffalo Bills are 1 and 0 after shutting down the Indianapolis Colts and keeping one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks Andrew Luck in check. The final score was 27-14.
The Bills defense lived up to the hype, shutting out the Colts through the entire first half. And the offense used that time to run up a lead of 24-0 before surrendering two second-half touchdowns.
Tyrod Taylor played his first game ever for the Bills and showed why he won the starting quarterback job. Taylor led an effective offense that racked up 342 total yards, including a 51-yard touchdown bomb in the second quarter to new receiver Percy Harvin. Running back Karlos Williams ripped off a 26-yard touchdown run that was made possible by a great block from receiver Sammy Watkins.
Watkins was held without a catch in the game but he says that’s fine as long as the team gets in the win column.
On defense, the Bills got pressure on Andrew Luck consistently but it was the team’s play in the secondary that really turned heads. The team had two interceptions, including one from rookie cornerback Ronald Darby, who many thought would be exposed by Luck and some talented Colts receivers. After the game, Luck gave the Bills defense credit for a standout performance.
New head coach Rex Ryan said it was important for the team to get off on the right foot, defeating the Colts, who advanced to the AFC Championship game just last season.
Next up for the Bills will be Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who come to town for another big early season test of just how good the Bills really are.